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        11-16-2010, 04:40 PM
    Am i doing the right thing?

    I put my horse through training for two months this summer to be broken. He is four years old and an quarter horse arabian. He is very spirited and has a mind of his own. My trainer LOVED him and he told me that my horse would be fantastic in reining. I brought my horse (Tye) home and it was almost the end of summer. I had ran out of time in three short weeks and I was doing soccer and school was back in session. I ran out of time for him.

    I have had Tye here since his birth and his mom and sister live here with him too. I tried just simple longing with him again and all he would do for ten or so minutes is just buck and rear and throw his feet the whole time. That was three weeks ago. I am selling him back to my trainer, because he really liked Tye. I just feel SO bad that I gave up. Tye was giving me such a hard time when he came home and just picked up a whole list of new bad habits. My heart is just broken. And I feel like a complete failure on the dreams I have had for him since I was twelve. I just gave up. Am I doing the right thing?
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        11-16-2010, 04:49 PM
    Green Broke
    You have to do what you feel is right. You sound like you didn't have time for him anyway. Who knows, he may become more than what you could do for him. That in itself would make me happy for him. You already sold him so the regrets are too late. Things happen for a reason. Focus on what you can accomplish now and be happy that he is with someone who likes him and knows his quirks. Maybe someday you can get him back. Who knows?
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        11-16-2010, 05:04 PM
    Green Broke
    If you don't have the time, experience or confidence to handle, or even enjoy, a horse then often the best option is to rehome them.

    There are some battles you cannot win - and some you shouldn't even try to. Horses are for fun, not for guilt. You know that your trainer likes him and that he is going to a good home.

    I think you are making the best decision. Its hard to find the time for a horse at the best of times.
        11-16-2010, 08:55 PM
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    You made a very mature decision, and sometimes such things hurt but you did the right thing. You are still in school, no? School should be your first priority for the next some years. Who knows, maybe when you are out of school you can buy him back and have a beautifully trained reiner. Just a fantasy, maybe, but not impossible.
    Don't punish yourself for not having endless time and energy.. Your are human, aren't you?
        11-20-2010, 05:45 PM
    While this horse was at the trainers, did you get any one on one instruction, on your horse, from this trainer?

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