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post #1 of 24 Old 03-15-2010, 03:20 AM Thread Starter
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Selling Ricky :(:(:(

Just note, I'm writing this in tears so sorry if my spelling, and general coherence is going hay-wire.

I don't know what to do. I was ready for a young horse when I was working with my trainer each week. Now I haven't been to see her in over 3 months and I haven't ridden in over a month. Ricky was the perfect horse when I was working with my trainer, and now my parents expect me to hop on Ricky after he is broken even though I haven't ridden in over a month. So you might say the easiest thing to do is to gt lessons? Well I can't because my trainer has no more ridng horses. She sold them all and theres no other western places I can get lessons.

I've dealt with Ricky's problems on my own, but I don't know why everyone is pressuring me into getting him broken and riding him. I've worked with so many young horses before but the pressures from school, and my friends and work is just getting to me.

I love my pony more than anything in the world. He holds me together when everything is going wrong. Hes my baby; forever and always. He's the only boy I trust cause I know deep down as much as he can kick and rear, he will never break my heart.

I don't know what to do. Seriously I don't. We don't have the time anymore to take him to the trainers, I work, Dad works, Mum works. I think its time I put him up for sale. I think its time I buy myself a riding horse and just get back into competing.

I know of a mare thats for sale at the moment who is perfect for me and is the same price for what I would sell Ricky for. I really just want to ride and have a pony that I can spend time with and bond iwth. But I already have such a connection with Ricky. How can I sell the only thing in my life that I can actually rely on? How come I just give my boy?

Deep down, I know selling him is the best option. I know I should sell him to a home where he will be shown and to a place where he will get the attention and work he needs.

I know to you guys, that this happens every day. People sell their ponies and move on, but I don't know whether I'm doing the right thing.
a)Should I sell my pony? Sell my world, my boo, my man who I know will never break my heart?
b)Send him away for training? Lease him out?
c)Forget about the pressures from school and just focus on him?
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post #2 of 24 Old 03-15-2010, 04:04 AM Thread Starter
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I wouldn't mind some advice right about now.
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post #3 of 24 Old 03-15-2010, 04:11 AM
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I think if you love him as much as you say you do you need to take some time out and get away from the pressure and think long and hard about what you want to do.

Make a pro con list or whatever you have to do.

Maybe you could lease him out or something. Or if you really do feel(not just because every one is pressuring you, it is YOUR horse after all) it is best to sell him, dont feel bad, uit is what you need to do.

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post #4 of 24 Old 03-15-2010, 04:37 AM
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Is there really a set amount of time that someone is supposed to hang out with their horses? I doubt a horse has any such expectation and so what ever you do, as long as it is not outright ignore him, will be just fine- he most likely won't know the difference. I am thinking this is too big of a choice to be made quickly.
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post #5 of 24 Old 03-15-2010, 01:54 PM
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Your schooling is far more important. Horses come and go but not your schooling. Drop out now and you will never start again.
Sending a horse to the trainers is expensive. Can you afford it and if sent to a trainer you have to keep his schooling up . The trainer can only do so much.
If you are not capable or have the skill to ride him, or are afraid of him hurting you then you are better off with the older mare.

He will find a good home, I assume you didn't breed him, you are a good mom, there are others out there too.
He is not the horse for you so find him a good one.
Good luck
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post #6 of 24 Old 03-15-2010, 02:01 PM
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Personally there are alot of times I dont have time "ride" my horses, they are all green, but I wont sell them. I love them, they are my de-stresser after a really bad day(course they can give me a bad day too:), and if going out to feed them and maybe brushing their tail because its a mess for 10 mins is all I get..then thats all I get. Even if you do sell him, how do you know they wont be in the same position as you? How do you know that he would get more out of it? But then again, if you need a already rideable horse more, then that something you have to do. Everyone thought I was nuts to get (2) 6 month old colts (you cant ride them so what are you getting out of them they would say)..but you know what, those 2 taught me things I would never have learned getting a already "knows what to do" horse. They were my first horses..I wasnt a rider, had no clue what to do, but they have taught me alot. I just would ride with a friend who already had the "knows what to do" horses to get more confidence in riding. And now my horses and I are learning together..and I did send them to a trainer for 45 days just to learn the basics because I didnt have a clue how to teach them..but if I did know how I would have done it myself because I worried about them the whole time. If they all came up not rideable tomorrow I would still keep them...they are my sanity with 3 girls (8, 15, 18)...I just enjoy spending time with them. But you have to do whats right for you...and not listen to people who want to tell you what they think is right for you.
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post #7 of 24 Old 03-15-2010, 02:03 PM
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I agree with Riosdad.
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post #8 of 24 Old 03-15-2010, 05:40 PM
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I once almost bought a foal because it is pretty much my DREAM to own one. but, sadly, I am only fifteen and I need to focus on school. I can't do that if I'm too worried about a foal's training! But at the same time, focus on what you want to do, and what you can do. Relate the two to each other, and think long and hard with your trainer. Good luck, he sounds like a great boy.
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post #9 of 24 Old 03-15-2010, 06:33 PM
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It's entirely up to you. Not your parents [unless they pay the bills] but you. Personally, I don't think you have too much on your plate. I work full-time, go to school full-time, I have to juggle my boyfriend and friends, on top of keeping Ricci in shape, and training my 19 month old. It's a lot, sure, but you learn how to cope, and how to juggle. I am willing to sleep 5 hours a night, and eat on the go to make myself more time. You just have to figure out what YOU'RE willing to give up or sacrifice.

I do agree with RiosDad, do not drop out of school, whether it be college or high school. Maybe try to take a vacation from work during a break in school to get yourself re-focused and re-vamped. I know I always feel better after a few days off. =]

And one more thing, you said there are no other western places to take lessons? Why not take english lessons? Riding is riding, and lessons are lessons, right? And there's always room to improve and grow in your horse knowledge.

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post #10 of 24 Old 03-15-2010, 06:57 PM
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If you love him so much I'd try and lease him partially, so both - you and another person could keep him in shape. Don't sacrifice the school. It's VERY hard to get back if you stop. Better for him to wait you for another year or two than give up on education.
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