Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: New South Wales, Australia
When you sell you have to realise that he's not your horse anymore. It's hard and sad but its a choice you need to make. Whether he is 10 minutes away, 2 hours away or 10 hours away, he won't be your horse anymore, you won't be able to see him whenever you want and it can be really sad.
But when you're scared of a horse I don't think that ever really goes away. Leasing him out now might put off you being sad but its not a fix. It's also risky - he could get worse or even hurt someone. If you have a good owner really interested in him the best thing you can do is sell him to them I think, if that is the decision you have made.
If you decide not to sell him - then make that decision and make it with a plan. Either way you have to decide on what you want, or circumstance will end up deciding for you.
Try not to be too sad, remember that these people are buying a new horse and that is really exciting for them! Nothing puts a damper on a day like tears and such. If you are nice and friendly then it helps set up the relationship for communication - something it sounds like you might be interested in.
Stay calm, ask questions if you need to. If something seems wrong about them, or you really think they are a bad match, then say so. Don't just ignore it.
Have a sales contract prepared for when they come and don't guarantee safeness or soundness. Be as honest and simple as you can. Each sign and take a copy of the contract.
I hope it goes okay!