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post #1 of 14 Old 06-04-2012, 04:02 PM Thread Starter
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Should i sell him?

Sooo, im going to give the short and sweet version.

I love my horse. He is my world. However, im in a conundrum. I know how bad this is going to sound, but he's not at the level I want to be at. I have to concentrate so much on making sure that he's doing the right thing, that my postion is crap.

Thing is, when he's good, he is fantastic. But he's not consistant. He showed 2'6 last summer and got 1st (not with me as the rider) and now, we're practically restarting. Just doing cross poles right now.

Is it horrible if im considering selling him and leasing a school master?? Or should I tough it out with him.

If I was to sell him, it would be after the summer. I want to build up muscle and get him more confident over fences so that I can sell him for more.

*No negative opinions please. Im not looking to be lectured*

For without a horse, i could not fly.
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post #2 of 14 Old 06-04-2012, 04:07 PM
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What's lacking in your training that you can't get him to work for you consistently?

If the horse works well for others but not you it's not him, and selling him won't cure your problems. Neither will leasing a schoolmaster, as those horses can be even more frustrating if you don't know how to ask them for their best performance.

A little introspection and honest evaluation of your own skill level is in order here. FWIW, I can't get a dressage schoolmaster to do squat for me. I'm not a good enough rider!
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post #3 of 14 Old 06-04-2012, 04:07 PM
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I don't think there is anything wrong with making a change when horse and rider are not meeting each others needs. However you did mention that his good performance was with a different rider, so I do wonder if it is a horse issue or perhaps a rider issue?
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post #4 of 14 Old 06-04-2012, 04:07 PM
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*No negative opinions please. Im not looking to be lectured*
I don't see the point of posting that, but ok?

If you are not the level for him, then I think you are making the right choice to sell.

Maybe if you can't sell, you could lease him out?

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post #5 of 14 Old 06-04-2012, 04:11 PM
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I'm not going to jump to any conclusions or make judgement. IMO, If you feel that you want to go one direction and this is not the horse to take you there, then you are better off selling and getting what you need. Obviously this is only a decision you can make yourself, but if you feel that both of you will benefit by parting ways, then go for it. I sold a horse a few years ago, he was fantastic at jumping and eventing, everybody who rode him fell in love with him. I was told I was mad for selling him, but he wasn't the right horse for me and I now have Bandit who suits me to a T. Decide whats right for you, sometimes you have to let them go in order to move forward.
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post #6 of 14 Old 06-04-2012, 04:36 PM Thread Starter
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What's lacking in your training that you can't get him to work for you consistently?

If the horse works well for others but not you it's not him, and selling him won't cure your problems. Neither will leasing a schoolmaster, as those horses can be even more frustrating if you don't know how to ask them for their best performance.

A little introspection and honest evaluation of your own skill level is in order here. FWIW, I can't get a dressage schoolmaster to do squat for me. I'm not a good enough rider!
I don't doubt at all that its my fault!! Im thinking of selling him to someone who can maximize his potential, and I want to lease a schoolmater so I have a steady horse to learn on!

For without a horse, i could not fly.
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post #7 of 14 Old 06-04-2012, 04:37 PM Thread Starter
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I don't see the point of posting that, but ok?

If you are not the level for him, then I think you are making the right choice to sell.

Maybe if you can't sell, you could lease him out?
He will be up for lease this summer, regardless if I decide to sell him or not.

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post #8 of 14 Old 06-04-2012, 05:00 PM
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I always think that if you and the horse don't work at each of your best potential together, it's an option to change horses.
But...I also find it an awesome personal challenge to untap your potential together. Take a year working on being a team with him and not worrying about competing and see what that gets you. Then you will never wonder what could have been.
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post #9 of 14 Old 06-07-2012, 03:58 PM
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There was an article just this month in Horse and Rider Magazine about knowing when it's time to "Divorce your horse". One of the items mentioned was your completion level versus your horses. Sometimes your horse doesn't have what you need to get you to your showing goals, that's ok.

It's a tough Decision, but there's no use in staying "stuck" with something that doesn't fit you. Maybe your horse would be better off with someone else who needs a horse at your current horse's level? Maybe he would be happier with someone not pushing him to be more advanced if he can't or doesn't want to move up?

I don't see how it is bad for you to say you are thinking about selling him. Sometimes you just need someone to help you confirm what you are dealing with and how you are going to go about it. Maybe even the help of a trainer could help you assess his future potential, and could help you decide your next step in which ever direction you decide to go.

Best of luck!
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post #10 of 14 Old 06-07-2012, 05:18 PM
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If he is not the horse for you-sell him. I have no idea the market in AB, but fall is NOT the best time to sell a horse in much of US.....save for the really warm areas. Many folks do not want to have to winter over a horse, especially one they just bought. So, here in the US, it would be doubtful you would get more. Time to sell here is almost over for this year, IMO. Spring and early summer. Folks want to be able to use their investment.
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