Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Chester County, PA
The horse I own right now is not for me. I've taught him everything I can, and he's taught me. I just don't think we're right for each other anymore. Has anyone ever felt this before?
Now, my horse is nothing special. He's hot, but loves to jump, older, but has tons of energy. I'm not trying to sell anything to anyone, I'm just looking for an ear that I don't have. He is 17 or older, cribs, has arthritis, and is a hard keeper. He also requires shoes. However, he's got a personality. He is bored with life right now, I can tell. He used to be so excited to be ridden, to eat. Now all he gets excited for is jumping, which he is limited to because of age and condition.
I've been trying a bunch of ways to sell him. We're really just not right for each other, otherwise i'd keep him! One person came to look at him, but she was looking for something more bombproof. Understandable. A few people emailed me, but none came to look, and 3 were scammers. I'm really just frustrated.
So I talked to my best barn friend and my barn owner, both 17, and both close to my age. They are both very "practical horse people". I think they have less feelings towards the horse than most. They don't mind twitching or smacking when the horse deserves it. They aren't abusive, just "real". I asked them what to do about my horse, practically in tears. They both told me to send him up to the New Holland Auction the next week.
This is the last thing I wanted to hear. For one, New Holland cheapskates owners. The horse never goes for its real value, obviously, because its an auction. But secondly, I had talked to my friend about this before and she said that she honestly thought that if I took him there, the slaughterhouse people would take him. I couldn't do that to my first horse. I bought him with my own personal money, worked my butt of to get money for his upkeep, and loved him. I have sacrificed almost my whole life for horses. But I really want to sell him. I'm not trying to be a selfish brat, really. I'm just saying that I feel like I'm wasting my time with him anymore. That I could be moving ahead with another horse. Call me selfish, but this is just what I believe.
Any thoughts or suggestions are greatly appreciated, but mostly just someone to read my story would be amazing.
All I pay my psychiatrist is the cost of feed and hay, and he'll listen to me any day. ~Author Unknown