Your horse is your partner and your friend, but sometimes it's necessary to sell your horse, as difficult of a decision that may be. If you're considering selling your horse but aren't sure if it's quite the right time, then check out these five signs that may indicate it's time to move on.
Your Horse Is Too Much for You
If your horse is too much for you, then selling him is a logical answer to that issue. Working with a skilled trainer or even sending your horse off for training may make him more manageable, but if your horse is truly too much for you to handle, both you and he will likely be happier if you find him a new home.
For more information on this topic, check out our popular article 5 Signs That A Horse Might Be Too Much For You.
You've Outgrown Your Horse
Riders can outgrow their horses in different ways. You may physically outgrow your horse, which is easy to see and which clearly means that it's time for you to move on. But you can also outgrow your horse in terms of activity and in competition levels. If your horse is older but you're an up-and-coming rider, you may need a younger horse to keep up with you. And if your focus is on competition, your horse may have topped out at a particular level, while you still want to advance.
If you're wondering if you have outgrown your horse, this article might be a good resource for you.
You're Headed in a Different Direction
If you decide to change disciplines or make another significant change in your riding, the horse that was once suitable may no longer be suitable for you. While some horses make discipline changes successfully, others don't, meaning that it may be time to sell.
Sometimes, horses do thing that scare us, or we discover our horses have particular behaviors which scare us. Fear can quickly take over your enjoyment of riding. If you're dealing with fear, there are many horses which can help to boost your confidence. However, if your horse is one which picks up on your fear, he may actually make the issue worse. You may want to consider selling him and looking for a confidence-building horse, especially if you're fighting fear that's the result of a significant injury.
You're Just Not the Right Match
Sometimes, horse and rider pairs just aren't meant to be. There's nothing wrong with that, and by selling your horse you're giving him a chance to find a great home. You're also allowing yourself to find a new horse who is a great match for you.
Sometimes it's just time to sell your horse. Don't let others question your decision, and do your best to find your horse a great new home.
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