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    Default I'm Back... and with a Hard Decision.

    I've had an idea floating around in my head for a while...

    I'd really like to get a dog to show/get into showing. Of course, it wouldn't happen for a while until Lacey is well mannered and trained and has matured a bit, but in the next couple of years.

    Heres the thing...

    To get a show dog, I would have to sell Romeo, my pony. I've just gotten a new horse on lease for this season with option to keep him, and he's great. But with Romeo, we clash when he is under saddle, so he doesn't get ridden very often, but he is a killer in the show ring in the halter classes and would make a fantastic harness pony. SO, I have a tough decision to make... keep Romeo, and not get into showing dogs... or sell my pony of almost four years and get a show dog. Romeo doesn't get ridden often, but we are really attached to each other. He has real potential as a jumper too, and I don't like to jump. I would miss him like crazy if he were gone, and I would worry about him in the hands of someone else. But if I got a show dog, I just wouldn't have time for Boy my new horse, Lacey, Romeo AND the show dog. I just wouldn't be able to do it, and one would suffer, and my schoolwork would.

    There is also the problem of Mum... She just doesn't see the attraction of showing dogs. She can't see why I would give up a horse for a dog, and she isn't interested in dogs like I am, and thats fine. BUT I did pay for Romeo myself, and what I do with him is my decision, so if I chose to sell Romeo for a dog, she doesn't mind. I'm going to be stuck for time showing Romeo AND Boy already this season... But dog shows are almost all year round and during the horse show season I just wouldn't show the dog, or I would only show when I didn't have horse shows to prep for.

    I'm guessing this is all really confusing, basically its just thoughts out there and flying around... But what I want to know is, what would you do?

    Things that I do know are:
    I don't want to ride Romeo. I just don't enjoy it when we are constantly fighting, and anyway, he is a bit too 'hot' for my liking.
    I really want to get into dog showing.
    I don't have time for two horses and two dogs, and for them to all get a fair amount of love and attention.
    Romeo would be an amazing harness pony, but I'm not interested in carriage driving. I've tried it once, and its nice for a while, but it gets boring. So Mum would use him if I kept him and trained him for harness.
    Romeo is like my best friend, so of course I don't want to sell him, but he's not going to any use. And he loves to jump, and he won't ever do that with me. And he loves to work, but he won't get that wuth me, especially now that I have a new horse to work. He gets jealous that when Boy and Kosmo gets taken out of the paddock, and throws a tantrum.

    I guess I already know what I should do, for Romeos sake, But I would miss him heaps! And its my heart thats kept him with me for so long already, I've had this battle with myself many times before. I just wanna cry when I think about selling Romeo, about never seeing him agai

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    Could u lease Romeo to someone. Maybe with option to buy later down the track when u feel u are ready.

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    Leasing is out of the question. We've been burned before, when we leased a horse out and he came back malnourished and virtually impossible to ride. It would be fine if we could guarantee his safety, but... I'm not willing to take the risk.

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    I don't think I could sell a much loved for another, especially just so I could get into a certain activity. Just my opinion, of course. Is there a reason you cannot wait until you're out of school and have more time?

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    It's not that so much, it's more that Romeo isn't getting what he needs here. I wouldn't give up one for another is Romeo was getting what he needed and was happy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brittany View Post
    Leasing is out of the question. We've been burned before, when we leased a horse out and he came back malnourished and virtually impossible to ride. It would be fine if we could guarantee his safety, but... I'm not willing to take the risk.
    but you run the same risk of that with leasing or selling. would it not be better to lease where you know and can keep an eye on him and his new "owner"?
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    I agree with Kaz Tarja

    You could lease on a 6 month trial before buy with you having the right to check up and reclaim horse if it's not working out (ie he starts getting skinny). You can't do that if you sell him. Whatever you do, write out what you want to happen and under what conditions they can keep the horse and what conditions you would reclaim him. And write out when you sell him and that you received payment. If you want, you can put a guarantee on that, ie if they don't want him for whatever reason you would take him back (rather than have him go to the knackers), but you would not refund the purchase price (or only whatever the going rate at the knackers is eg $100).

    If you sell him, you don't have any say in how he's treated in the future.

    I imagine keeping a dog would be slightly cheaper than keeping a horse. But both are long term propositions - what are you going to do if you want to move out of home? I'd want my mum to be willing to look after whatever pet if I went to the city to study etc. And who is going to drive you around to all the shows? And pay for the fuel and accessories (crates, grooming tools etc).

    If you're still living at home off your parent's funds you really do need to take their wishes into account.

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    Brittany is a teen, living at home.

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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    HI Brit,

    I too would be one to consider leasing before selling and yes,I've also been burned before but you need to remember that not everyone has been brushed with that broad stroke.

    If you do end up considering leasing,please do contact me as I would be certainly interested.
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    I have decided to sell Romeo, its best for him to get to do what he loves to do.

    Still going to work out how I'm going to do this...

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