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        11-25-2013, 03:57 PM
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    How do you know when/if you should sell?

    How do you know if you should sell a horse?

    It's been on my mind for several months now to put my 2006 gelding Dakota up for sale... for a myriad of reasons... but I keep rethinking it and confusing myself.

    I have a huge emotional investment in Dakota, but I'm trying to look at things with an impartial view... and it's extremely hard.

    My reasons for thinking about selling him are as follows:

    I have a minimum wage job and am planning on returning to college and won't have much time to mess with the horses as often anymore. I have two other horses who require more attention than he does (a rescue mare who is underweight and a pregnant mare). Next year I will have a foal to raise and train and Dakota will be booted aside -again-, which isn't fair to him. I can only ride him alone or with his dam because he's moody and unpredictable around other horses (and I hardly ever ride alone or with just one other person, so he is barely getting ridden). I get frustrated with him easily when I do work/ride him and it rarely ends well or on a happy note. We really and truly don't click that well, either. There are times when we click extremely well, but those times are few and far in-between... and I'm a little intimidated by him, if I'm honest with myself.

    It just doesn't seem fair, to me, to keep him and rarely work with him and constantly boot him to the side in favor of another horse.

    Really, the only reasons I have for keeping him is the fact that he was born on the property and was a sixteenth birthday gift to me by an uncle/father-figure who died a year later... I love him to death and it makes me cry to just think about selling him, but I think that selling him may be in the best interests of both him and me...

    What do yall think? What would yall do?
         
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        11-25-2013, 04:43 PM
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    Green Broke
    There is no clear point for selling. It's not like you don't know one minute but you know the next. The only thing that happens is that you decide to do it.

    Horse's have no concept of fair. And if he's happy in a paddock he probably doesn't care at all that you do nothing with him. Try not to make your decision based on the horse - instead base it on you. Do you want to keep working with him? Do you want to keep him for emotional attachment? Do you feel and three horses is too much and he's the one to go? Do you feel that there is no point keeping him if you're just going to keep pushing him aside?

    If you've been thinking about it for a while, then I imagine that you don't want him anymore, and you just have to make the decision. It's completely up to you though.
         
        11-25-2013, 06:23 PM
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    Try not to make your decision based on the horse - instead base it on you. Do you want to keep working with him? Do you want to keep him for emotional attachment? Do you feel and three horses is too much and he's the one to go? Do you feel that there is no point keeping him if you're just going to keep pushing him aside?

    If you've been thinking about it for a while, then I imagine that you don't want him anymore, and you just have to make the decision. It's completely up to you though.
    I think I've gotten to the point that I just don't like working with him anymore because working with him frustrates me, frustrates him, and always ends in a mess... It's like no matter what I do I just can't set us up for success anymore and neither of us enjoy arguing with each other.

    I'd love to keep him for emotional attachment, but I don't like the idea of rarely ever riding him or working with him, and I know that that's what will happen... he'll constantly get booted aside.

    I don't feel like three horses is too much, either. I feel pretty confidant that I can handle three or more horses... I already have three, and will have another one next June... it's more of the fact that I won't have much time to work with him when the foal gets here. I already don't have that much time for him and next year that time will be cut in half. I do, however, feel that he'd be the best choice to sell, as he's young, in his prime, and would make a great fun-show horse or riding companion if someone just had the time to dedicate to him that I don't. He's already a great horse, but he could easily be much better with someone who has the spare time to get out and work with him.
         
        11-25-2013, 06:44 PM
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    Weanling
    You could do a free lease on him if you aren't sure of actually selling him. If you find after he leaves, & is gone for a few months, that you can deal with him being gone-- you could sell him then. A free lease is a good way to let someone have the pleasure of having a horse but you still own the horse. I understand what you're going through here- I have a 9 year old Thoroughbred gelding who is by far my favorite horse because he's the same horse everytime you ride him-- but I have a green broke stallion, a VERY nervous/scared 8 year old barrel racing Quarter Horse, and a real brat of a off track Thoroughbred mare who are getting my attention more than my best gelding. As long as he isn't being neglected(as in starved, never talked too/brushed, etc) I'm sure he isn't minding just being a lazy pasture ornament.
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        11-25-2013, 06:55 PM
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    I might try to do a lease... I live in a very small community, so in order to do a lease I'd really have to advertise him out somewhere aside from around here...
         
        11-25-2013, 07:02 PM
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    Weanling
    That's my issue! I live in a very small community also. I wouldn't mind to lease my boy out for a while until I get my other horses ready for riders without much of a chance of a freak out. He's 16.2 and many people around here are all about Quarter Horses/Paints, and most people don't want a horse over 15.2. And many people find Thoroughbreds to be too high strung for trails or pleasure riding but he's an impeccable trail horse and great for pretty much any type of riding. I could never sell him but leasing him I could do no problem for the rest of Winter so he wouldn't just sit around here and be lazy while I ride the others. If he is well broke you could maybe see about letting a stable or something use him as a lesson horse or a trail horse there?
         
        11-25-2013, 10:23 PM
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    Foal
    Don't go the selling route just yet. You remember he's still got a vacation to spend here at my place, and I have every enention of helping you learn to work with him, as well. You have to give me a chance to try and help you, else you may be giving up too soon. I can't garantee you everything will change and be completly perfect, but I can assure you very much will change with his attitude.

    At the very least, you can decide from an unbiased POV if he really needs to go then.
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        11-25-2013, 10:30 PM
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    Foal
    Don't go the selling/ lease route just yet. You remember he's still got a date here at bootcamp, and I have every ention of helping you learn to work with him, as well. You just have to give me a chance to try and help you first, else you may be giving up too soon and regret it.
    I can't garantee you everything will change and be completly perfect, but I can assure you very much will change with his attitude and I hope I can help you just as much.

    He's a very intelligent horse and he is trainable and easy to work with, but you don't need to let fear and guilt be your deciding factors.
    I will warn you, though.... what makes you think you won't just end up with another one just like him with his sibling next year? Something to think about....

    It's probably a good idea to learn to work with this attitude now, and hope you don't have to when the foal shows up.
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        11-25-2013, 10:36 PM
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    Foal
    Well ...... idk why that got so messed up. Lol. Read the second comment of mine, not the first.
         

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