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post #1 of 4 Old 07-13-2012, 10:06 AM Thread Starter
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Should I take on another horse?

I currently own 2 horses; 22 y/o TB mare and a 5 year old Oldenburg gelding. Gelding is boarded at my trainer's since he's young and I need help with him. I'm constantly back and forth on wether I should keep him or sell him b/c I just don't seem to have enough confidence with him, although he's a good boy (weird, I know). Between work and kid, I'm lucky to ride him twice a week, so we don't make much progress. Mare is at home.

My mom just bought a 22 y/o QH gelding. I keep him at my house but am not financially responsible for him.

The people we got mom's horse from (friends & clients of my trainer) also have a retired eventer in his 20's. Since we bought the QH, he's alone and gets zero attention. They offered him to me for free.

My gut says take him. I could do low level dressage with him - he's got extensive show experience. And I've discovered I much prefer older horses. Logic says don't - I can never resale him due to his age and I'm already responsible for two. I would take him in a minute if I didn't have my younger horse.

Anyone have any thoughts on this?
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post #2 of 4 Old 07-13-2012, 10:10 AM
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You're right, if you take him you'll be his last owner. Are you prepared to take him on knowing you may not be able to ride him for very long, and care for an unrideable horse for another 10 or more years? Are you willing to forego buying another rideable animal while he's still alive?

If you can't honestly say yes, then don't take him.

I have a 26 y/o who came to me at 19. I had to retire him at 20, because he has arthritic hocks and back trouble. I knew when I took him that I'd be his last owner. I'll care for him as long as he's physically able to be a pasture pet. Once it starts being too hard for him to get around, he'll be laid to rest.

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post #3 of 4 Old 07-13-2012, 10:42 AM Thread Starter
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I think I just feel bad for the horse b/c of the situation he's in. He's by no means abused, just probably not happy. And I feel guilty for taking his friend away from him.

I want to take him, but logically I can't, and it's hard to put my girly emotions aside. Thanks for the practical advice.
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post #4 of 4 Old 07-13-2012, 10:51 AM
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You're welcome. Sometimes our heart overrides our brain, and we just need someone else to put it in perspective for us.

I'm lucky in that my horses are at home and I have the time, room, and finances to care for a pasture puff. I've limited myself to 3 horses though, so until he tells me it's ready for him to go to the Bridge, I won't add to my herd. I have 2 riding horses and him.

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