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    07-21-2013, 02:19 AM
How to decide when its time to sell

I have a 15yo App/QH cross that I have had for ten years now. He pulled me threw my teenage years and kept me out of a ALOT of trouble. I have enjoyed tons and tons of trails and arena work on him. However, he has been in the pasture for about three years. You can still go throw a halter on and go like nothing or put him on a lunge line and he acts like he has never forgotten a day. My problem is that I have gotten into gaited horses (due to back and hip problems) and I don't ride him very often. I would want him to go to a lesson barn or somewhere around kids. I have NEVER known him to offer a bite or kick. He is not the most trust worthy mount out on trails but he works beautifuly in lessons. He's calm and laid back and just loves attention and work in general. My problem is giving up a horse I have had for so long. I just don't think I can leave him in a pasture any longer. It doesnt do him justice. Another problem is the fact that he was abused prior to me getting him. It took me almost 2 years to be able to bathe him or spray him with fly spray because he was mortified of it. He was also in several trailer accidents and he did not load well at all. He also still doesnt tie. I never tie him. He is taught to ground tie or you can just throw a lead over a hitching post and he will not more. We have also spent many many hours on loading and he loads like a champ but it has to be in a stock trailer or one with a wider door way. Anytime I want to do anything with him I just throw the lead over his neck say "stand" and voila, he is mentally tied but not physically. I don't want his bad habits to stick him in a bad home. I just don't know if there is anyone out their that can really appreciate how good and trust worthy he is around inexperienced people and kids with some of the quirks that he has. I just need help with finding a good home because he is an amazing horse.
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    07-21-2013, 02:44 AM
I don't know anyone in VA that could help you, but what about just contacting reputable barns?

Or therapeutic riding places? So often they get horses that are quite old (not that there is anything inherently wrong with that, but their usefulness is limited), or lame. Too often the clients are limited by the types of available horses.
    07-21-2013, 02:50 AM
There isnt a whole lot around and the only places I have talked to want me to donate him to them so that they can adopt him out and get an adoption fee for him and that's not what I want. I want him to go to a home where he is going to get the attention he deserves. I wouldnt hesitate for a second to put any age kid on him or beginner. I don't recommend it for trails but in an arena or with a rider instructor he would be perfect. I have been trying to find someone that would use him for lessons or for theraputic kids. He is extremely slow, cautious, with children and really pays attention to them. He has an automatic whoa if your feet come out of the stirrups or if you get thrown way off balance and are about to fall.

I don't want money for him and I will gladly deliver within surrounding states but there isnt much around me.
    07-21-2013, 02:55 AM
I do hope that I am reading this wrong, but you have a new interest in horses, so the horse that has taught you everything for 10 years has to move along?

I am sorry, but he deserves his forever home, and you owe that to him. As you have other horses then I would assume he's at home, so just let him be, and care for him there.

I find it very hard when people got the best years out of a horse, and then are done with them and want to move them along, while affording other horses. That's just morally wrong to me.
    07-21-2013, 03:04 AM
He doesnt deserve to set in a pasture. He deserves to have some petting and loving all over him and working with people daily. I can't ride him. I have fussed vertebrea in my back pinching a sciatic nerve. My riding anything other than a gaited horse has been thrown out the window. If I ride him for more than ten or fifteen minutes I can't walk the next day. How is it fair to him to not be ridden? He loves being ridden and worked. What am I suppose to do just ground work him everyday? I am not shoving him off on someone. I am wanting him to go to a home that both he and the people would benefit from. What is so wrong with wanting to put him in a home where he could be loved and petted on by kids? And get the attention he deserves? Why should he just stand in a pasture? That's fun I guess. Just retire him at 15yo so that by the time he is 20yo he is eat up with arthritis from the lack of exercise.
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    07-21-2013, 03:06 AM
I don't have the best years out of him. He still has plenty of good years left but only if he is kept in shape and used for something other than a pasture puff. If he stays a pasture puff he is going to have a lot more issues than if he were placed in a home as a lesson horse.
    07-21-2013, 03:13 AM
I agree, he's 15, but he gave you your best 10 years. Is it a hardship to keep him? And ride him once a month on the trails.

I think you are doing him a disservice to move him along, when he taught you so much.
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    07-21-2013, 03:27 AM
I wish I could...I'm in VA but really can't afford ANOTHER
    07-21-2013, 03:27 AM
Originally Posted by toosexy4myspotz    
I don't have the best years out of him. He still has plenty of good years left but only if he is kept in shape and used for something other than a pasture puff. If he stays a pasture puff he is going to have a lot more issues than if he were placed in a home as a lesson horse.
The more I think about this, the more justifying you are doing. Move the horse along if it's what you want to do. Just don't need pats on the head for it, and justify yourself when you don't get them.

I think you are doing wrong by this horse. Especially as I think you have the horses at home.

However you have made your decision so what's the point of the question. I do hope your horse finds a soft landing and not an auction house.
    07-21-2013, 03:34 AM
Here is a little history behind "us" I bought him when I was 15yo. He was 5yo. He was semi trained. He tolerated a rider but he didnt know how to do anything but follow another horse. I put over six months of ground work into him and rode him everyday for exactly for one year. On the 366th day was his first day off. I have put a tremendous amount of time into him. I just don't want him to be wasting away in a pasture. That is what I feel he is doing when he could be helping people learn. Yes he is kept at home. Financially isnt an issue. I just feel like he is sitting there when he shouldnt be like, Im neglecting him for not riding him.

I wanted to start riding him this spring and wasnt able. (Im currently 33 weeks pregnant and only ride my SSH right now). I feel like I am just putting working him off due to other things in life happening. Right now my back cannot tolerate riding. After having this baby, maybe, I will be able to ride him and not have problems. I don't know, I would just have to wait and see. I just hate seeing them in the pasture and nothing to do.

We also have a 26yo welsh that I am afraid this winter is going to be the deciding factor on whether we have to put him down. Last winter was almost unbearable and I don't know that he can make it threw another one. He has had kind of a rough life. He isnt anything but a pasture puff but he was my husbands horse as a child and like you are saying, we owe it to him to retire him and just let them be horses the last years of their lives.

I am very emotionally tied to the 15yo. Its not easy thinking of getting rid of him but I just want what is best for him. Whether its going to a good home with people to gooble him up or whether its to stay here and be ridden every now and then. That's what I need help deciding. Its just hard to see him set around.
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