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Re: [RC] Horse Decisions/Suggestions Please - heidi sowards

You only have to answer one question.........which one do
you LIKE to ride?


--- Ed Roley <roleyed@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
My daughter is 17 and has stated she is ready to sell her
horse because she is
not riding and has little interest in riding. Her horse
is a beautiful 16H T-bred(Sadie)
which has done hunter/jumper (up to 4') stuff and has
done a handful of 25's(fast 
horse, usually 2:30 or less on 25's with daughter on
board, FW). At Lexington
last year she was 2d BC behind me but I have nearly
100lbs on her! We cannot
keep a horse which isn't being "used" so here comes the
decision. Wife says
I should sell my horse and train and ride Sadie for 25's
and 50's. My horse is 
a grade(Sawyer),15H, (no clue what kind of horse) which I
have had 6 yrs and
been doing 25's & 50's on(only 350 miles of endurance).
We finished 3rd HW 
division at Nat'l Champ 2002 ride in a race to the wire
with 2d place (guy bigger
than me on T-bred which could be Sadie's twin). I have an
emotional tie to Sawyer
but do see the advantage of riding a larger, faster
horse(would have had a shot at
2d had I been on Sadie at the end of the NC). Here is
another factor. 
I am not a "trained" rider. I got my horse, got on and
rode. Sawyer and I have
learned together about what we want to do. I have noticed
the few times I have 
been on a well trained horse (Sadie is one of them) I
tend to give them too much 
leg and they want to go! I probably will ruin Sadie in
regards to her good training
if I end up being the one on her back all the time(my
daughter learned to ride correctly).
Now all of you experts can throw your 2 cents in and help
me make a decision!
Thanks,                        Ed Roley

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[RC] Horse Decisions/Suggestions Please, Ed Roley