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post #1 of 11 Old 07-17-2012, 12:35 PM Thread Starter
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Time to move on?

Hi all,

Recently I've been thinking very hard about the situation I am in with my horses. I have my Canadian Warmblood gelding, a grade (large) pony, an Appaloosa, and (mine/my mom's) a Canadian Warmblood mare. Right now, we have the mare advertised for sale as she does not suit either my purposes or my mom's. I competed FEI with my pony and also up to fourth level successfully and I have him leased right now. My Appaloosa was the second level regional champion one year too but is trained to third level and has become my main riding horse as my WB gelding has been off basically since February on various injuries and such.

I've been thinking about investing in another young warmblood as a sort of backup horse/second show horse. At 19, I have a pretty good chunk of cash just tucked away as I'm quite....frugal, as one might say, with my money. But it's not enough for the calibre I'd be looking for. We own a boarding stable, however, since my other horses stay for free and I just take care of them my mother has told me that I will have to pay board on another horse. Fair enough. I don't want to over extend myself at the moment as I am in university and don't really work through school, and I know what I have saved would only go so far.

I had a good long talk with my coach yesterday who agreed that I should have an up and coming youngster so I have a second show horse. She says (and I agree) that I have outgrown my pony and Appaloosa as they aren't going to progress to higher levels really, and I am riding at a higher level than them. My warmblood gelding is very talented and will take me all the way with time, but I really would like a second horse that is able to compete at higher levels too. And a horse like that takes money to buy.

She didn't say it outright, as she said she won't tell me what to do, but we both know that I need to move on to bigger and better things. That pony could be my little gold mine, with the Appaloosa giving me the cherry on top to find myself a beautiful youngster. I just can't convince my heart to think it's a good idea. Brain says yes, heart says no. If I sell one, or both, of them I would be able to afford an new, younger horse.

So...I guess the point of this long winded post is:
Do you have experience with selling a horse that you love to move on to something better? Do you regret it? Experiences or opinions are welcomed! I just needed to talk to some horse people and get this off my chest.

If you got this far...thanks!

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post #2 of 11 Old 07-17-2012, 12:42 PM
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Oh absolutely! I loved by old paint gelding. He taught me barrels and poles and we did sooo many things together. Was the perfect horse, but he was not fast enough to suit my needs in racing. He was pleasure bred.

I found a great poa that took me all over my county and we did very very good together.

There is nothing wrong with selling your 2 horses and purchasing a youngster to fulfill your dreams. Its hard, very hard, but worth it in the end. Just make sure the pony and appy go to a fantastic home.
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post #3 of 11 Old 07-17-2012, 12:43 PM
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Sounds like you are in a great situation, you're a student and you have a chunk of change saved already, and you ride well, bet you're thin just to make me really jealous just teasing.

I love Mr G my Appy, he has taken me from being to scared to ride, through hacking out around the countryside, to wanna be dressage rider. I am so grateful to him, and he has been my 'go to' horse for the last few years, but I have sold him. It took a lot of soul searching, but in the end he just wont take me on the next stage of my journey, so I have sold him to a young man who needs to recover his confidence and start riding again, and G Man will do that for him.

Will I regret it, hell yes, I already do at times, but it was time to move on.
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post #4 of 11 Old 07-17-2012, 12:50 PM
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Just try to think of the young girl you were you those two horses came into your life. They provided you with all kinds of amazing memories that no other horse could ever provide you with. Now think of them going to a couple of great young girls who will be able to have those experiences because you shared your horses with them!
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post #5 of 11 Old 07-17-2012, 12:50 PM
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As a competitor, you can't keep your horses forever. You have a working relationship with those kinds of horses.

As a hobbyest, you can keep them for as long as you can afford them. They're basically for pleasure and a "pet".

When you advance to a higher level than your mount is capable of, you have to cut your losses and move on or stay at the level your horse is.

Its up to you.

I've never regretted selling a horse that I have "outgrown". They gave me their best, I gave them my best, and now its time for them to work with someone else. Its a working relationship. You either keep your horses and stay at that level, or you sell them and continue growing.

If this new young horse isn't trained to your level, you'll have to spend the next couple years bringing it up to your level, if it is even capable (mentally and physically) of approaching the level you want. So odds are, if it isn't trained, you won't be showing at your highest potential for a couple years anyways.

My thought is that if this new horse isn't trained to jump into the arena at the pace you want to, don't buy it. Keep your current horses and save for something you do want and don't have to train. You can still compete during that time with your old horses. Maybe sell one, that way you have that much more to put towards a new horse. But keep the other for show purposes until you don't need him anymore.

It may sound heartless, but in your situation, horses need to get you where you want to be, and if they can't, they need to be somewhere else and you need to find a horse who WILL take you there.

You can't keep them all.
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post #6 of 11 Old 07-17-2012, 12:53 PM
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I sold my first horse, who had been with me for over 12 years, and it was one of the hardest things I have ever done. I still miss him, and sometimes I really regret it. But the thing is, he went to a family with a great forever home, he became a pony club mount, got to start jumping again and being fussed over by two teenagers. In return, I bought a TWH and began my journey showing and training.

I've vowed never to sell again, I'm not a breeder, trader, etc, I don't have it in me to move these horses on. In this instance, it worked out, but I don't want to do it again!
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post #7 of 11 Old 07-17-2012, 01:17 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you all...you're telling me exactly what I need and want to hear but still need to convince myself of.

Goldenhorse, Still working on the thin part

MelissaAnn, that's exactly how I'm trying to approach this. I know how much I love my boys, but someone else may love them just as much and care for them even better. They can help make a little girl's dreams come true too .

Copperhead, it doesn't sound heartless, it sounds realistic. I can't afford to keep every horse I have and three of the four don't suit my needs. Better to move them on to a home where they will suit someone's needs and not be wasted in my pasture. You're exactly spot on.

I guess I know what I need to do, it's just nice to hear that I'm not the only one who is/will go through this (even though I know I'm not lol). I know someone else will love and care for them the same I do, maybe even more. My outgrown horse's could be someone's dream horse for all I know.

Thanks so much again...this is really helping me come to terms with what I know I need to do. I really appreciate it.

ETA: I do already have an extremely talented gelding who I will (fingers crossed) debut at at least third level next year. So, I'll at least have a horse to show while the youngster is growing up and training. I just am not sure if I should go young (like weanling) or starting age, around 3 or so.
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post #8 of 11 Old 07-18-2012, 03:02 PM Thread Starter
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So, I've spoken with my mom about selling the boys and she said it's up to me. We discussed selling the pony as he's more finished in his training than the appy and I think we might go ahead with that. He's being half leased, but we spoke to the leasers (who is leasing him for their daughter) and it sounds like they could be interested in buying. Although it will be hard, I know they would love him and care for him so well. And I could keep in touch which I would love. I would hate to lose track of such a special animal. I've decided that I need to let another little girl's dreams come true and let him go. He took me further than I could have imagined in my wildest dreams and I just need to come to terms with it.

In other news, I've been baby shopping and hooooly there are some nice, and moderately affordable colts out there....*grabby hands* haha. My coach and I have actually discussed doing a joint trip to the united states to pick up a couple youngsters which would be fabulous. I really feel like I'm making the right choice.
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Im glad to hear this. I think its the right choice for you and your career.
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post #10 of 11 Old 07-18-2012, 04:24 PM
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I really feel like I'm making the right choice.
That's how you know you are :)

My coach and I have actually discussed doing a joint trip to the united states
Come visit me while your down here!!

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