I've been doing lots of soul-searching lately, wondering what to do next with my filly, Libby. Anyone who's followed this journal for the past year knows how much pleasure I've derived from training her. She's affectionate, gentle, and has a strong desire to please. She stands when I mount and dismount. I've ridden her a few times, and she seems to be fine with that.
But (you knew there'd be a "but", didn't you?) I am not really fearless enough to do a good job of breaking a horse. For instance, when something spooks Libby and she acts like she wants to run away, I don't have the courage to stay on her and ride it out. I immediately dismount; that isn't how you go about breaking a young horse.
I've mentioned several times to Cliff that perhaps I'd be better off selling Libby and buying another horse that's already broke to ride. Horses are so cheap right now, you can get a sound, well-broke horse for under $400. Sometimes even as little as $200. Which means I wouldn't get much for Libby if I sold her, but then I don't have a lot invested in her, either.
On the other hand, Libby is so gentle and willing to learn, I'll bet that if I paid a trainer $400 for a month of work, that would get her to the point where I wouldn't be afraid to ride her.
What's really funny is that when I mention possibly selling her, Cliff objects every time. He's no horse-person, but he can't help loving Libby; she's that sweet.
So I guess I'll start checking around for a reliable, trustworthy person to make my sweet little filly a dependable, safe ride.
Wish me luck!
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