Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Oh Vegas

Nuzzles from yearling Vegas
Something that weighs on my mind a lot is the cost and maintenance of four horses. It has been doable for us and still is, but I feel like maybe it would be easier with one or two less. And that makes me so sad because I love them all so much. Bacon is not going anywhere, because we have a partnership that I cannot explain. Lucy was gifted to us, as she was one of Blake's relatives horses, and happened to have passed away while on a cattle drive with Lucy due to an aneurysm. Blake's great grandma asked if we could take her, and with Blake needing a horse more appropriately sized for him, it was a great option. Pandora has been Blake's little creature and great for any kids to come and ride. And that leaves Vegas.
Our very first show (my third, last one was 6 years before that). I was a little excited and nerdy looking.
There is a lot to love about Vegas. She is beautiful, sound, has competed and is a very easy horse to care for. She has great feet, and generally goes straight to work, after many a battle when she was a youngster. Why would we want to sell her?
Before I went to see her for the first time.
The first day she came home.
I feel like she is a great horse. A wonderful horse. She doesn't really care if she is in work or not, but I feel pretty bad when I see her mostly sitting around. I know she doesn't care, but I do. I poured a lot of sweat and tears into her and brought her up from a 9 month old after losing Booger. She never had that partnership that Booger and I had, or that Bacon and I have, but that's ok. But I wonder if someone else would.
One of our first rides.
It kills me to think about selling this friend of mine. We have quite the past, and we had some fun when we dabbled in all around schooling shows. We even won some stuff, including a bad ass neck ribbon. I was the first person to sit on her. I installed her buttons and did our training. I watched her grow up and mature. I am sad to think that I may never know what her ending will be. Will she be well fed and cared for? Will she be treated right? I have never sold a horse and that is one of my biggest worries.
Showing trail. We either did great or very poorly.
Kisses after winning all around reserve walk/trot champs
So, here I am. My stomach twists and turns daily while I think about selling my unicorn. I have this feeling that it is the right thing to do. No matter how much I hate it or how sad it makes me. I may be sobbing as I write this post. I don't even know how I would sell her, as I sob and explain to the possible buyer how great she is. But we could be 3 Mares. A little More Money. And possibly a happier pony.
Sigh.

30 comments:

  1. Ugh what a hard decision to have to make! But I know you'll do the best thing for you, and for Vegas! She is a cutie and I'm sure whoever you sell her to will love her lots.

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    1. They better or I will hunt them down and kick their ass.

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  2. The best you can do is to make sure Vegas has the education she needs to fulfill someone else's dreams (it sounds like she does!), and ask for references. So sorry to hear you're considering selling one of your girls, but you have to do what's best for everyone.

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    1. It is crushing me a little inside, but I know it is for the best.

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  3. If only I was closer because let me tell you, I'd snag her up! I know you'll do the best thing for her. It's so hard making these decisions :(

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    1. She would love you and Red! Bonus: there's no buck in this creature under saddle ;)

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  4. She is such a pretty girl--could be someone's magical dream pony. :-) Hard decisions to make, for sure.

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  5. Hard decision, but don't be afraid of selling a horse. There are so many more "good" stories than horror stories, and she could go on to make someone VERY happy.

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    1. I know, I keep trying to tell myself that. And I will probably feel better about it after I sell one for the first time. But Lauren, SO HARD.

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  6. she's such an awesome horse - i can definitely see how torn you must feel!

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    1. You like long manes right? Come and get her!

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  7. I've never sold a horse either, so I have no advice for you. But all the fears you mentioned are ones that I've had as well.

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  8. I've sold horses before. I wasn't very emotionally connected to the previous ones, but I love Dijon and I'm selling him. I think she'd probably find a great home. She's sound and rideable. Not all sale stories are bad; the vast majority are good. She could make someone somewhere very happy. And you can always do a buy-back agreement.

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    1. Your buying and selling processes are what make me a little nervous :) freaking crazy ass people out there!

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  9. The nice thing about great horses like Vegas is that someone will totally love her, and she would do good by them and in turn they by her. I'm sure she would find an absolutely fabulous home who would stay in touch with you.

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  10. It's so hard to sell horses, but it sounds like you're putting a lot of thought into this. I know you'll make the right decision.

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    1. I've thought about it for a year or so. I think I am finally realizing my limits and what is best for her.

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  11. It is tough to sell, but sometimes, it IS whats best after all the thinking. She might be happier with a full time job, being a 4H horse or someones trail buddy. You can always write it in the bill of sale to get updates! I "try" to sell to people I know, which makes it easier to keep track. I've only lost touch with my 2 mini's I've sold, everyone else I'm friends with on FB and get updates! I think trusting your gut on this one will make it easier, and knowing YOU made her amazing!

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    1. If I give them the saddest eyes ever, maybe they will stay in touch with me.

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  12. Selling is never easy, but she is a nice safe horse and I worry less about selling those than the problem ones, much less likely to slip through the cracks. Maybe her purpose for you was to heal the broken heart booger left and be the most incredible wedding photo horse ever, maybe she has another purpose now, maybe there is another broken heart out there that she can heal. I don't have the answers, but I will bring you pie and cool whip.

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  13. Shes my dream horse. I always wanted a palomino paint. If I had the money I'd immediately bring her up to Emmett. I'm sure she will find her person <3

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    1. Her person better be the best person ever!

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  14. Big hugs! Selling is hard to do, but it sounds like it is the best option for both of you. She sounds like a great horse, so finding her a great home should be easy.

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    1. Thank you for the hugs, I will take them.

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  15. Selling is a tough decision - I wonder if you could lease her out first?

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    1. That's also something I am thinking about. We shall see!

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