Lots of people have been asking me that question. And I get it. Horses and riding have been a part of my life for so long that it can’t all stop now, just because I lost the best horse I’ve ever had (still sad and lamenting, sorry.)
And no, it’s not going to end now. When I got the news about Georgie, and began to process it, I realized I had a few options.
- Breed Georgie
- Look into leasing another horse.
- Look into purchasing a greenie or youngster
There are obviously pros and cons to each of these. You’ll notice that Number 4: Purchase a going horse, is absent from the list. I wasn’t actually expecting to have to spend money on a new horse, so my budget is not going to support throwing down a lot of cash on a my new equine friend.
A couple of people suggested breeding Georgie. Both of these people are experienced horse breeders. They’ve had great experiences with it and truth been told, I’ve been thinking about breeding Georgie (with her owner’s permission) for a little while now. It was something I always had in the back of my mind. But now that I have a perfectly good excuse to actually do it, I don’t want to.
I’m not going to get into all the reasons for this, because I think breeding is a very personal decision, but what it ultimately comes down to, is that I am not a horse breeder. It’s as simple as that. (Sort of.)
Option 2 was very appealing in the hopes that I could still compete this season. But, I am kind of ready to start a new partnership with a horse that has no rules or stipulations attached. It’d be really nice to be able to make all the decisions for my next horse without needing the permission of someone else.
So, that leaves me with Option #3. A youngster is appealing to me as I have never started a horse and I’m not getting any younger, but I feel like I now have the tools (and friends) to make this an ok idea. Starting a relationship from scratch, with no baggage, is appealing to me. I’ll probably start looking at youngsters and see what might fit the bill, and whether I am really ready to start this new chapter.
Quite unexpectedly, people have been offering me their horses to ride in the meantime. As someone who didn’t really let anyone ride Georgie, I find it incredibly kind that people would let me ride their horses.
There is one horse in particular that I have begun to ride and she and I may have a future together. I’ll get into this in my next post, but I’m excited about this new partnership and where it may take us!