As of late, I haven't had much time at all for Bandit
Just over a year ago, I was working only 2 days a week and had a child in playschool. I got out to ride almost daily and was able to spend all the time in the world with him. Bring on baby #2 and a promotion that has me working 5 days a week, and on call 24/7. Not to mention the little girl has got the horsey bug and I've now got Bandit and Simba.
I'm feeling like I'm not giving Bandit the attention he deserves. He's an angel, I love him.. he's the first horse I've come across since coming to Ireland that I have been over the moon about.
I have only managed to ride him about a dozen times this year. I thought once summer came that I'd get out in the nice evenings - this hasn't happened as we have been hit with so much rain over the last few months that the land is all water logged and in slop. I was initially considering moving them to a different yard as I have no arena but I'm struggling to find a yard near me that would suit, and within a reasonable budget. What's with yards closing on Sundays????? I want to see my horses on the weekend for flips sake!
Anyway.. I've been thinking about leasing him out. It will break my heart but I feel like he deserves to be loved more than what I can give him right now. We are considering moving abroad next year and I'll have to sell or lease him then anyway. My husband is adament that I shouldn't... he says that the rain eventually has to stop (it does... doesnt it??) and he wants me have Bandit there when/if it does.
I know that in the end this is my decision... but has anybody else gone through this and what do you all think? Can I be selfish and hold onto him even if it's just to give him a quick scratch in the evening. Or do I let him go somewhere to be ridden more where somebody has more time for him?