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To sell or not to sell. Thats the big question. WWYD? *SOLD* Update post 27

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  • To sell or not to sell. Thats the big question. WWYD? *SOLD* Update post 27

    You all know that I had Red and Spring up for sale last year and that this past year Red sold (well I don't know if I remembered to post that but she did)

    I had moved Red down close to my town to a boarding barn specifically so she could sell, shortly after I moved Spring ahead of schedule because I wasn't happy with his weight. During this time he "rediscovered" Red and turned into an ass and I told the BO that he was for sale too (insert angry sounded ranting about his assholishness). I later retracted the statement but stated "he is for sale for the right home though" No advertising or anything though, figured if one came up it did, if it didn't well it didn't.

    Well it just did and I don't know what to do.

    Me and Spring we don't exactly fit each other. He is trained in dressage and jumping. Dressage that I don't know how to ride and in which he doesn't give brownie points for efforts, and jumping where I'm too chicken shit to try. He LOVES jumping too, if there is one set up in the arena and you are riding him he has been known to force his way towards and over it, will you nill you, he only does this once during the ride and only if you aren't going over it yourself. Luckily for me this "jump" is just a raised ground pole. (I'm not the only one he has done this to)

    I like to trail ride and just putz around, I'd like to do those trail competitions or trail out to ride in some unknown wilderness.

    Spring is too tall for me, I can mount from the ground but its pretty painful on my hips and I have to let my stirrups down several inches to do so. Not exactly ideal on a trail ride. As far as competing in trail comps I cant reach the "gates" and he is scared of livestock (cows, sheep) so that kind of kills that option. On the actual trail he is calm for the most part but due to his size when we are on the narrow paths it doesn't make much for maneuverability when he does get the "OMG whats that?!" look, not to mention I get hit by everything else everyone can easily ride under.

    He is incredibly lazy, I never ride him and just have fun, every ride is work. He has the "make me" mentality. Every ride I have to make him do something whether its simply to turn and not be resistant or to do more than a shamble after warm up. He isn't as "make me" as he was when I first met him 5 years ago but its still there.

    Man that does sound like a bunch of negatives doesn't it?

    The positives.

    Spring is the "whatever" horse. I have confidence issues out in open spaces and riding faster than a slow trot. With Spring I have been able to canter lengths of the pasture without worry. I can stick ANYONE on him and go out riding in the pasture with no worry that he will do anything, he enters "trail horse" mode and dutifully follows the horse in front of him, or if you know what your doing he will do whatever the rider wants, though he will cop a tude to see if you will make him.

    If I have a psych out moment he doesn't care he will continue on or slow down til I finish it and we can continue on. He has done a lot for me in the last 3 years that I've owned him and especially since I moved him down here confidence wise.

    I know the woman who made the offer to buy him. She currently boards 2 horses at the barn I'm at, Spring wouldn't go anywhere at all he'd stay in the stall he is in now. Her horses are well cared for and pampered. She really wants to learn dressage on him and I cant deny that he has the training I just don't know how to ride it and its not my primary interest.

    If I did sell I would want to bring my pony Poco down to the barn which would be a fight and a half with my family who doesn't want to see her leave the property, they want me to buy another horse. How ever if I did sell Spring I don't want to start horse shopping right away, I would want to save for a horse that really meets my wants and needs. If I did I would probably go "I'm moving Poco down for the winter so we don't have to buy hay" and just well not moving her back.

    His prev owner is OK with it, especially since he would be staying where I am and he may be shown as well which is something she has always wanted.

    I just don't really know, I am so on the fence about it I have a wedgie. WWYD?
    Last edited by Kitari; Aug. 27, 2012, 12:22 PM.
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  • #2
    it sounds to me that Spring is not the right horse for you, and maybe you should sell him. Bring your pony and have fun!


    • #3
      It doesn't sound like you're too "In Love" with Spring although he sounds like a pretty good joe. Maybe time to sell him and move on.
      "There is no fundamental difference between man and animals in their ability to feel pleasure and pain, happiness, and misery." - Charles Darwin


      • Original Poster

        Forgot to add, Spring is in his late teens too. If I remember right 17 this year. So if I don't sell the odds of me getting as good an offer are pretty slim

        Nezzy you must not have seen my old posts about Poco! She is a nut and a half, the complete opposite of Spring, Nutty, high strung, no one else can ride her unless they know how to ride and sign a waver, and will leave you to die and fend for herself in a heart beat.

        BUT she is always my first choice when trail riding, she will go up, over, under, around, or through anything you point her at. She is half goat and you better hang on. Plus she is cute as a button.

        ETA (She is 18 going on 19 this year)
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        • #5
          I would sell Spring and bring Poco to the barn if I were you.

          It's obvious from the way you talk about them (here and elsewhere) that Spring isn't the horse that makes your heart go pitter-pat and honestly? For someone who wants a horse to just have fun on (you know, you're not doing serious showing and you're not a professional)...that's huge.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by analise View Post
            It's obvious from the way you talk about them (here and elsewhere) that Spring isn't the horse that makes your heart go pitter-pat
            Every horse deserves to be owned by someone whose heart does go pitter-pat over them. Maybe this is Spring's chance.
            "The captive bolt is not a proper tool for slaughter of equids they regain consciousness 30 seconds after being struck fully aware they are being vivisected." Dr Friedlander DVM & frmr Chief USDA Insp


            • #7
              Originally posted by ptownevt View Post
              Every horse deserves to be owned by someone whose heart does go pitter-pat over them. Maybe this is Spring's chance.
              Agreed! You're not going to be the person for every horse nor every horse the horse for you. I'm firm in the sell him troop.


