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post #21 of 33 Old 06-06-2013, 11:54 AM
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Standing for mounting is fixable, actually not all that difficult. My horse went from bolting to snoozing at the block within a week.

The bigger question is Do you really want a case of the "If Only"? If only I had lost 50lbs, if only I had more $$$ for training, if only.....

Horses don't gain value standing around mowing pastures.

I'd say sell 'em all and go buy a well-trained, safe, sound, broke horse that you can ride TODAY. Give yourself some time to really enjoy your riding and if you want a challenge, consider adding a greenie then.
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post #22 of 33 Old 06-06-2013, 12:04 PM Thread Starter
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Most things are fixable, some things I don't want to fix, seeing as I have a mounting issue, fixing that is not something that I am even going there on. We all have our own personal demons, and that one fault would live with me, the guy selling is a trainer, if he hasn't fixed that I am passing NEXT.

Selling them all isn't happening, as of today, and many days past Emmy is a fixture, Ben just has so much going for him, I need to keep him. I enjoy both of them.

I have had someone hinting at something rather interesting today, hopefully she will be a bit less cryptic later this space, but probably wont know more until Sunday.....

Here have a healthy snack to tide you over

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post #23 of 33 Old 06-06-2013, 01:33 PM
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Praise God she's got veggies.
Here's my take on it....keep ONE of the work in progress horses and sell or lease out the others. Get a dead broke capable of carrying you now and doing what you want now and ride it. You are taking the fun for you out of riding by always being in training mode. You have gorgeous land to ride on, and instead of being able to just ride you are always in work mode.
There is nothing wrong with Ben for dressage and another for western. I don't ever see you getting rid of angel, so you have the two mares and the extra gelding to liquidate if you choose, and they would bring enough to buy a nice horse who is ready to go.
Why don't I ride right now? Because all we have is daughters horse who is in training. I just want to ride, I have two many other issues in my life to fix- I don't want to have to fix my horse. That's where I stand and I wonder if you aren't there as well. You know I have, since the day I came here, supported and watched while you worked to make it work- and it made me smile when I saw how happy you were just riding!!
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post #24 of 33 Old 06-06-2013, 06:12 PM Thread Starter
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Don't eat too many of them, they are mine I tell you MINE.....I have become very protective of my fruit and veggies over the last couple of weeks, seeing as that is mostly what I eat, veggies, more veggies, some fruit, a little meat and dairy, lots of beans, and very very few refined carbs. Halfway through the second week and doing OK so far.

It is possible that a solution to my dilemma maybe out there, I have to wait until Sunday, but cross fingers that this works out, I am super exited by the opportunity that maybe in sight
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post #25 of 33 Old 06-06-2013, 06:20 PM
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Fingers crossed!! I will leave you a few pieces of cyber celery!!
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post #26 of 33 Old 06-06-2013, 09:44 PM
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I hope the veggies will hold us over until Sunday.....

You know, I'm somewhat in a similar situation. My Arab is, I think, too small for me(14.2 vs 5'7"), but he will stay, no matter what. Pet, or I'll train him to drive. The QH is more or less retired, she was a ranch horse and is quite banged up and arthritic. The new boy is meant for hubby, 16.3 is just too tall for my old bones, and I really don't click with him anyway. So now I'm half heartedly looking for a horse but what appeals most to me guessed it....14.2 h. Arabs......*sigh*
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post #27 of 33 Old 06-06-2013, 10:46 PM
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Please keep the celery. I'd rather have a cookie.
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post #28 of 33 Old 06-06-2013, 11:27 PM
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If you're committed to losing weight, it's probably best not to base your actions on which horses fit you now. If you really enjoy riding a horse, why sell it because it can't hold your weight when you're planning on losing weight anyway?
If you know that a horse will never be able to carry you even when you're at the weight you'll be comfortable at, it's best not to keep them.
As for the greenie, if he's everything you want minus a few miles, send him off to get those miles.
So far, it looks to me like two are worth keeping for you and two aren't. Why not sell the two that aren't and use that money to either make the other two exactly what you want or to buy another that's exactly what you want? In the end, it's about your happiness, with your weight and with the horses you own.
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post #29 of 33 Old 06-07-2013, 12:04 AM
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I would do what someone else suggested and get an unbiased opinion from a trainer or someone who knows you and your horses.Then you have to do some soul searching.
I think you have to find a balance between where you really want to go and what is realistic. Then decide how much effort you are willing to put into getting to that point.
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post #30 of 33 Old 06-07-2013, 09:07 AM
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I think you're in the same sort of position as me - and deserthorsewoman too by the sound of it. I used to work at buying and selling horses but that was a job and these horses I have now are on the same level as my dogs. Selling them becomes less of an option especially in todays market when so many really good horses are going for slaughter. I bought Looby as a cheap trail horse when I was optimistic that Flo would come sound and still be my all round competition horse but that's never happened and isn't going to, Willow was a back up for low level dressage and she jumps Ok but now she seems to have problems piling up too, Honey is really my sons baby and she'd go bad ways if we sold her anyway because she needs such careful handling and riding, Jazzie was stolen from me within a day of her arriving - son and DH fight over her and she's really too tall for me. When loobys good she's very very good but when she's bad she's the horse from hell - but she's a sweetheart on the ground now and she's our sweetheart but she'll never be a dressage horse or anything else competitive
My only option is to wait for one of the invalids to get to the point where having them put down is the right thing to do or have another extension built to the barn and have yet another horse to feed and care for
Not sure I want that.
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