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post #1 of 10 Old 10-25-2007, 07:10 PM Thread Starter
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torn between the horse you have.... and another you want

Okay a friend of mine has a daughter who owns a horse and boards it at a stable.
the thing is, this horse is kinda a beginner horse and it is 15'3" and the girl wants something that will give her more of a challenge.
she loves this horse to death but my friend can absolutely not afford 2 horses for her daughter.
the girl is torn between her dream horse and the one she has grown to love.
any advice on what she should do?
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post #2 of 10 Old 10-25-2007, 07:28 PM
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is there any way that the girl can lease her horse out to some one or lease it to the barn for lessons? that way cutting down on cost?
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post #3 of 10 Old 10-25-2007, 07:29 PM
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There is an old song that goes...If you cant be with the one you love..love the one your with. :)


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post #4 of 10 Old 10-25-2007, 11:19 PM
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Both Kansas and Vidaloco give good advice! Does her current horse have the ability to move up with training? If so, I say training up a horse is an excellent challenge and there's nothing better then a good horse that you have a relationship with. If this horse doesn't have that ability and this girl wants to progress her riding and can't with him, I say go with Kansas or do the right thing by him and find him a great forever home.
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post #5 of 10 Old 10-26-2007, 02:03 AM
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iv found quite a few people jump into buying horses with out knowing much about them and many begginers end up with a horse to challanging for them. a friend of mine was in a similar situation and had a begginer horse which she swapped ( free lease on both ends) with a boy who was a begginer had bought a horse to advanced for him. lol this doesnt seem make sense but this worked out well for my friend so yeah
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post #6 of 10 Old 10-26-2007, 02:43 AM
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Indeed I agree with Maxxgirl that if the horse she currently owns can be trained to a higher level go for it! When you train a horse up and look back you sort of go "Wow! My horse used to be like that. Look how much he's improved" it definately gives you great satisfaction training up a horse but if this horse has reached his level of abilities find a close friend or someone you know who is looking for a horse before letting the open market look at him. Also, if he does go to someone fro the open market ask them if you can come and see him regurlarly to check on his progress and most owners will be ahppy with this as long as you let them know in advance. Maybe even suggest going on a trail ride with you r old horse and the new one?? And last but not least dont rush into it or be pressured by other people!
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post #7 of 10 Old 10-26-2007, 01:50 PM
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Hi,i have 2 horse and find it hard to afford so what i done was put 1 of mine up for part loan so the loaner can ride up to 3 times a week and they pay ? a week towords your livery bill. mel xx
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post #8 of 10 Old 10-26-2007, 01:50 PM
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Hi,i have 2 horse and find it hard to afford so what i done was put 1 of mine up for part loan so the loaner can ride up to 3 times a week and they pay ? a week towords your livery bill. mel xx
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post #9 of 10 Old 10-28-2007, 08:34 AM
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There is an old song that goes...If you cant be with the one you love..love the one your with. :)
very very very good advice.

i think you shouldnt disregard your own horse. if you feel that you do want to move on with regards to experience in a horse but you dont want to sell him, then maybe you should think about at least leasing him. either that or release your own horses potential and grow with him.

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post #10 of 10 Old 10-29-2007, 11:44 PM
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I had the same problem with my mare. I bought her green broke, and took her to the point where she was jumping a 3'6"-3'9" course and doing medium-intermediare dressage. This was as far as she could go. I love that mare to this day, and she taught me a ton, but I had to sell her to move on with my riding. I made sure she went to a very loving home with kids that would pamper her to the nines. As it turned out, my trainer bought her back from the family, so now I can go visit her anytime :)
Anyways, you could sell the horse with conditions, such as:
-right of first refusal (that is, if the horse is ever to be sold, you have the right to buy her back before she is put on the market)
-a clause in the agreement to not sell to meat
-a clause in the agreement to say that the horse is not to be sold without informing you
-a clause stating that you are to be contacted if she falls seriously lame or sick, or is in a situation to be put down, and you have the option to buy her back and treat her yourself

Also, she can state that the horse is to be sold to approved home only, that means that you can go and look at the place that the horse is to go and stay, and see if you like it or not. In that, you can add a clause to be notified if the horse is to be moved stables.

I wish you best of luck in your decision, and just be confident. Maybe the horse can teach some other girl to be a good rider, and be her best friend forever?


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