You look like you're closing in on having a very large number of horses for someone who doesn't show a lot, breed and isn't a horse trader. Just think how much more time, money and fun you could have with less horses to care for.
How many horses is a "large number" for someone who doesn't do any of those things, ooc? =(
Is your day to day horsekeeping for your herd interfering with riding time?
Can you afford to keep and properly take care of all of them?
If you can, then why worry?
If the answer is no, then process of elimination. Make a list of your horses, placing first on the list the ones you are either the most uncomfortable riding (confidence/training wise) or the ones you genuinely feel cannot carry your weight.
I don't think you are too big for any of them. I'm working on a weight loss program myself and trying to build up my physical stamina. I don't know where it went. I "usedtacould" ride all day long. Now I'm sore after an hour.
The standardbreds... Is that what they are? Are beautiful and I think will sell well if you decide to go that route. I think your decision is made on Ben and I'm partial to the pony so those are my votes.
I think that for your sake, you should try harder with your weight issue, if you feel that it is a big impetus behind your decision. You will feel "lighter" both by decreasing your horse load...and also the pride of getting yourself in better shape.
Oh no doubt I absolutely need to do that, *nods vigorously*
My issue is trying to balance living NOW, and riding NOW, with having horses that are right for me at sometime in the future, that's what I struggle with.
LOL, As I say Ace stays as long as she likes, she is a low maintenance lawn mower Angel stays for two more years at very minimum, I want to see what she matures into.
As to the rest, having someone like Ben, to bring on, but then one other who is a hangover horse, the sort you can just climb on and ride whenever you want would probably be enough.
The final number is ultimately up to you. As long as you can afford to properly feed and care for 'em and you are enjoying having them, then that's all that matters whether you have 1 or 100 of 'em.
I'm speaking from a POV of being 55 years old, not in the best shape either and not wanting to continue doing all the hard work of caring for a large herd. 15 years ago, I had 40 horses in my breeding band, didn't mind all the work. Now, I just want to ride and have fun with them. My goal is to get down to maybe 4 riding horses, for me & hubby, and let the rest go to new, good homes that will enjoy them.
How about selling Cody, Wills and Emmy and getting a big, calm, been there, done that schoolmaster?
Sometimes what you *need* is something that not only what you actually need but also what makes you calm, relaxed and thrilled to go ride.
I have an adorable greenie that fits me size/skill-wise but I've been spending a ton of time lately on a borrowed, ginormous gentle giant of a warmblood. He's trained through 3rd level in Dressage so he knows more than I do, has dabbled in Eventing, Trail Riding, Fox Hunting, Western.... pretty much you name it, his owner tried it just for the heck of it. He won't just "give" you anything but if you completely and utterly ask wrong he won't get mad.
My friend who is loaning him to me pointed out that my riding is improving by leaps and bounds simply because I'm not afraid of "ruining" him or him killing me if I accidentally smack him with a whip or some other boneheaded maneuver. I love my lil greenie and I am now doing better with him because the other horse is giving me confidence. I have no interest in selling my lil guy but right now, I just needed this big old comfy couch of a horse!
My friend who is loaning him to me pointed out that my riding is improving by leaps and bounds simply because I'm not afraid of "ruining" him or him killing me if I accidentally smack him with a whip or some other boneheaded maneuver. I love my lil greenie and I am now doing better with him because the other horse is giving me confidence.
That's what I wonder as well, I was told that this guy would be just what I need,
2007 Sport Horse Gelding by Proven Jade
Troy is the type of horse most people need....very chill and laid back. He is super safe you can show him one day and trail ride him the next or take a few weeks off then get on and go!
He is steady over fences up to 2'9 can go higher but is a good all around horse when needed. He showed once in 2011 in the flat and over fences. 2012 he showed up until the end of July (when he cut his leg) which gave him about 7 weeks off. He is back to work and 100% sound but does have a scar of his foot.
He is used in our lesson program for riders of any age.
I can't afford the horse I'm riding... A) she WON'T sell him (trust me, multiple people have tried) and B) if she bumped her head and did agree to sell him, she'd want more than my entire farm is worth I'm sure.
Thank God she has her hands full with a stubborn, cranky, lazy pony right now and is only more than happy to have me ride him.
There is nothing like the feeling of hey, I can go ride and I don't have to worry about ANYTHING because he's going to take good care of me.
God knows, I'm the last person who should be offering advice about thinning the herd, what with me having several horses that I never ride, BUT
I think if it was me, I would keep Cody, since he's the best broke out of the bunch. Then, I would see if I could find good homes for the rest and then consider trying to get Troy. That way, you'd have 2 horses that you can ride without having to deal with the greeny behavior malfunctions. 2 horses that can help you build up some of your confidence.
Anyway, whatever you decide to do, you are certainly not too big for any of those that you already have, it's just a matter of getting them fit.