Wasted Potential and Selfish Efforts?
I'm going to try and keep this as short as possible, but I have a tendency to ramble.
Well, as some of you know, I leave for bootcamp for the Navy in October. This is something I've been looking forward practically my whole life (because even when I was younger I wanted to either be in the military or be a police officer), and I'm super excited to take the next step that will hopefully pave the way to a successful future and help form me into a more responsible, reliable, and independent person.
There is, however, something else that is super important to me and the reason I am on this forum...my horse. Red is my baabbbyyyy. As silly as it sounds, he truly has become one of my best friends. When people ask me who/what I'm going to miss the most for bootcamp/A school, I always say my horse.
All this in mind, I was told that I did not have to sell Red and that he could remain on my uncle's land for as long as I needed. Honestly, this horse is worth his weight in gold, so even if I do sell him, he's going to cost a pretty penny. The reason behind the title of this thread is because I am questioning my future with Red. I know that by my joining the military I am going to have to make quite a few sacrifices. However, one thing that I'm hesitant to give up is Red.
So, I was thinking that possibly while I was going through all of the training and whatnot, and until I settled down at a base, Red could stay with my uncle. My uncle rides very often. He takes his horses all over to some pretty significantly difficult trail rides and rides them hard and keeps them in shape. He took Red once, and Red absolutely loved the trails, and minus a few spooks, he did awesome on the trails.
Now, for the "wasted potential and selfish efforts". Red is a 2D barrel horse. Not only does he run a virtually consistant pattern every single time, he also is extremely level headed. I've had people laugh at me when I say he is a 2D horse because he plods around like an old man when he's not zooming around the barrels. As much as I want to keep him, I always feel a little guilty that I am wasting his talent. I'd hate to be the reason that he lost his super barrel racing abilities just because I'm not going to be able to show him.
I just really don't know what to do. I know for a few months AT LEAST...Red won't be able to be under my care. I feel like if I do keep him that I am somehow wasting his potential and abilities, but at the same time, it's going to be so hard for me to let him go.
So, if you read all of this (and managed to understand it lol), got any advice? Could I make this work? Or do I need to get rid of the pipe dream and sell him to someone who will put him to good use?
Red Money Maker (Red) - 2004 Sorrel QH Gelding