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post #1 of 4 Old 12-12-2011, 10:36 PM Thread Starter
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This Goodbye Isnt Forever

Tonight I sold my mare who I've had for 8 years. I outgrew her a long time ago, she is a great barrel and pole horse for me, but I outgrew her riding wise. She was never going to be the horse I wanted her to be, couldn't take me as far as I want to go. But she was my horse, I am very attached to her. Thought of selling alot but I could never let her go. Until now. I had been giving this 11 year old girl lessons, she's a good rider and needed a better horse. The old gelding she has will never be competitive, but was a good horse to learn on in barrels. Her grandma had been looking for her a new horse one to step up on. Patty was out of price range. After buying my new 4 year old colt I kept thinking now what about Patty. Patty is a kids horse Youth horse. I offered to sell them her, dropped the price and said I'd take payments. The girl rode her and did really well on her, tonight was the second night she rode her. We haven't worked on barrels yet but they get along, and anyone can run Patty. I have to write up a contract, in the contact it will state if they ever sale I get first right of refusal. She even said I could make payments on her if they sell her someday. So my mare will have a good new home where she will be well taken care of and continue being used. I will still see her everyday (until I move someday) and her future is insured that if sold she comes back to me. Im sad but happy at the same time. Just thought I would share, needed to share really.
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post #2 of 4 Old 12-12-2011, 11:35 PM
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Aww, I'm sorry you have to sell your mare :( I'm currently facing the decision of whether or not to sell my gelding (he's becoming physically unable to do what I'd like to do riding wise), and as hard as it is for me, I'm sure it's even harder for you (I've only had my guy 10 months!)
On the bright side, you get to see her all the time and know she's going to a great home with a little girl who does well with her :)

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post #3 of 4 Old 12-12-2011, 11:39 PM
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I'm very sorry. I'm stuck in the back-and-forth stage myself....the horse I learned on that can no longer do what I want to do. I know the feeling. But at least you have a chance to get her back, and she'll be happy being used now.

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It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #4 of 4 Old 12-13-2011, 07:47 AM
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At least you can put all your effort in to your new one now, and do just that. I sold my old horse in May, he is on the same yard as me still and he's gone from top dressage horse on that place as far as private owners are concerned, to a happy hacker in 8 months.

Sometimes, you think ' I would SO not be doing it that way' and unless its dangerous, you have to bite your tongue.

People said i was strong being able to sell my horse and have him on the same yard, but I wasn't. I cried as soon as I signed him over, straight in to the arms of my stone faced trainer who promised me everything would work out for the best- and it did.

GL with your new one, and hope Patty continues to thrive with this young girl who you have given a chance for better riding... that is a very, very kind hearted thing for you to do.
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