Debating on selling, but don't want to regret it later...
I have a filly that turned 2 on Friday. I already have another horse that is 13, and I plan to lease him out when I go to college next fall. A bunch of people already are interested in leasing him, and that's before I've advertised anything, so I don't think I'll have a hard time finding leasers.
This college is expensive, and my plan was to lease him out, and take the filly with me after the first semester. I'm going to start breaking her out in the spring. My issue is, boarding two horses is really expensive. The college is 10 hours away, so it would be a lot easier if I had my own car. If I were to sell the filly, I could likely get enough money from the sale to buy a used one, and still have some left over.
I have some hesitations to sell her. I love her personality, and I've been around her since she was born. I may breed her later, and plan to train her to jump.
The issue with this is that she is a Paint. Her bloodlines definitely make her a prospect for western pleasure or an all-around, not jumping at rated shows. Though she has potential now, I don't know if she will be the kind of horse that I need to excel.
As much as I love her, I'm not sure that keeping her is for both of our best interests.
It's hard to decide when to sell a horse you really like. Make a list of what you want/need - horse and otherwise (like college $ or a car), then prioritize them. Think about what kind of horse you're really looking for - and if this filly can fulfill that. Do you want to show at rated shows, for example?
Or, you said you had a lot of interest in your older horse. Would you consider selling him, and keeping the filly? Some of the money can go to a vehicle, the rest can be saved for extra or towards a horse that will reach your next goals (ie a jumping prospect) down the road.
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I probably should have included something about my older horse.
I would rather sell my left leg than that horse. He was my first horse, and he's everything to me. He really kept me going through everything, and I promised myself and him that it's only fair I stick it out with him til the end.
As much as I love this filly, I don't have even a quarter of the connection with her as I do with him.
I like your idea of making a list. I will try that, and talk about it more with my mom. She understands I love her, but she also thinks I should consider selling her.
Generally speaking, stock horses don't have the movement or step to do well in rated hunter shows. Not a biggie if you're doing jumpers or local hunters, of course, but if you're wanting to do rated hunters the odds are stacked against this filly.
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