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    03-13-2012, 11:35 AM
Keep 'em or sell 'em?

Hi guys, I really need some advice/sympathy/preaching, whatever...

I have two riding horses, which is a probably lot for me as I ride alone, and also have a adopted rescue filly, but she's too young to be ridden yet, so she's just fattening up in the pasture... ok, so that's basic background.

I am thinking of taking a big step in my career, going from working full time at one company, to going freelance. I really feel like its time, and its supposed to be a positive move. It means that I will hopefully be making a lot more money than I'm making now, but of course, there are risks and no guarantees, and I may be making less some months or whatever. I'm even preparing to make nothing for a few months; saving up money so the horses and I can at least eat and live for this interim period.

As it stands now, my full time job is really more than full time, and I only get to go riding once in the week, and then as much as possible on the weekends. But that's not a lot! Hopefully I will also have more time once I am freelance. But it bugs me nonetheless! I wish I could keep my horses at home where I could at least see them everyday!

But anyway, maybe its just the stress piling up, but I really don't feel like a good horse owner right now... I wish I could give them unlimited time/money, but now I'm preparing to go through a scary period where there may not be much money for a month or two, at least ( I wont be getting a salary any more obviously, so even if I do freelance work right away, it will be a month or two before clients pay)...

If I knew back then that this decision was looming, I would've stuck to one horse, but of course, I could afford a pasture full of 'em then, so that's what I got! I love them to death honestly... so I don't want to be unfair on them either way. I really want to do what's best for them, but I'm not sure I know what that is...

Should I let them go? Cut down on numbers? Or just save up as planned for the basics, and cut down on the luxuries and lessons for a few months, and hope I make it through? Am I a terrible horse owner?

Do I just sound like a brat!?! Why do I feel so awful?!

The stress is eating me.
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    03-13-2012, 11:42 AM
Green Broke
Don't feel bad about not giving them as much time as you want. It's been five years that we've had horses and were only able to ride on the weekends. We are finally working on a place where we have them with us. I really don't think they mind that much as long as they have good care, food and water. It's probably stress that's getting you down. Just keep your focus on your goal and you'll soon be there.
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    03-13-2012, 11:53 AM
Green Broke
Your horses would be very content in a pasture with feed and water. As long as you have the savings to support them during the transition period, go ahead and keep them.
    03-13-2012, 12:03 PM
Thank you so much for your replies... I appreciate your kind words and logic.

I just don't think I have never been this stressed!

And I had so many plans for me and them this year... and now its all pretty much on hold until further notice.
    03-13-2012, 12:11 PM
Green Broke
Life happens, plans can & will change-try not to stress too much. If you have to cut down,maybe find a place for the rescue horse, as the others you can ride, right? Hope the money comes in soon & enough so that you are OK.
    03-13-2012, 12:27 PM
Green Broke
Do you have them at a boarding facility? I would lease them out if possible. I had to give up my horses for financial reasons, I know where your coming from.
    03-14-2012, 04:59 AM
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Do you have them at a boarding facility? I would lease them out if possible. I had to give up my horses for financial reasons, I know where your coming from.
They are stabled privately right now, but it that is a great idea... I would have to move them to a boarding facility though, because I don't have the facilities a boarder would need yet... (I ride to my trainers, which is perhaps 5min away, to use her arena for schooling). The arena is yet another of those things I was hoping to build this year :(

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