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post #1 of 63 Old 01-25-2010, 10:31 AM Thread Starter
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of you would sell a horse because they didn't like the disipline that you want to go into???

Chance and I have been working together over the last 2 years and I've finally come to terms that no matter how much I try shes never gonna really want to jump. She looks really good over jumps and I was hoping to get her into it but she just doesnt seem to want to do it.

Im torn between just switching to just dressage and drop what I really want to do.. or sell her to a nice home and get a horse that will work with me over fence.

Chance with do it because I ask her to.. but even then theres more stops then going over... even on ground, so yes some of the stops are me but most are just because she doesnt want to jump. I think Chance would LOVE XC cause i've brought her over a low level xc course and she flew over the jumps. But I cant get her out enough to ever be able to show in it. I love chance A LOT but I think this is one reason why we clash so much. We dont have the same interest so to say. But I love her so much and dont want to replace her. UGH! What would you do?

This is the horse I was looking at:
QH mare- great for hunters or low-level eventing-Price lowered, must sell. | Buy this Horse at
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post #2 of 63 Old 01-25-2010, 10:42 AM
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I rode a really nice jumper, tall , strong, bold and never refused. In 1989 I got invited to run an endurance race held locally and decided to give it a try. I won best condition that day and promptly sold my jumper since she is not suited to that discipline and have been into arabs ever since.

If you want to jump and your horse is not suited to it then buy something that is. There are lots of good people out there for your horse and you can give another horse a great home.

I had a gorgous tall grey young arab gelding, a nice horse but he lacked the competitive I need/ wanted for endurance so I sold him to pull a carriage for wedding parties.
Loved the horse but he didn't have the heart.
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I've never sold one because our disciplines clashed, but I'm a really multi-discipline rider, and I tend to smile like an idiot no matter what saddle I'm in or what I'm riding over. The horse's preferences are a factor in the discipline I ride. My discipline is not a factor in the horse I buy, as of this time, but I've never purchased a fully trained horse, only well started, sane horses who are a pretty blank slate as far as discipline specific education. If I had the money or inclination, I wouldn't go out and buy a trained reiner if I wanted to show hunters, or vice versa. I thought about taking Scout through the motions of jumping training, to eventually show hunters, but he isn't wild about even ground poles. He goes over them, but not with a smile on his face, a song in his heart, and a "lets do it again!" attitude, so I'm getting into dressage a little deeper. I just get so darn attached to good horses in so short an amount of time that I'm willing to swap saddles instead of horses!

The jumping mare looks really good. I LOVE her look as she's over the fence; she looks like she's really enjoying herself, and is eager to get to the next fence. And that face is gorgeous! I'm a sucker for blazes, now, thank you Scout...

As to your specific situation, I can't really advise you one way or another. You know what you want to do, and you know Chance's limitations, needs, and preferences. If you do decide to sell her and try another horse, I'm sure you can find a wonderful home for Chance at a job that she loves.

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post #4 of 63 Old 01-25-2010, 11:23 AM
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Not fit for purpose???
It is a problem. My mare is not really suitable for the purposes for which I bought her. But she is a lovely horse and she has a temperament to die for.
At the time of purchase I thought she was perfect. I was smitten instantly.

She looks at me sometimes and says she is sorry but deep down I know she is going to be skittish all of her life. She can't help it. She is on the ball, sensitive, intelligent and in many ways delightful but she'll never stop being scared of a rustling paper bag or a dustbin out of place. She'll do a little
jump to the right -instantly off all four feet and then she'll carry on as though nothing has happened. I call them "startlets". But I never know when they are coming - so I am always "at the ready". If she does one, then I know another is coming - sometime. It is infuriating.

If you put her at a jump, she will sail over - that big bum of hers contains lots of power. You can ride her at a tractor or a lorry - but don't expect her to stand still by the roadside waiting to cross over - she just might step out in front of a car - regardless of my contact with her.

