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post #1 of 4 Old 01-27-2014, 02:29 AM Thread Starter
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Should I sell my mare?

I have had Suri, for about five years. Due to lameness, I have been riding her about 3.5yrs now. She used to be everything I wanted in a horse, we had issues, but I knew eventually we would work through them, she would advance in her training, and then she would be perfect. And now, I'm not so sure. I feel like we aren't clicking like we used to, we get along, and I like her personality, but we rarely have good rides anymore, and neither of us are really enjoying ourselves. I'm not sure if I should continue riding her, in the hopes that with training, and time, we will get along again, and she will be the right horse for me. Or if I should move on, and try to find a horse that I click better with.

My biggest fear is that, if I were to sell her, I won't be able to find my dreamhorse, and that my partnership with Suri is as good as it's gonna get. I would hate to sell her, and be stuck with another horse I don't get along with.
Writing it all out like this the answer seems pretty obvious, but I guess I just want some reassurance that selling her would be the right thing to do, for both of us, and that I will find my dreamhorse. Thank you for taking the time to read this, and please let me know your opinion :)
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post #2 of 4 Old 01-27-2014, 03:45 AM
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What has she been lame from, and how much time has she had off before you started working again?

A little story.. we bought a family horse who we discovered to have Navicular disease. Out of the eight years we had her, she spent 4.5 lame, had an op on a different leg for something else, and we had every treatment under the sun done on her.

She was retired last summer as she is short, not lame. We didn't want to have her put to sleep, she has an amazing home as a companion horse.

BUT, my dad spent most time with her during her recovery, and her work between. They had good days, but they didn't always outweigh the bad and ugly.

It took a long time for Josie to forget her pain, and relax under the saddle and enjoy her work again. There were a lot of saddle changes, massages, and my dad had a lot of lessons to help get her working more from behind.

It got to the point where he was once riding her, and she dropped lame.. REALLY lame. I got on to so he could see where it was from. We were devestated. Then clearing her feet out of sand, we discovered that she had pulled her O shape shoe, and it slipped and was digging in to the sole of her foot.. but she was so true to my dad she carried on regardless.

Sometimes it is just time, and making sure her saddle fits. If she has only recently come back in to work, its not an overnight fix to get a fit, healthy and easy working horse, you have to work from the bottom up.

I'm not going to say sell her, or keep her without knowing more details. You never know if you will get your 'dream horse' and quite often, it takes many years to find that one!
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post #3 of 4 Old 01-27-2014, 01:50 PM
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I think only you can answer that question. Good horses can be hard to come by, and even more so if you really want a 'relationship' with one.

That said, horses are too pricy not to enjoy them. If you're not happy (and she doesn't seem to be either) then maybe it's not a bad idea to look at other options.

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post #4 of 4 Old 01-27-2014, 02:35 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by DuffyDuck View Post
What has she been lame from, and how much time has she had off before you started working again?
She had blown the sesamoid ligaments in her fronts when we bought her, she was rehabbed for 1.5yrs (unusually long due to not having an appropriate place to start riding her again) she now vets sound, and has been cleared for regular work. We have also had her saddle fitted by a qualified professional, so that shouldn't be causing pain. Thank you for your help :)
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