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post #1 of 6 Old 06-05-2013, 02:10 PM Thread Starter
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Feeling bad about selling my first horse?

Well, me and my dad are thinking about selling Zanzibar. Zanzibar is my first horse, and I feel like we have a close connection, and it hurts to think about selling him.
We don't have time to ride him as much as we used to, and so we have to sell him. I feel bad to think about selling him, how do I make myself feel better?
I love him to bits and pieces.

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post #2 of 6 Old 06-05-2013, 03:04 PM
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You find him a home where people will love him as much as you do and will give him the time he deserves. It's always hard letting them go, and I'm not sure that ever really changes when you've had a great connection with one.

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Is there not another horse you could sell instead that you're not as attached to?

If anything, you can try keeping in touch with the new owners so you can occasionally check in to see how he's doing or something. When I bought my filly I kept in touch with her breeders until they disappeared off the planet and their number was disconnected. I just gave away the filly (now almost 4 years old) in March. I loved her so much. Hell, I raised her from when she was 8 months old. I gave her to my uncle though so I can see her every so often and check how she's doing.
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Is there not another horse you could sell instead that you're not as attached to?

If anything, you can try keeping in touch with the new owners so you can occasionally check in to see how he's doing or something. When I bought my filly I kept in touch with her breeders until they disappeared off the planet and their number was disconnected. I just gave away the filly (now almost 4 years old) in March. I loved her so much. Hell, I raised her from when she was 8 months old. I gave her to my uncle though so I can see her every so often and check how she's doing.
I just told that to my parents. I'm going to keep in touch, and if the new owners let me, take a visit to see him.
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post #5 of 6 Old 06-05-2013, 04:24 PM
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Its always difficult to sell a beloved horse. All you can do is find the best home for him. It will take time to heal, but knowing you found him a loving home helps a lot.

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post #6 of 6 Old 06-06-2013, 04:13 AM
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Selling a horse can certainly be tough, but if its the right decision you will feel better once its done.
I just sold a very talented horse that could have easily continued to progress up the levels with me. But, work commitments have to come first at the moment, and when I received an offer that has nearly given me my house deposit, I couldn't justify keeping him.
Remember that although you love him and will miss him, he will not worry about leaving you, he will not think that you have abandoned him or any other 'human emotions' that we place on our horses. My boy settled within the first day of being in his new home and is already entered in his first competition with her - he certainly doesn't miss me like I miss him.
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