On the other hand, if you turn your head to the right, she'll go right. If you hesitate just a fraction, she'll stop. If I drop my hip she'll do a tight turn on the hind quarters. She knows what I want before I even think it. If I reach down between her back legs, she'll stand perfectly still whilst I clip up the straps. From time to time she'll even give me a lick.

But dare I take her down into the town? - No - I simply can't trust her to be calm when the moment for her to be perfectly still crops up. And could I leave her tied up? - no never - so no glasses of red wine for me and no crisps for her.

But what to do?? What would she say if she knew I was occasionally thinking about another mare called "Guinness" - a jet black easy going wench with long dark tresses hanging down over her neck and a broad comfortable back to sit on. She too offers the occasional lick especially when there is a bikkie in my pocket.

And if I did swop my Irish Huzzy for that Welsh Mfanwy would I be any better off? No, I doubt it - that's mares for you -fickle. Why did I not stick with geldings like I have always had before. Simple, I suppose, I was bedazzled by a pretty face. I'm stuck with the she-devil I know.

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If you can only have one horse and it dose not fit what you want to do then sell the horse to a person who wants to do the same thing that your horse wants to do and get one that fits what you want. In the end everyone wins.

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Horses, I switched disciplines for my horse, rather than selling him on.

Whether you decide to sell and get a horse for the discipline you want, or keep the horse you have and switch disciplines, neither one is a wrong decision.

However, if you can have only ONE horse and you have your mind and heart set on a discipline your current horse will never have a talent for, then selling her on would be your best bet. It would be better for her too, since making her do something she doesn't enjoy will eventually make her rank. Ask me how I know that.....

I loved my boy enough to switch disciplines for him but not everyone wants to do that, and that's OKAY.

Don't let anyone tell you it's wrong to sell a horse that doesn't meet the criteria you need and want.
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There are two ways to be rich. You can earn more or desire less. If I really liked the horse and I could afford to I might change my plans and do what the horse was better at. If I was unwilling or unable to change disciplines then I would change horses. I have horses for my pleasure not just to give the horses a home. Currently I don't have to worry about the horse fitting because I don't compete and I can get just about any horse to work for what I do.

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post #8 of 63 Old 01-25-2010, 01:37 PM
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Nothing wrong with selling a good horse that does not do what you want to do. You should have no problem finding a good home that will want to do what the horse wants to do and then you can find a horse that does what you want to do.
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post #9 of 63 Old 01-25-2010, 02:33 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone :)

Its hard because chances personality in general is to DIE for. And everything she does make you smile and laugh.

She has the talent for just about everything, but the heart?? Not always.

Its makes it even harder that I rescued her and now shes attached to me like glue half the time. People always tell me that she would die with out me [long story]. So I worry about how she would deal with a new home.

I dont want a trained horse, because I've gotten addicted to training horses LOL! Even since I started Chance and brought her from her first sane ride to getting her over her first jump and going to the beach for the first time. I love those moments! But I do want a horse thats gonna look for that next jump with a happy face. Not waiting for me to ask her to stop LOL!
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I think you have to deside whether the horse is more important that what you want to do. Personally, I wouldn't sell my horse if it didn't like my discipline...but I'm a horselover, not a discipline lover. I do a little bit of everything, not especially GOOD at anything.

Example - I originally bought my filly with dreams of jumping...but she's turned out a bit more drafty than I thought she would and her movement SCREAMS dressage. I'm not going to sell her simply because she won't excel in jumping - I'm going to change our goals together and see how we do.

The only problem with being addicted to training, is you don't know what the horse will enjoy and how much they'll give to each discipline. You take a chance (no pun intended) with each youngster you start training and if Chance isn't turning out to be the horse you want, then I suggest finding the one that is. If her heart is in trail riding or dressage, she's never going to be a superb jumper and you're somewhat holding her back from her full potential by keeping her in jumping. HOWEVER, if you're willing to switch what YOU want in riding, then by all means carry on with her and be a team.

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