My mum has brought up with me a couple of times recently that if we moved somewhere with a smaller property we may have to sell a horse.
I also told her a week ago about an awesome beginners horse for sale (not with the intention of buying it) at work which would enable her to come for rides with me. Though if we don't move somewhere with more property we either can't get her (because mum is interested) or we would have to sell a horse.
I feel too attatched to all of my horses to make a decision about who would have to go.
Pepper is basically retired with the odd lite ride here and there and she is 28 this year. I would feel bad not keeping her but she is also sitting in the paddock and more often then not gets picked on by the boys. I have had her for about 2 yrs. She taught me a lot and I feel like I should keep her until her last day.
Sammy and I just clicked when I first got him and we have both come a long way as a team. When I first got him about a year ago he just wanted to race from one end of the paddock to the other. For me he can now walk on a loose rein just about anywhere without him taking off and trotting is almost just as good. He is still a little argy bargy in the trot and canter though. He doesn't take every single leg cue as take off as fast as you can anymore. He has only bucked once and I still have no idea why, he has only reared once with the dentist. Otherwise he has just about never done either of those things. He has been known to bolt though has not done it for a long time.
His manners on the ground could do with improvement as he can be a bit too in your face. This horse had a lot of bad habits when I first got him but we seem to just connect. He does not load on floats and as I do not have one nor access to one I can't work with him on this issue. I feel very comfortable on this horse and quite safe. In saying that I have fallen off him once when I first got him at a canter and so I know I unintentionally tense up when we canter because I still haven't completely gotten over it. Though we have our issues I feel I really connect with this horse. I don't trust him with anyone who doesn't have at least some horse experience just because he is a bit argy bargy and he is about 13
or 14 this year.
Apache is completely different he is incredibly lazy and has been known to do little pop up rears but nothing higher this is usually more a bluff to see if you will back off. He has not done this for at least 6 months and I have owned him for almost 2 yrs. He has been known to do small bucks though that is very rare. He is exptremely responsive and respectlful on the ground.
8-9 months ago I was scared to ride this horse though this has completely changed now. He can have quite active paces when you make him though its rather hard work. I have been working with him and more often then not now he walks and trots whenever wherever you ask, we are still working on the canter though. He can be nappy when ridden in the paddock. He likes to jump and go on trails. He has never bolted. I would not leave them unattended or loose on a trail but I allow a beginner to plod around on him as long as they don't want to do anything more. He is also exellent for leading small kids around on. Also he practically self loads onto floats.
I feel like over the last couple of months he has just started to really bloom and has started to open up to me and actually show some personality. I feel like I have come a long way with this horse and I think he is 12 this year.
If the problem came up where I would have to sell one I really don't know if I could decide. Does anyone have any ideas how to decide? Or even who they would pick and for what reasons? Thanks for all opinions if you made through this long thing.