Not sure what to do :(
So as some of you know I've been taking dressage and jumping lessons with an amazing instructor who I admire, but lately I've been missing western :( I miss my WP and my hunters. But at the moment, since a few family tradgedies we just don't have the money to fork out $20,000 on a nice trained western horse. We don't even have the money to fork out 5-6 grand on a lesser horse.
The only thing I can come up with is if I sell Ricky. I love that pony, and I've had to deal with the fact that I may have to sell him but thats not whats upsetting me. Even if I do get him broke and shown, he's only going to go for $6000 because I really don't have the time or money to show him on a larger scale.
I think he will end up being sold though. I've conquered a lot of fears and boundaries with him, but I know its the right thing.
So enough of that rambling! Onto the main topic. I love my dressage and hacking, I've grown up with it. But for the past 4 years, I did mainly western and then no riding at all. I made so many friends in that industry and I love it but I love my english as well. I'm not sure if I want to go back to western or stick with my dressage.
I'm thinking that maybe buying a low-level HUS and just use that? One that can do english and a litte bit of PC, but nice enough to take in trail, WP and horsemanship. Even so, thats still going to set me back more than $6000.
Western is extremely expensive in my area, but the more I do my dressage the more I miss it. I need a riding horse, because honestly without me riding at least 3 times a week I feel left out, and lose my confidence.
I'm not sure what to do. :(
That's always a tough situation to be in. I had almost the same situation when Gunther was young. I had NO idea what I was getting into (money wise) with training a horse. I did all of his ground work but couldn't afford the $650 a month for boarding plus training. I thought about selling him, giving him away, and so many other options. I literally would be so sad thinking about the things I didn't have for him and hated even go to feed in the morning.
THANK GOD, I didn't give up hope. My junior year of highschool, when he turned 4, I got the best Christmas present ever! My parents + grandparents paid for his first month of training. Okay-yeah that was great because atleast he got training but they mainly worked on things he already knew but atleast they could ride him around.
Then I went through another rut where once that 45 days of training was up I couldn't afford another, so he came home and it was during winter, I had no where to ride, nor did I have the skills to ride a green horse. Then the most amazing things happened, almost like fate (I believe everything happens for a reason), I applied for a stable job, thinking it would be a good job while I was out of college for summer and things. The stable job turned into me meeting a really great trainer, which turned into me bringing Gunther there, which turned into getting him trained and boarded. -- The downfall is I only get paid $300 at the end of the month. But if I think about what I have and still am getting out of it, it makes me happy.
Now because of me holding in there I have a six year old amazing horse, training skills that I need, and a good head on my horses and mines shoulders. If you asked me two years ago if I would ever be doing what I am with my horse today I would tell you to screw off. I'm in love. Seriously.
It's funny that you say western is expensive in your area because it's the polar opposite where I live. I feel as if people look at western riders as being "less than". In my stable there are only two western saddles in the tack room, one being mine, and one collecting about two inches of dust. Everyone else rides Dressage, Hunters, or English.
So long story short, stick with it! I'm so happy I did.
Thanks for posting that. Ill post more when I'm off my phone
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Thanks for that White foot. Its just that there really is no where I can get an internship in return for agistment and training. I really dread feeding and working my boy as much as I love him because I've just reached my capabilities and I don't want to push it and ruin him if that makes sense?
He's been backed recently for free by a friend, but I can't ride him again for another 3 months due to a recurring ankle injury. So he only gets ridden once a week and to me thats just not enough. Due to the weather also, he hasn't been lunged, worked or even led around on his halter for about 2 weeks.
I'm confused. Im trying my hardest to think out all my options but its just so ehh.
Quit beating yourself up! Yes, young horses need to be worked often, but, hey, life happens. Remember, our horses are our passion and sometimes that passion just takes a break. My favorite horse is the one I paid $800 for. I ride western and sometimes feel that 'snob appeal' but shrug it off as my being too thin-skinned that say. We are all into horses and need to respect each other and stick together. Just enjoy what you have; keep looking at ways to get what you want!!
How much does it cost to have a horse shipped over from the US? I can find you any number of well trained registered quarter horses for under 1K.
You don't need a fantastic, expensive horse to do well. Far out, most of the horses on the Aussie Olympic eventing team (which has won MANY a time mind you and never out of the placings ;) ) are ottb's picked up at doggers money!
The nice horses help, for sure, and we'd all love to have one, but I think it makes you a much better rider having to deal with what you've got and turning that horse into a good thing.
I've NEVER had an expensive horse, ever. And I'm on the State Dressage Squad. Go figure... I'm up on the squad amongst all the rich dressage riders on their horses that cost more than everything I own put together, and I've BEATEN them! My boy Hugo, he cost me $2000 ott, and that was A LOT for me to pay, and look at him! He's been favoured over pricey WB's already and he's only been in INCONSISTENT work for 3 months!!
Don't stress yourself out about NEEDING a fancy expensive horse. You'll look better in the long run when you can go out there and say 'I trained this horse from the ground up, he was a hopeless case, a nothing, when I started with him and now look where we are'. To me, I think that is so much more satisfying than spending big bucks on some fancy horse that someone else has put all the work into so you can sit up on top looking pretty.
Just my 2 cents :D
Draft, that is so bizarre.
Let us know what you figure out, ya?
Draft, sometimes I wish I was in the US, but I think it'd cost a couple of grand to ship over here because from VIC to the NSW north coast, it was 700 in a truck.
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