Keep Them For Life, or Train and Re-sell?
This is more of a rambling inspired by my current restlessness and boredom, but I would love some out side opinions. I board, and have no way to afford a place to keep my horses where I can live as well, so I have to keep horses to a minimum, 2 is comfortable, three is pushing it. I also work full time and have a half hour drive to the barn, so I just really have time to ride two, and maybe squeeze some ground work in on a third.
I grew up riding draft crosses, and loving their size and sturdiness. Then, when I was 15 I used my life savings(and started working evenings and weekends) to rescue a neglected and abused filly, welsh/tb. I broke her out as a three year old, and around that time was given a weanling qh filly. I sold the welsh cross as a kids jumping prospect, as I felt she was too small, and I wanted a challenge. The I bought a warmblood x tb colt when he was a couple days old. that was the first horse I ever thought I would keep for his whole life. I lost him as a yearling in a freak accident, and spent the next several years looking to replace him, which I never have. I've owned qh, appy, warmblood crosses, ottb's, saddlebred x paint, arab, arabx paint, a mustang, clydsdale and now my current appy filly and arab mare. I typically bought babies, untouched or problem horses that had no where else to go, then trained them either to have great ground manners, ready to start, or just started(or restarted) them myself, then sold them to great homes.
through all of this I have learned that I love working with babies and I really enjoy the training side of things, while at the same time I enjoy having a really well broke horse to fall back on. I have always wanted to have a saddle horse for myself, and a horse visitors can get on that is beginner safe.
Which brings us to the present. I haven't bought a horse in a year and a half, which I think is a record for me. I have my arab, who is lovely and broke, and due to circumstances is bred to a thoroughbred stallion for a 2014 foal. She is everything I want, with one exception; her size. she is small, barely hits 15hh and is narrow. she also has a short neck. I joke all the time that she is like riding the wrong side of a 2x4, and flexible enough to be a noodle. In other words, a pretty typical arab. I have put hundreds of miles on her, and I still wish she had a bigger rib cage, I keep reverting to my old comfort zone of how lovely it was to ride a nice, big horse. I also have Pickles, who promises to break out into a nice little horse, with a bigger barrel than Pretzl. But to be honest, I still think about selling one and buying something new to work on. I'm really excited for pretzles baby, and it **should** be taller, with a bigger rib cage and longer neck.
I should just be happy that I have two great horses that are suited to what I want, but I keep thinking about picking up a new project, or picking up a draft cross foal to play with.
does anyone else do this?