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    08-14-2010, 10:21 AM
What would you do?

As some of you might have read already my mare needs to be laid up for at least 6+ months, and honestly from what I found out about her she probably will not be rideable. I guess I've kind of suspected this for weeks, but still came as a shocker hearing it from the vet and hearing about her horrific past :(
Now my dilema is that I don't have a horse to ride anymore. I have a weanling colt, I just bought him in June, and he's only been here 3 weeks. It was my intention to break and replace my mare. So now I'm looking at not riding for another 2 1/2- 3 years, an not really any heavy riding for prob 4+ years. I don't think I can handle that, I am going stir crazy just not riding for the last few weeks! The thing my husband and I do together after working or on the weekends is trail ride, its what got us together. Basically our only hobby together, besides hiking together, and I hate to loose that for years. We actually had our honeymoon schedualed the second week in sept, which was trail riding down in TN for a week. We had to cancel, my husband was really upset he's been looking forward to if for the last 3 months (and so have I!)
So I am faced with trying to sell the colt, or trying to manage 3 horses of my own here. We can make the room for a another horse here, I am just worried about paying vet/dentist/hay bills for 3 horses. Unfortunately I'm a bit attached to the colt, he's easiest and smartest baby I have every handled. He's pretty much accepted everything I have asked of him without any fuss. Soo obviously I'm a bit torn about selling him.
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    08-14-2010, 10:43 AM
Can't you for the mean time either keep/sell/loan your old mare as just a companion, lease a new trail riding horse and keep the colt. Or sell the colt :( and buy a slightly older horse to train? Maybe a really green horse that's been started off but needs much more work?
    08-14-2010, 10:51 AM
The mare is going to stay here, I don't want anyone I didn't know taking her. I thought about leasing another horse, but then I am still paying the bills for it and putting training into a horse that won't be mine.
    08-14-2010, 11:03 AM
I guess I should add too, I don't want to JUST trail ride. That is just something we really enjoy and spend the majority of the time doing. I'd also like to team pen, barrel race (just for fun), and get into mounted shooting eventually.
    08-14-2010, 11:15 AM
Get a horse that has done it all and needs minimum training. One that just needs a rider
    08-14-2010, 12:15 PM
Why don't you contact your local rescue group and see if they have anything that needs fostered? Rescues usually get reduced rates on their vet bills and you wouldnt be out the initial cost of another horse. And you would be helping a rescue. The downside is, if the horse were to get adopted, you would have to take on another rescue. That could be an upside though as riding lots of different horses could help you prepare for training your young colt.

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