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    10-21-2012, 10:18 AM
I was in a similar situation a couple of years ago. I bought a horse that turned out to just be too much for me-he had a "happy buck" over fences. Very athletic, nice mover, great bone-I paid $4500. Worked with trainers (more $$ put in), then finally decided he just was not going to be the horse for me with my confidence issues. So, I took him to a H/J barn and proceeded to actively market him. After several months (again, more $$ thrown to the wind) I basically gave him away (for $500) to a friend of my trainers who had the ability to do something with him. 6 months later, horse is selling for $15K and goes to a great home. Everyone is happy (except my husband....lol) but the bottom line is-I NEVER could have done that with this horse. He is now competing in eventing and has a great job and a great future.

I suggest you find a great home for yours that will give him that chance. I now have a horse that is fun and has done wonders for my confidence-you deserve that too.
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    10-21-2012, 10:28 AM
Originally Posted by Cowgirls Boots    
I had thought about the blindness thing and had asked the vet and she said he ain't blind. So, who knows! I think he's just a big scardy cat. Lol
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Well, the thought behind the question was that I personally would have some qualms about selling a horse I knew to have issues due to blindness. Since that has been ruled out, if it was me I'd move her down the road without any hesitation. Just my take on it.
    10-21-2012, 12:18 PM
Green Broke
I would move him along if he isn't a good match -there are so many other horses out there that would probably work out better for you & you do have the mare. So, take your time & maybe you will find a nice 2nd horse that you will enjoy riding.
    10-21-2012, 12:43 PM
Green Broke
The mare is currently lame and has arthritis so when we get the lameness under control I'm not so sure that she'll even be able to be ridden like before. Before she went lame I could only do w/t/c with her anyway. But who's to say she'll be able to be ridden like that after we get her problems under control.
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    10-21-2012, 06:21 PM
You will be the seller so you will have complete control over who you sell him to. Place an ad online that gives prospective buyers the full run-down on him. Leave nothing out. If someone has interest in him, let the prospective buyer meet him and again, be totally honest. If you want the perfect home for him, you might have to be patient. This is what helped me through selling my first horse. I felt very guilty. It helps to remember that you are in control of the situation and you don't have to sell him to someone you're not comfortable with.

Having people tell you not to feel guilty doesn't always help but try to think of it as making his life happier by fitting him with his perfect human companion.
    10-21-2012, 06:32 PM
Green Broke
That's the problem..I don't want to post ads because alot of people who I was formerly friends with always made comments on how much of a 'puke' he is and ill never be able to finish him, blah blah blah. And frankly they were right. But I don't really care because I know he isn't a puke. It's just not a good match.
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    10-21-2012, 06:45 PM
Who cares what they say?! Unless they plan on offering their help or some constructive criticism, screw em! It's your horse and more importantly, your life. Who do you care about more.. Those people or your gelding?
    10-21-2012, 06:47 PM
Green Broke
My gelding...but truth be told my self esteem is shot. Like I basically have ZERO. Haha. It's hard to hear what people say and still try to keep your head up.
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    10-21-2012, 06:55 PM
I can understand that.. You need to realize that none of those people putting you down are any better than you. In fact, people who talk crap to/about others are usually suffering from low self esteem themselves. You are important and so are your opinions/needs/wants. It is YOUR life and you can hope things will change, let other people change things for you, or MAKE things change! Keep your head up and know that you have friends on this forum who believe in the decision you're making.
    10-21-2012, 07:03 PM
Green Broke
Thank you, I knew alot of people would help in supporting me on here. It's just hard when you love an animal but know its in his and yours best interest to just part ways. I hate even talking about it but now I know I need to do it..I want to actively start showing next year (just for fun, though). As I am trying to find him a home though I may start skimming the market for a more fitting horse.
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