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post #1 of 6 Old 04-24-2014, 03:01 PM Thread Starter
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Bittersweet Opportunity

Last June I found a great little horse for my husband to learn to ride on. Unfortunately by the end of the summer DH decided he was not so into riding, which I am fine with. His horse became my horse and I have been splitting my already short time between 2 riding horses.
The community I live in has an equestrian community mailing list and today a woman advertised that she would like to get a trail gelding. Her description of what she wanted fits my gelding almost to a T so I emailed her.
Now I have an appointment to show him to her tomorrow! On one hand I am excited to get him to a home where he can get more attention, but on the other hand, I don't want to see him go. I have really clicked with him and he is a blast. I almost hope she doesn't like him!
Has anyone else secretly hoped a sale wouldn't go through?
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post #2 of 6 Old 04-25-2014, 05:19 AM
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I can understand completely but remember you don't have to sell him if you don't think it will be the right home for him. Sounds like you are doing the best thing for him though if you already have your hands full with your own horse.

If they seem like a good team but you still feel hesitant about selling perhaps you could suggest a lease for a fixed time and then see how you both feel at the end of the lease.
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post #3 of 6 Old 04-25-2014, 09:28 AM
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I understand that.

Even when I helped support my little family with the profit from selling horses, ever sale was a touch "bittersweet."

As the trailers would pull away, I'd both sigh and smile.
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post #4 of 6 Old 04-28-2014, 12:15 PM Thread Starter
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Well, Chief is still here :) I had been completely honest with the woman and told her he does not neck rein before she even came to see him. When she was riding him she kept saying, "I wish he had better reining." She liked him otherwise and they were a pretty good match I thought. But the next day she called to inform me she wasn't comfortable with a trail horse who doesn't neck rein and she doesn't think at 10 years old he will learn (which I disagree with).
I am actually quite relieved he is here to stay.
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post #5 of 6 Old 04-28-2014, 12:22 PM
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Just keep him. It doesn't matter how long it takes to finish him, since you've already clicked with him, he'll end up being an awesome horse, and you never know when or if your other horse might pull up lame.
I keep 3 horses, even though it's just me and DH who ride (mostly.) As long as you can afford both, there should be no problem. PLUS, your DH may become more interested in riding him after you've put more work into him. AND, you may have a friend who wants to ride with you later on, so you'll have a riding buddy. =D
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post #6 of 6 Old 04-28-2014, 12:32 PM Thread Starter
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Yes, unless that perfect match comes along, he is staying here. My mom enjoys riding him when she comes to visit, and my heart horse, Cruiser does come up lame from time to time (arthritis). I am certainly not unhappy that the sale fell through.
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