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