              • #8
                I'd go with your gut and sell. He sounds like a great horse but not the right one for you. There are plenty of horses out there that would love to do what you enjoy!


                • Original Poster

                  I don't know I guess I'm feeling guilty over it? Red was easy IMO I had the obligatory sad stage that lasted a day or two then it was gone and i was happy she was gone, she was a good little mare (and her new owners LOVE her) but she wasn't for me.

                  I don't know if I feel reluctant because of the BBG syndrome that's like the BBS syndrome (Big Black Gelding/Stallion syndrome) When I first met him I WANTED him. I wanted him bad but never expected to get him. And then as I knew him and rode him then owned him its like I lost my BBG glasses, yea I like him but he wasn't/isn't my shining star either.

                  Then there is the prev owner issue. Spring is 100% mine through and through and I've kept her updated these past 3 years that I've had him. She is fine if he sells and trusts my judgment on the matter, said that she knew that me having him was most likely a long term temporary thing that she knew I would take my time and find him a good home. I mean hell last year I sold him then gave a 100% full refund to get him back when things didn't work out instead of going "too bad so sad."
                  Did you know, today is yesterdays tomorrow and what you would leave for tomorrow you should do today?
                  I am pro-Slaughter


                  • #10
                    Why are you dithering? You have a great offer from a proven owner who will give the horse the sort of riding he needs and keep him at the barn so you can visit him whenever. Plus, you already have a pony who loves to do your favorite thing and you love doing it on him. Don't torture yourself. Go for it. If it doesn't work out you've already proven you can take care of that, too. My old coach used to say, "It's raining silver dollars and you've got your bowl bottom up." Go for it,girl. Catch some good vibes and fun while you can.


                    • #11
                      Great offer for a good home on a rapidly aging horse don't come around very often. I would sell.


                      • Original Poster

                        I think I've made up my mind to sell. I told them I would have an answer by Saturday to give myself a bit more thinking time if needed. Lady is out of town anyway so there really is no rush.

                        I guess the decision came by when I rode yesterday on a trail ride and he completely gave me the middle finger on just about everything I asked him to do from going away from the other horses to going faster than a walk. Not that he pitched a fit or anything. I guess I was hoping for a sparkley majikal ride to happen and I got a reality check instead.

                        So if the sale goes through, I will be moving Poco around September/October (when the sale will officially take place) If it doesn't go through and not because of me, then that's OK too. Spring may not be all the fun to ride on a trail and really be frustrating at times, but he still has stuff he can teach me ring wise.
                        Did you know, today is yesterdays tomorrow and what you would leave for tomorrow you should do today?
                        I am pro-Slaughter


                        • Original Poster

                          We are scheduling a time for her to ride him a bit. We want to make sure they fit. Nothing like taking time to do things right, right?
                          Did you know, today is yesterdays tomorrow and what you would leave for tomorrow you should do today?
                          I am pro-Slaughter


                          • #14
                            Honestly, it sounds like you have the best possible situation happening--an unsolicited offer on an older horse, who from your description, is pretty great but not great for YOU. He'll stay where you can keep an eye on him and give him some carrots every once in a while, and he'll get to use his skills and talents and teach a rider who wants to learn what he has to give. You can bring your pony down and have fun doing what YOU want to do.

                            Sounds like a win-win for everyone involved...fingers crossed that the test ride goes well.


                            • Original Poster

                              I'm crossing them too. I mean like I said if it doesn't work out, that's cool too its not like I need to sell or anything. And if it does I am already doing research on potential breeds for later on. And as far as I know none of them get much above 15hh
                              Did you know, today is yesterdays tomorrow and what you would leave for tomorrow you should do today?
                              I am pro-Slaughter


                              • #16

                                I agree that this sounds like a perfect opportunity for both you AND Spring, one that may not come knocking again.
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                                • Original Poster

                                  The weather isn't really cooperating with us lately. Don't get me wrong we *need* the rain but it is making the arena one big mud pit (Its just a section of tilled pasture) and its slick when its a mud pit!

                                  Talked to her a bit more yesterday, the primary thing about the ride is for her husband to be able to ride as she and her daughter already have their own two themselves and they want him to have "his" horse. If that's the case then there wont be a problem at all. If there is one thing Spring is good at its packing unsure, unbalanced, beginner riders around.

                                  Hoping the weather clears up soon for the arena to dry.
                                  Did you know, today is yesterdays tomorrow and what you would leave for tomorrow you should do today?
                                  I am pro-Slaughter


                                  • #18
                                    Spring deserves to be happy too. He's done his job for you and put his wants on the back burner for yours. Now you have the opportunity to say thank you to him and sell him.
                                    chaque pas est fait ensemble


                                    • #19
                                      I'd sell. Yesterday.
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                                      • Original Poster

                                        We have our test ride scheduled for Next weekend. Crossing fingers in advance!
                                        Did you know, today is yesterdays tomorrow and what you would leave for tomorrow you should do today?
                                        I am pro-Slaughter