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?