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post #11 of 238 Old 01-23-2012, 02:57 PM
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I hope Duffy finds her place :) She knows you have her best interests at heart!
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post #12 of 238 Old 01-23-2012, 02:59 PM Thread Starter
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I'm sure she will.. great believer in everything happens for a reason ;)

And if I'm honest, she's such a friendly horse, I don't think she'll have any issues!
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post #13 of 238 Old 01-23-2012, 03:03 PM
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You are smart enough to know when it's time to make a change. Doing what is right for both you and your horse is sometimes hard - but it's the right thing.

I get as much fun out of the hunt for new horses as I do for finally finding one.

I'm not arguing with you, I'm just explaining why I'm right.

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post #14 of 238 Old 01-23-2012, 03:05 PM
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Cautionary tale, I had no reason ever to buy G Man, wasn't the right horse for me.

Having lived with him for a while I KNEW he wasn't the right horse for me, so I sold him. The person who bought him lost his job, and the drought meant he was short of hay, so G Man came home. I started to ride him more and we found dressage together.

Just before Christmas I listed him again, had a trade organized, it fell through, had a sale half way organized when Ben became available on terms where I could keep G Man. I figure some horses are either meant to be, or they are just boomerangs, you throw them but they keep coming back.

BUT, young Max who was born on the farm here, and I had such fun starting, I knew he was not going to be the horse I hoped for, no tell I lie, he was 100% what I hoped for, so laid back and bombproof, that he would of bored the panties off of even this nervous rider. First person who saw him loved him bought him and is very happy with him.
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Best of luck with your decision. The most important decisions are the hardest to make, arent they?!
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post #16 of 238 Old 01-23-2012, 03:12 PM Thread Starter
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You are smart enough to know when it's time to make a change. Doing what is right for both you and your horse is sometimes hard - but it's the right thing.

I get as much fun out of the hunt for new horses as I do for finally finding one.
It is hard, I feel a bit... not relieved, wrong word, but I feel that I have done what I can with her, and she needs a better rider now in jumping.

And I do too :P
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post #17 of 238 Old 01-23-2012, 03:15 PM Thread Starter
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Cautionary tale, I had no reason ever to buy G Man, wasn't the right horse for me.

Having lived with him for a while I KNEW he wasn't the right horse for me, so I sold him. The person who bought him lost his job, and the drought meant he was short of hay, so G Man came home. I started to ride him more and we found dressage together.

Just before Christmas I listed him again, had a trade organized, it fell through, had a sale half way organized when Ben became available on terms where I could keep G Man. I figure some horses are either meant to be, or they are just boomerangs, you throw them but they keep coming back.

BUT, young Max who was born on the farm here, and I had such fun starting, I knew he was not going to be the horse I hoped for, no tell I lie, he was 100% what I hoped for, so laid back and bombproof, that he would of bored the panties off of even this nervous rider. First person who saw him loved him bought him and is very happy with him.

At the time, Duffy was SO the right horse for me. She's taught me to be quick on my toes (quite literally) and how to handle a spoilt brat of a horse that says NO in a big way... But, I think I have outgrown (not height wise obviously) what I can do with her, and she needs someone sportier, and jumpier to take her further!! I've learnt to rehab a skinny horse, and teach a stubborn mare that forwards is the way.. forwards.. because I have three dogs that need feeding otherwise ;D
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post #18 of 238 Old 01-23-2012, 03:33 PM
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I still can't get over her height.... That being said, you're amazing for considering she might be better off in someone else's hands. I don't think I could ever concede to myself that someone else may be better for my horse!
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post #19 of 238 Old 01-23-2012, 03:36 PM Thread Starter
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I still can't get over her height.... That being said, you're amazing for considering she might be better off in someone else's hands. I don't think I could ever concede to myself that someone else may be better for my horse!

If I jumped, I'd improve myself. But I am petrified of it. Dressage isn't going to be easy for her to the level I want to do- so I need to let her go to someone to do what she likes.

I'd love to keep her, honestly! But gotta think long term happiness for me and her!
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post #20 of 238 Old 01-23-2012, 03:51 PM
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Duffy, if you are serious about competing and your trainer thinks she doesn't fit in as a dressage horse, but would be a nice jumper, then I think you do the right thing. Wish you best luck finding a great home for her and finding the horse that suits your needs! (P.S. And if she gets sold close to your place you can always visit :) ).
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