This thread doesn't even need to be read. Feel free to put your in put, but I think I just need to put it out in words so I can understand better whats going on in my head...
My parents told me that I needed to reduce my herd down to three (currently four). I REFUSE to sell Rosie. She was (and still is) my go to horse, after Mango passed she was the greatest drill horse ever. She carried me farther than any other horse. I got her when she was 16, she is now 22. Even if she became no longer rideable, I would STILL keep her till her dying day. She means the world to be and I find it terrible to sell an old friend. I won't sell Playboy, seeming that I bought him (with my own money I worked my butt off to get!) to be my first REAL show horse and hopefully really take me places. I won't sell Dusty because he is going to be my step up horse after Playboy. That leaves Sassy.
Now let me tell you about Sassy. She has an attitude streak a mile wide but will work her butt off for you. She is always into everything and is a pain in my parents butt (I find it hilarious to be honest!). Yet that's what attracts me to her. There is a reason I named her "Sassy";) Realistically, Sassy would be the first to go. It kills me. Sassy was out of my first horse. She was my first horse to break to saddle and the first horse I ever had a head on collision with (not that that should be a milestone or measurement O.o). I can rattle off the list of crazy things I have been through with that horse..
*weanling, falling head-over-heels over a fence into the neighbors yard..still don't understand how that happened.
*yearling, falling in the in ground pool
*yearling, pretend wedding between Sassy and best friends horse.
*yearling-now, eating trailer lights
*2 year old, ripped 2 inch chunk off of her...lady part.
*3 year old, bad colic
*4 year old, pigeon fever
*4 year old, took off across gravel parking lot when I turned my back
The thing is, my parents said that while I was still making minimal wage. I will be working two jobs this summer, M-F 8-5 at one, then every evening and weekend at the other. The evening job I will be making $9 an hour, then at the other job $400 a week (seeming that's how much I was pulling in a month). I have been supporting my horses for the past year, and I know how much everything costs me and I can more than support them. It's not a time issue either. I ride all of my horses several times a week, only difference is is that this summer it will be in the evenings (work, and 115 degree heat lol). I absolutely HATE having to ask my parents for anything; gas, food, trailer my horses, anything. I want to be as independent as I possibly can..
I think my parents think I have spread myself too thin. I don't fully comprehend that. I have two reining horses (Playboy & Dusty), a semi-retired speed event horse (Rosie) and an up and coming speed event horse (Sassy). Two disciplines. And I seem to be doing fine, I have good grades as a full time college student, I work full time, ride all the time and still squeeze in time to hangout with my boyfriend and friends.
I don't want to sound selfish and childish that I "need to keep all my pretty ponies because I lurv them sooo muchhhh". But last year I sold my first horse, Dream, and the year before that I sold my heart horse, Rebel. And I still can't get over Rebel.... I don't want to go through that again. My parents have gone through some bad financial struggles the past couple years. I think that my dad views them (although he does enjoy them, don't get me wrong) as another money pit. I've shown him time and time again I can take care of them all on my own, but it's like the THOUGHT of Sassy being here costs him money...my dad hates Sassy.