Horses are our best friends and it’s hard to think of a time without our first horse, the one who taught us all we know , the one who was mean but we got through it , the one that shows affection through a way that warms your heart and makes you forget everything else. It’s hard to think that you will part with them, and never see them again. They taught you so much and you think they’ll hate you for it or become depressed but it won’t be as traumatic to them as it would be to us. It’s hard to think of another person taking care of your baby and the fear haunts you that they will mistreat your horse and you would never know. But, instead of thinking of all the bad, depressing things that could happen. Think of why you’re doing it and that you had concluded to this decision because it was the very best choice for both you and them. The horse will forgive you. I promise. But you need to forgive yourself because you’re not doing anything wrong. For example, my whole life I have wanted to barrel race and rodeo and pole bend, but when I rescued my horse in 2015, I was so in love with him, that i didn't think about my dreams. He is strictly a trail horse. After going through the struggles of everything, from biting and bucking, to lameness, we experienced everything together... and i mean everything. So we built this unbreakable bond. And of course the one thing he does not like to do, is barrel racing. He loves to dead run on a trail or in an open field, and he’s quite fast for his 14.2-3hh size, but he just won’t do the barrels. And it’s hard for me because it’s my dream. But i’ve come to the realization that, yes I love trails, but I also love barrels and he doesn’t, so instead of forcing him to do it and make him unhappy, I could give someone else the chance of enjoying all the things i did with him and trail ride everywhere. He has great stamina and he just wants to go all the time. I also want a big quarter horse because i’m 5’7.5” and still growing (I have a very tall family) and he’s a shortback, short quarter paso fino mix. I love him with all my heart, he's my best friend, and he’s my first official horse so it hurts my heart to sell him. Now I know that all I want is for him and I, both to be happy. And if I can do something to accomplish that, then I will. Selling them is hard, i’m not saying it isn’t, but it’s how you look at the situation. Don’t think you’re replacing them or feel selfish. If you sell them because it’s the right thing to do, then that makes you selfless and thoughtful. If we show the horse we love them and they taught us so much, and now we’re looking for more, wouldn’t you want someone to learn all the things you did and feel the happiness and love you feel with the horse, rather than letting that knowledge and experience go to waste?
Author: Kaylee Sutton
~ “I have seen things so beautiful they have brought tears to my eyes.
Yet none of them can match the gracefulness and beauty of a horse running free."