This might end up as kind of a rant.. I want to hear what you regret selling, why you sold it, and why you are regretting it.
A few years back (maybe 4?) my family decided it was time for me to get a bigger horse.. I was currently riding a 12.2hh shetland/quater pony gelding (whom I still have AND still ride) and we were going just about as fast as we were ever going to go at gymkhana. So, my new horse was a half blind Appaloosa gelding. He was tall and lean, about 16.2hh and probably one of the prettiest appy's I had ever seen (I tend to not like them...) of course that was probably just because he was mine.. The first three months were great with him. I could do anything with him. I knew in the past he had been show in Western and English Pleasure and I also knew that the owners before me tried to make him into a horse that only ran on trails. Somthing he REFUSED to do with them.
Tater and I were in 4H, we went out on trails, I tried to learn how to ride English, heck, I even rode him in a few gymkhanas! He was great! I trusted him! Big mistake.
Right near the 3 month mark, everything changed. He developed this bucking problem. Every time I asked for him to speed up from a trot to a faster trot ot canter, he would buck. SOmetimes just a little buck, sometimes he threw me. The first buck was the worse. I had no idea it was coming. We were in formation at 4H and according to some bystanders, his back hooves went over his head because of how huge his buck was. I flew off, got stepped on(I got a cool hoofprint bruise though!) and lost a lot of confidence.
After that, I knew we were going to be seperating. I stuck it out for about a year and a half. We have multiple videos of him bucking at gymkhana for no reason. We checked saddles, had a chiropracter out, got his teeth done, changed his bit, took extra lessons. Nothing worked. After one absolutely horrifyling gymkhana with three bucks and a few rears in one event, my parents gave me their decision. Either I change disciplines completely and try and see if he would do better where he was trained, or sell him.
I loved gymkhana. I didn't want to leave it for Pleasure riding. That looked boring. I'm a teenager. I didn't want to go slow. So I made the ad.
I was upfront about everything and the lady who bought him seemed perfect, of course before I found here, I had to pick through soome losers, but all in all, she seemed right for him. He let her canter on him and he followed her right into her trailer. She gave me updates about going camping and all these fun rides she took him on. They were great. Then they hit their 3 month mark. The bucking began. At first she told me that he did his buck to start off the trail. She thought it was fun. But after a year, she told me she was selling 'due to financial reasons'. She actually sold him to buy some new breast implants.
Anyways, I now have no idea how he is, how his new owner likes him, or if she still owns him. I know he was sold to a lady about an hour away from me, but I have no way of contacting her, I mean, I have no reason to. He is her horse, if she wanted to talk to me about him, she can. But I don't see why she would.
Anyways, I wish I had taken more time, more effort to fnd the perfect home for him. I wish things were different. I wish I didn't have to sell him in the first place. It's just difficult.
Now, please tell me I'm not the only one!