Thursday, July 2, 2015

This is Supposed to be Fun, Right?

Riding is supposed to be fun. We all love horses and find great enjoyment from being around them. That's why we spend thousands of dollars, and pour our blood, sweat, and tears into this sport. But what happens when its no longer fun?

Part of my silence lately has been because, for me, riding McKenna is not fun. I love her on the ground; she's sweet, cuddly and has so much personality. But under saddle she intimidates me. She's hot and bold, and at times feels like a ticking time bomb. For the most part riding her is hard work and not something I enjoy.

For the past few months I've gone back and forth about selling her. Why keep subjecting myself to something I don't like when I'm going broke doing it? And it's not fair to her to be trained by a nervous amateur who's afraid and scared. She has so much potential and I'd never tap into all of it.

So yesterday the mare was put up on DreamHorse and a few Facebook groups. A couple friends have mentioned that they know people looking, including her former owner so I'm hopeful that she'll go someplace where I can get updates on her. I am more concerned about where she goes than price. She needs a confident rider that can bring her up, not someone like myself.

I'm in no rush to sell her and will continue on as we have been till she's sold. And then the search will begin for the next pony.


  1. Well I'm sorry you are selling her but I think it's the right decision. As someone who has spent way too much time on unsuitable horses, it's Not only does it suck the joy right out but it damages your riding. Good luck with the sale!

  2. that's a tough decision to make - but you have to choose what's best for you. and yes - it IS supposed to be fun!! good luck finding the right home for McKenna - and happy hunting for your next partner!

  3. How difficult! I hope someone perfect buys her and your next mount is a more enjoyable (for you!) ride.

  4. Kudos to you for knowing yourself and your limits. We are amateurs, not professionals, at the end of the day. I have every confidence that you'll find the right home for McKenna <3