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        07-06-2014, 11:41 AM
    Originally Posted by iDressage    
    I definitely need to be cognizant of the financial aspect of this but I'm fairly confident I could juggle two horses financially, although it may be difficult.
    You need to be sure that you can afford it if that is what you choose to do. Fairly confident isn't good enough. What happens when an unexpected vet bill comes up, or some sort of emergency? If it is already difficult to afford two horses how are you going to deal with an emergency bill?
    I feel that if you don't really enjoy riding this mare selling would be your best option. You can find her a good home where she will be happy and you can focus on a horse that is more in line with what you want.
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        07-06-2014, 08:46 PM
    Originally Posted by SlideStop    
    You horse absolutely doesn't NOT sound like a candidate for the a therapeutic riding program. Arthritis? Herd bound? Difficult to ride? No way.

    And southernbound, I'm not sure what riding programs you been associated with in the past, but I've NEVER hear of anyone sending their horses to the auction if they "go under". You know how many people would kill for a cheap, bomb proof, husband/child safe mount? They aren't easy to find.

    Breeding? To many horses out there already. Lots of $$$.
    Leasing? Could work out, while still retaining ownership.
    Selling? Probably the best bet, especially if you can find her the perfect owner.
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    I have. Because I owned one. We got out Clydesdale/QH cross from a situation like this. A huge therapy program in Alb/NM lost funding and couldn't find homes for all their 40+ horses. The average sized horses went quick but with no money left to care for the ponies and draft crosses they were set up to go to auction. We took the draft crosses and a local riding school took the ponies at the last minute but it almost ended badly. I'm sure it's not extremely common but please don't assume that because you've never heard of it it doesn't happen or that I'm making it up.
        07-06-2014, 09:11 PM
    If you have trouble handling a pushy mare what happens when you have a foal or a pushy youngster? Especially one that's learned from mom it's ok to be in charge of people.

    I don't think this is a safe option for you.

    I would recommend selling/donating (some rescues will take on donations to make a little more money than the typical rescue, I also think a college program would be an excellent option for this mare.)
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