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    03-27-2010, 12:52 AM
Green Broke
Big choices to make - need some opinions!!

So, for the past week I've been doing some deep thinking and I've come up with a few options for Chance. I know I know please bare with me I need some honest opinions. I know this is longgggggg

Thursday the farrier will be coming up to do corrective shoeing, already I know this isnt going to be a perminate fix. I was thinking already knowing this, I could get the shoes on her and sell her as a light dressage horse, or a good trail horse, or even a horse a lesson program could use to give kids lunge lessons, and actually get some money for her. I want to jump, and even though im not 100% sure [im going to ask] I don't think she would be able to jump again at least not very high. Which I want to go into hunter/jumpers. I AM willing to switch displines for her if she is able to stay sound.. but I know I will always have the itch to jump her. Chance is 14.3-15H [depending on that days :P] Im 5'3 I am a bit big for her aswell.

Another option is to get the shoes put on her, put her back into work.. start working on her training again and just hope to god she doesn't damage anything worse while going back into training. Pay for injections if she needs them if the shoes isn't enough then wait till she's sound again then put her back into work and again hope she stays sound.. and if all else fails she goes out as a pasture pet. She's only 6 so I ccant believe this mare is going through that.

For some reason I feel like I was always ment to sell her and pass her on to a family that will enjoy her and this is just forcing it. She's a GREAT mare, a barn favorite. Everyone will comment on how well mannered/sweet she is. Which is great :) Im proud of what I've done with her.
I love her to death, she's my whole world but Im trying to see whats best for her. Im attached to her like no other horse, I've had her since she was 4 1/2. Im training 4 other horses on top of caring for her and its not the same feeling I use to get when I rode Chance and I miss it so much. .


On top of all that I've already paid $1000 in vet bills.....
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    03-27-2010, 01:03 AM
I think it may be time for another reality check. SHE IS NOT KID SAFE!!!!! Please don't try to sell her as such. You would have had far fewer threads if she was anywhere near safe for a kid to ride. Be honest about what she is to yourself and any prospective buyers or you will likely regret it.

I am 6'8" and I ride a 15 hand horse. She is not too small for you.
    03-27-2010, 01:11 AM
Green Broke
She actually is pretty kid safe. She's had a 4 year old on her. And My 8 year old cousin the the outdoor by himself w/t. Im not saying a little kid should have her. I ment like lunge lessons. She has her days. Which is why im saying a I would NEVER want a little kid to own her. But she is very good to learn on like on lunge.
    03-27-2010, 01:14 AM
They are either kid safe every day or they are not kid safe but suit yourself.
    03-27-2010, 01:20 AM
You have got to be kidding. After the threads you have made about this horse, you are seriously going to try and sell her as a lesson horse for kids or a trail horse??? She needs an experienced rider IMO. It is so hard to find a horse that suits a riders needs because so many people lie about their horses. Be one of the decent ones. Find Chance a home where the horse and rider can be happy if you want to get rid of her. Don't cover up truths to get more money out of her only to have her wind up with a family that can't handle her and end up selling her at a horse sale or she winds up in the meat market. No, you probably won't get as much money for her, but hopefully by being honest you will find her a home where everyone can be happy.
    03-27-2010, 01:21 AM
Green Broke
No I understand what your saying. She's pretty far from "kid safe" as in teh sense that anyone could just get on her and go. But she is 100% safe for the occasional pony ride or having like a 10 yr old just go plodd around on her. Even my friend whos NEVER ridden before walked/trotted her for a good 30 mins and never took a wrong step.

This past few weeks I've been jumping on her with nothing on her head and just kinda enjoying sitting on her again while she wonders the arenas.

And she's been to the beach, and on the road, along with multiple trail rides even lead them. She's an amazingggg trail horse. Suprisingly enough. Just not in teh winter she's very hot in the winter. But the vet believe that was the lyme acting up because it tends to fire up in colder weather. Ever since she had the treatment not much as set her off I've been desensatizing her to everything latly .. and things I swear she's going to jump out of her skin with she barely looks at.

Idc so much for the money. I mean if I could find her a nice enough home honestly I think id be willing to let her go for free. I want her in a place where she deserves to be.
    03-27-2010, 01:22 AM
I've believe I've read in a couple of books that a horse (given that it has good confo) 15-15.2 hands is the ideal size for an average male rider.

I am not well-phrased on the cause of Chance's sudden health problem. Did you post somewhere how the injury could have been caused? I cannot imagine how I would feel (other than devastated) if someone told me I could not progress further in Frida's training. However, if I ever had to face what you are now, I would be quite content keeping my horse as a light dressage/trail riding horse. I progressed in Hunter/Jumper for 10+ years riding other people's horses. I guess you have to decide what is more important to you. You can keep the horse and enjoy what she is able to give you, or if you think you wouldn't be happy with just that, you can sell her to someone that will. This will leave you free to pursue another horse that can take you further towards your goals.
    03-27-2010, 01:26 AM
They are either kid safe every day or they are not kid safe

I agree with Kevin. He hit the nail on the head. Even if she goes nuts just once a year (which it seems like it is more than that) then you shouldn't be calling her kid safe. As a parent, I can tell you, she would have one time to act like that with my kid and she'd get a bullet between her eyes. And I'm referring to the post by you where she went crazy on you.
    03-27-2010, 01:35 AM
Green Broke
she would have one time to act like that with my kid and she'd get a bullet between her eyes.
O.O!! I just cringed when I read that. Gah. I do regret not posting the good stuff about Chance. I mostly kept that for the Parelli forum. But to late now.. Chance already has a rep ... and not a good one which is sad cause she isnt all the life threatening... well.. hmm any horse can be.

Seahorseys - See that's what im trying to figure out. I can't decide what I feel is more important the relationship i've built with this mare and just enjoy doing what I can with her. Who knows maybe in time I can progress more. Or is my goal to go higher in jumping more important. I mean I can get my jumping in with the horses Im training recently. Little is mine for 4-6 years and he's a good jumper and I could show him. So its pros and cons basically. I just can't wait for thursday to see what teh farrier says.
    03-27-2010, 01:53 AM
She would have one time to act like that with my kid and she'd get a bullet between her eyes.
O.O!! I just cringed when I read that. Gah. I do regret not posting the good stuff about Chance. I mostly kept that for the Parelli forum. But to late now.. Chance already has a rep ... and not a good one which is sad cause she isnt all the life threatening... well.. hmm any horse can be.

I'm not saying that Chance doesn't have good qualities. She will probably make someone a fantastic horse...just not a kid or inexperienced rider. If I were the one riding her and she acted crazy with me it would be a totally different thing. I would be looking to get rid of her, but I wouldn't want anything bad to happen to her. If I bought her as a kids horse and had tried her out and she seemed to be just that, then I expect her to be that way always. If she goes out one day out of the blue and tries to hurt my kid, then there are no second chances...that's what I was saying. That is why you should be honest and careful when selling your horse. Your horse deserves better than to be sold as something she's not.

I edited to add that my horse is a good horse...but he is not kid safe, so my kids don't ride him. It doesn't mean he is bad.

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