To sell or not to sell - That is the really hard question. - The Horse Forum
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post #1 of 8 Old 07-22-2013, 03:14 PM Thread Starter
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To sell or not to sell - That is the really hard question.

Hey, guys.

So I'm stuck and I don't know what to do.

Many of you know Sunny, my 5YO TB that I have had since she was a yearling. I love this little mare to death.

The problem that has arisen is my newly hectic schedule. I recently got a job, which is great. What sucks is that I now don't have any time to go see her. Today was the first time I have seen her in two weeks, which is the longest I have EVER gone without seeing her.

To make matters worse, I am also a student. I will start back classes in a few weeks, which will tie up my schedule even more. I have three more years of school, and after that my job will take up almost 100% of my time.

I just don't know that either of us will benefit from me keeping her. She is young, so she needs constant work to keep up and maintain her training. It's an injustice to only ride her every few weeks, if that, when each ride ends up being a training tune-up and nothing else.

On the other hand, I love this horse. She is my baby. I have watched her grow and develop into the awesome mare that she is. I know all of her quirks and her personality and... I don't know. I love her.

Is it worth it to pay for her upkeep when I will hardly ever see her? Is it fair to her? To me? Sigh. I don't know.

Does anyone have any advice to help me see the situation more clearly?

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post #2 of 8 Old 07-22-2013, 03:22 PM
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that's a question only you can answer. If you see your schedule freeing up enough in the foreseeable future, It may be worth finding her a nice place to pasture board with good care and just waiting it out until your life settles down.

on the other hand, if all you can see is being insanely busy with no horse time and no change in the coming years, it might be best to sell her.
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The question of whether it is worth it can only be answered by you. The question of whether it is fair is going to depend on the horse. Many, if not most, horses would be perfectly content hanging out in a field all day with a few buddies. Some horses do seem to thrive on having work to do. What kind of horse is Sunny in that regard?

If you decide to keep her, is arranging a part or full lease with someone an option? You say that your job after school will take up a ton of time, is that going to be a short term business or a long term? If you can't see your way clear to ever having enough time to enjoy your horse, then the question becomes, is it worth it to you to pay for her upkeep solely for the knowledge that she is well cared for and you can go out and ride her once in a blue moon?
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post #4 of 8 Old 07-22-2013, 03:28 PM Thread Starter
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She is very happy just hanging in the pasture. Definitely no protests there.

I'm hoping I will always have a job through the rest of college and then my full-time job after that.

I just don't know if it's worth it.... That's where my problem lies.

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post #5 of 8 Old 07-22-2013, 03:39 PM
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I can't tell you if it's worth it for you but for me, I have 2 that no matter what, will never be sold. They are my babies. If I had to, I'd go out and get an outside job simply so I could continue to keep them. They wouldn't care if I never rode again, but they do love when I can groom and give them attention. They're perfectly happy to much and cruise around with their friends on pasture but when they see or hear me, they come running. So, for me, it's worth it.

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I don't think anyone is going to look down on you for making the decision either way. Horses take time; we all know that. And if you don't have the time, it's perfectly acceptable to sell her to someone who does have the time. But if you've got the finances to keep her and you want to keep her, exactly, she's not going to protest eating grass 24/7 uninterrupted.

Give yourself some time to think about it. Obviously if you sell her, it's gotta be the right choice. But only YOU can make that choice!

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post #7 of 8 Old 07-22-2013, 03:50 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you all.

The more I think about it, the less I want to sell her. I think I was just really upset after I saw her today.

It felt good to get my feelings off my chest.

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post #8 of 8 Old 07-22-2013, 05:31 PM
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As the others have said, horses are generally perfectly happy living in the paddock, never being ridden, and that's all fine as long as they're still cared for.

So the only question is if it's fair to you, and if it's worth it to you. Which no one else can answer.

Could you do some sort of half lease with someone, to take off half your costs and keep her a little in work? Maybe then you wouldn't feel as concerned about the whole thing.
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