Alrighty, I have a bit of a delema. I have 3 wonderful horses, only one of which I actually own. At my ranch, my boss will purchase a horse for a worker, and it is their's to train and keep. I have a 2 year old arab. Mare, and an 11 year old arab. Gelding.
I am currently training both of them, the 11 year old will be racing with me this season.
Anyway, this crazy boy just came to me with -zero- training. I broke him, and payed for all his expensies (granted I've only had him since november, I will have him for at least 2 years. That's a long time!) anyway, I have worked very hard for him, he is my boy.
We do endurance racing, the kids who do not compete in endurance really look at us as if we where gods lol.
Anyway, this girl, ashley, has a VERY nice paint gelding named Bolt (again, my boss owns him). He is absoulutly gorgous, and she wants to compete in barrel racing on him. Good for her, all the power to ashley! I am very excited and supportive of her goal.
So, we go training for our endurance rides. And ashley starts talking about how she has to go training as well. I got a little confused, but she was refering to her practicing barrels. I found it a bit odd how she refered to it as 'training'.
She wants an endurance horse sooooo badly. And really, endurance is more glorified than it really is. I wanted to dapple into it, and I found out what its really like, and its nothing like I imagined.
So ashley and her friend keep talking about how they are getting my horse! I was so pissed off. Who knows? I might stick with him rather than the filly, 2 years is a lonngg time! She was even planning out what colours she would use on him and everything.
Now im going to be totally honest with you. I broke my back for this horse, and im (still) working very hard with him, my boss didnt even think he would be able to be broken. (he has a short attention span, and he dosent connect with people well. ) why would I be breaking, training, and getting miles on a horse if he wont stay with me? (all of the other people with their own horses have the same set up, but their horses will not be 'hand me downs' so to speak.)
Now really, what should I do about this? How should I tackle this problem, or should I just let it go? Im a little peeved, and could really use your help! Its bothering me just a bit, id like to get this resolved. I really do not like people talking behind my back about how I should take care of my horses, or about how they should be riding them.