Up until my 18th birthday, I only ever had to pay half of Leia's board, but since I turned 18, I've had to pay full board, vet bills, and farrier. I ended up pulling her shoes so the farrier bill wasn't too high. THEN she had a stifle injury that ended up draining a month's worth of paychecks, leaving me short on board. I haven't shown in two years, haven't had lessons, haven't progressed really because of my financial burdens. I half-leased her out to someone, which helped lower board, but that only lasted a month, so that was short lived. I've been so stressed out having to make board and all the added bills, and I went out to ride out of obligation more than for fun. I couldn't show her hunters because I'm too old to show a pony, and jumpers is way too expensive. And BESIDES I couldn't even afford to show if I wanted to. Anyways, so I decided to put her up for sale, and almost had a for sure buyer, but she ended backing out last minute. I didn't get much interest after that, or if I did, it wasn't a good fit. I have to start college in a few weeks and won't be able to work as much as I do now, so affording a horse is way out of the question. I ended up giving her to the school barn I board her at, so she can be used there. Now, I'll be able to see her and even ride her if I want, without being stressed all the time. I can afford lessons and shows and all that. I'm sad because I've had her for 6 and a half years and have known her since she was born. We grew up together and I wouldn't be the rider I am today without her. BUT I feel better GIVING her to someone who I am assured will take care of her and I can see her, than getting money for not being able to see her again.
Anyways, I am no longer a horse owner. I may lease later, but idk. Not having a financial burden like that feels SO free. It's bittersweet, but I truly feel I've made the best choice for her and me.