When Should you Think of Selling Your Horse?
Besides times of emergency and lack of means to properly care for a horse, when should you think of selling your horse? And as the title questions, can you improve horse health by selling in some situations?
Top 2 Reasons to Think of Selling Your Horse
- For your safety or the horse is too much for you to handle
- Purpose and goals don't match- whether it is your's or the horse's
If your horse is not safe to be around or is beyond what you can handle of course it is in your and the horse's best interest to re-home for the health, wellness, and sanity of you both.
But the second reason listed above can sometimes be overlooked and even downplayed, but can have negative effects on horse health and the owner's horsemanship or desire to have horses!
Often there are two common mismatches with purpose and goals-
- The horse has more drive or purpose then the person, or the horse has more ambition then the job or discipline it is chosen for. Which can result in displaced behavior during sessions or even during times when in a pen or pasture. The unused energy can turn into stable vices, aggression, nervousness, etc. These destructive patterns can lead to health concerns such as ulcers, colic, or other injury.
- The human has more drive or purpose then the horse. This can lead to the same behaviors and tendencies as listed above that can negatively effect horse health, but I want to note that there is also the effect on the owner/rider. The frustration and discord can cause horse sessions and time to no longer be enjoyable.
Next Steps to Know if Selling Your Horse is the Right Thing to do?
Consult with a horse profession you trust to help you determine if you need to improve your horsemanship skills or if the horse is not a fit for your needs, or possibly you don't fit the horse's needs. I would recommend one who has a good understanding of horse behavior and psychology. If you decide that selling you horse is the best option and it is not an emergency, take your time and wait for the right fit to come along for your horse. Find peace in knowing there was a positive purpose for your horsemanship goals or even the horse's health in finding them a new home!
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