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        08-16-2010, 12:15 AM
      #1
    Trained
    Kind of a vent...

    ... But not. More of a writing everything down to make myself feel better thing.

    I've been doing a lot of thinking lately, and I have decided it is time to sell Bundy.

    I originally bought him as a re-sale horse - Nearly all my horses are re-sale horses as I don't have my own property or a great deal of money - So selling one horse is the only way for me to get a new horse and progress. I've bought, worked/trained/competed then sold about three horses so far and taken about 3 or 4 more on loan or as a favour and worked and performed them as well.

    Bundy wasn't what I was looking for in the first place - I wanted a mare, around 14.3h - And I got a 15.2h gelding .

    He had a lot of issues that we have worked through and he is now a very good, reliable performance horse. He is consistently good at anything we try and rarely leaves a competition without ribbons and numerous comments admiring him. He seems to have that 'X-factor' that makes people love him. He has been ridden by begginers in fast paced competition and in the show ring and took one younger friend of mine to champion after she rode him for 5 minutes before the class. This is a horse who was passed over by a well known experienced rider in our area because he was 'lazy' and he bucked. (Bucking was due to bad saddle fit).

    I've campaigned him a fair bit in ASH shows, the pony club circuit and begun campdrafting with him. I believe he has real potential to campdraft but as I am jut starting I am not the one to bring it out. He is always in the ribbons at ASH shows even with myself being an amateur compared to most of the big names out there showing. We rarely don't win our working class.

    However there are numerous things I want to 'tweak' - But I don't think I will get him any further myself now unless I get regular lessons, which just won't happen where I live (Lack of discipline specific trainers here). We also have somewhat of a 'personality clash' when it comes to training new things - he can be quite obstinate and so can I, so we tend to clash minds a lot and neither wants to back down. It is also hard when I am trying things for the first time and he goes back to putting in the least amount of effort possible. I feel horrible when we have a battle of the wills and can't help but think someone with a different approach and more knowledge would be a better match for him. Watching him ridden by a trainer at a private lesson a few weeks ago really brought home how much talent he has that I can't bring out at the moment. He has the potential to be a seriously great ASH show horse or campdrafter.

    Because of his saddle fit issues I have only one saddle for him which I can't jump in - this means I can't jump at all as Latte isn't up to that yet. He is also too big for me to do to do MG seriously on as well as having such a sensitive back that I have to limit the getting on/off which doesn't work with MG.

    What has brought this to a head is a mare for sale near me - Who happens to fit ALL of my criteria. She is a shorty (14h), QH registered and eligible for 1st cross ASH regististration, bred for campdrafting and cow work, is a granddaughter of Acres Destiny who is the most popular and successful campdraft sire of this time so is a great candidate for breeding in the future, a mare, has no pre-existing issues like Bundy did, and on top of it all happens to be a beautiful buckskin. Oh, and the price is actually reasonable.

    On top of that, I have jut taken out a 24k car loan and with the worst possible timing am moving to a job thatis about a 10k a year drop in salary. The difference between what I would get for Bundy and what I would buy her for is about 4k which would really help me out financially.

    I know my dad isn't going to like seeing him go as he really gets along with him. There is lots more I wanted to do with him but i'm coming to see that we aren't the perfect match, performance and training wise. He is limited in what I can do on him (Mostly my probelm - Can't afford a jumping saddle custom fitted and not being able to vault on such a big horse).

    However I love the big sucker and we have gone through a lot - He is a completely different horse now compared to the obese, sore, cranky, dull, bucking, biting and kicking horse that I bought a few years ago. But I already have one forever gelding and can't keep another.

    I think I will make his price VERY negotiable if someone nearby buys him so I can keep an eye on him and make sure his 'special needs' are met.

    Ugh, I guess I just feel a bit guilty or something. I do think it is the right thing to do though, for him as much as me.
         
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        08-16-2010, 12:40 AM
      #2
    Weanling
    It does sound like you've given this a lot of thought, and it does sound like this is what will be best for both you and Bundy. I'm so sorry its so hard though. :( But you've taken great care of him and set him up to have a great life, a million times better than what his life would have been if he hadn't come into yours.
         
        08-16-2010, 12:46 AM
      #3
    Weanling
    I just went through a similar situation when I decided to sell my little Mustang mare. It was a pretty heart wrenching decision, but one that I am happy I made. She needed daily work to really be at her best, and right now I just don't have the time/facilities/energy to devote to the work she needed to progress to her potential. She was "fine", she was happy and healthy, etc., but not reaching her potential. I had her for five years, and got her as a spooky, wild-as-can-be thing just off the range, so the training and bonding we did was incredible! I did not sell her to several people who were interested, and was very picky about the home I wanted her to have, and I am very pleased with her new owner- we keep in touch by phone and email somewhat regularly, and every once in a while I see her, and it turned out great, despite my initial misgivings.
    Good luck in your decision making!
         
        08-16-2010, 01:15 AM
      #4
    Banned
    I am in almost the exact situation. I bought Nico as a 'fixer-upper'. It didn't take long to realize he was hugely talented. He has speed, agility and brains...A combo not found on a ton of "speed only" horses in my area. I had planned on doing all kinds of timed events with him however my time and finances got in the way. I completed his basic training and lost my job all in the same week. Something had to give. The good news is, a great situation came out of a crappy one.

    Nico leaves wednesday to his new owner. She is a young girl who loves the speed. She adores him and he is working on liking her. The money I made on him is patching my family through til I start making money at my new job. This girl is a very competitive rodeo rider and was really looking for something lower to the ground (You would love my boy...hes 14.2) and without all the spazz of a barrel horse. She got a great horse and I get to pay my bills.

    I know what you are going through and the trouble is...there is no wrong answer. Nico would have been perfectly content to stay with me...bleed my bank account dry as all horses do...trail ride twice a week and go to the occasional rodeo. This situation forced me to open up his opportunities. Now, if things go according to plan...Nico will be starting his racing campaign next year. She is actually taking him to an exibition show the day she picks him up. From there, his new life starts. I am terribly sad...I really do love him...but she will love him too.
         

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