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        07-25-2011, 04:15 PM
      #1
    Weanling
    Made a Decision...I *Think* it's the Right Thing...

    Little background:

    Years ago, I used to ride hunter/jumpers. A few years after that, I went through some bad experiences that totally shook my confidence and I was afraid to ride again.

    This summer, I decided to lease a trail horse. My goal was to see if I could re-gain some confidence and see if riding could be FUN again.

    Well, it's been a wonderful summer! My confidence is returning. Riding is FUN! I'm so glad that I did this. And I am looking forward to getting back to hunter/jumper and will be signing up for lessons again this fall.

    OK - so far so good.

    The problem is....the horse that I am currently leasing needs to be re-homed. His owner can no longer care for him and the stable where he is residing is closing down... They've asked me if I'd like to buy him.

    He's a wonderful trail horse....and I really like him...

    Pros - wonderful, healthy, horse with excellent ground manners and sweet temperament. Easy keeper...goes barefoot...currently lives outside 24/7.

    Cons - not a hunter/jumper...he's an endurance horse who gaits instead of trot or canter...he's nearly 20...he's a chow hound who would spend his days wolfing down everything in sight if he was allowed.

    I do not own any land....I'd have to board him - and wherever he was boarded, they would need to keep a close eye on his access to grass...sort of a problem when looking at pasture board...but I can't see him being happy in a stall at this point in his life...and

    My biggest worry is, if I buy him, then I will not have the time or the money to properly care for him AND do hunter/jumper lessons and leasing at another facility...I would have to give that up.

    So I'm thinking of turning him down...

    But I'm feeling a bit bad about "abandoning" him.

    Please tell me I'm making the right choice here?
         
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        07-25-2011, 04:17 PM
      #2
    Weanling
    So you want to keep doing hunter/jumpers? If you do, don't get him. There's nothing wrong with turning him down, especially if you have different plans.
         
        07-25-2011, 04:20 PM
      #3
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by pintophile    
    So you want to keep doing hunter/jumpers? If you do, don't get him. There's nothing wrong with turning him down, especially if you have different plans.
    Thanks! I just needed a little reinforcement...

         
        07-25-2011, 04:20 PM
      #4
    Foal
    Go with your gut. Would you rather have a horse to have "fun" on that can't jump or would you rather have a chance to get back to the riding that you really love and learn more. With as easy as you make him sound I'm sure that people will be lining up to take him. 20 and an easy keeper!! I would say let him go to someone who only wants to do trails and take your lessons- who knows you might get to lease a jumper or have the chance to buy one while in lessons! Good luck!
         
        07-25-2011, 04:25 PM
      #5
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by rlcarnes    
    With as easy as you make him sound I'm sure that people will be lining up to take him. 20 and an easy keeper!!
    Yes - if money was no object, or if I had my own land...I'd take him in a heartbeat. He is a really good horse.


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    I would say let him go to someone who only wants to do trails and take your lessons- who knows you might get to lease a jumper or have the chance to buy one while in lessons! Good luck!
    Thanks!
         

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