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!