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post #11 of 15 Old 02-16-2015, 12:38 AM
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Sounds like it was the right decision to sell Midnight. I do hope however, that she went to a loving home where they can continue her training.

As for your new horse, Hunter. I hope she is better suited for your riding abilities. Have fun with her.
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post #12 of 15 Old 02-16-2015, 10:11 AM
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Have you considered leasing instead of full ownership? In a lease situation, your parents don't need to ask that you sell your horse. The financial burden is less, and the owner is still ultimately responsible for the wellbeing of a living creature. Remember horses are not disposable. There are plenty of older, safe horses for young riders to get experience on available for lease.
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post #13 of 15 Old 02-16-2015, 03:55 PM
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Best of luck with Hunter!
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post #14 of 15 Old 02-16-2015, 06:13 PM
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I know we're all worried about her and stuff, but I'm sure there are many of us that dove into horse ownership with half the knowledge we should have known. I'm one of them. Now while I got a good horse that taught me a lot, I improved with lessons and I'm sure Trusty will be okay with an older, good horse and some lessons.
I am one of those who went into horse ownership without a lot of knowledge. i knew a lot about actually caring for horses, and my family raised beef cattle so we were experienced in livestock, however I knew very little about riding.

HOWEVER, I enlisted the aid of an experienced horseperson when I was horse shopping, and that same horseperson took us in on a 2 week "horse boot camp" to work with both of us when we (predictably) began having problems.

I have owned several horses since that first pony (who died of old age on my family's farm many, many years later). The first time I ever actually sold a horse was this year... after 24 years of horse ownership.

I don't necessarily feel people are upset because the OP has little experience, but rather that she continues to buy/acquire unsuitable horses and then sell them to move on to the next. This is not a knock on selling horses, but there is a responsible way of doing it.

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post #15 of 15 Old 02-16-2015, 08:03 PM
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I really think you and your family need to reconsider horse ownership. Horses are expensive animals and it doesn't sound like you have the money to properly care. You may even need instruction on the most well broke horse. Even the most healthy horse can have health problems too! It doesn't seem like an ideal situation for you AND it doesn't seem fair for the horse.

Why not lease? You can still ride and care for a horse but not be obligated to pay for vet, farrier or other misc stuff that pops of financially.
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