Lately I have been considering selling Gypsy. It has been something that I have thought about before in the past but I was too young/emotionally attached etc. But now I'm older, know more what I want in a horse, and have been away from Gypsy enough while in school to realize that we really aren't a good pair for each other anymore.
A couple reasons I am considering selling her:
- I think I'm too heavy for her. While she could probably carry somebody my weight if they had a good seat, I don't and I feel bad about it. I'm 5' and 160 lbs, so I need an 18" saddle, which seems too long for her short back.
- Gypsy is an amazing trail horse, which was great when that's all I wanted to do. Problem is that I don't own a trailer or have trails to ride to, plus I just don't want to only trail ride anymore.
- Lets be honest, I don't have the best seat or quietest hands. I am a rusty rider that was never very advanced in the first place. I don't need a horse that is bombproof, but when it comes for asking for the horse to do something I really need a horse that will do what I want if I ask right, but let me know if I'm doing something wrong, not a green horse.
- I got Gypsy when I was 13, didn't have any right to own a horse with my lack of knowledge, and definitely had no clue what I wanted.
- A lot of the time when I ride her, I get frustrated, she gets frustrated, I get more frustrated (you see the trend?). It's not enjoyable.
Now, this is a lot of evidence to sell her. So why haven't I?
- I have had her since I was 13 - no matter what I say, there's still some sort of attachment there. Plus, some people seem to think that I have an 'obligation' to her, but I don't really agree with that.
- Sometimes we have great rides, usually when I'm at the almost-decided-to-sell-her stage. For example, last Friday my barn was having a trail obstacle course get together. There were a lot green riders and green horses, kids running around with minis, and of course 'scary' things she had never seen before. She was amazing, never really spooked or did anything bad, and tackled everything like it was no big deal (impressing everybody that was there too).
- I probably wouldn't be able to find the kind of horse I need with the money I get from selling her. Leasing or taking lessons for awhile is always an option, but that would require finding the right horse and the right trainer, neither of which seem to exist locally.
- Finding the right person for her is going to be hard. She is a great trail horse, would probably make a great competitive trail or endurance project, but is not so great in the arena. She is small and cute, but even though she has no dangerous habits, she is too much horse for a small kid or not confident rider. Pretty much, the best fit would be a small adult/teenage trail rider.
I know most people are going to say to sell her, but I just need to talk to people about it that know what they are talking about. And thank you to anybody that read the entire thing, this ended up a lot longer than I intended