Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Alberta, Canada
• Horses: 0
First off, I am so very sorry to hear that your health took a bad turn just as you were able to achieve your dream - how disheartening. You will be in my thoughts... I hope it's a short episode and that you're on the road to recovery and back in the saddle again soon.
Secondly... if you fought this hard to get her, don't give her up. She won't care if she's stuck out in a field for a few years, even - caveat of course being that she has to have regular farrier work, deworming and vaccines - but she won't care if she's not ridden on a regular basis or at all. She's very young - to be honest, I'd really just let her learn to be a horse for a year or two. (I personally prefer to not even ride a horse till 3, or if they're slow developers I have no issue waiting till the age of 4.) If it comes down to it, let her grow up a bit and then bring her back under saddle with the help of a trainer in a year or two when (when, not if ;) power of positive thinking!) you're feeling better.
If you want her to be kept in work under saddle from here on in, though, shorter rides a couple times a week is best - she's very young and doesn't need much work right now; she's still growing and maturing, she doesn't need much work, if any at all.
Edited to add:
Have you considered getting her broken to cart? Could you handle her from a cart at all, or at least be able to be in the cart with someone else driving? It's not a short-term solution, but perhaps a more long-term goal?
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