End of a Chapter

The past few weeks back in the saddle have felt great!  I’m getting my sea legs back, and looking forward to the future.  But as I alluded to earlier, O has not exactly thrived in our training program.  The past 11 weeks have have proved that she is a lovely riding horse…and that she hates jumping.

She will go around like a perfectly broke, happy, well-adjusted mount.  But if you happen to point her at a jump she looses her marbles.  To put it simply, O has officially flunked out of the program.

We tried two trainers, several riders, the vet and of course myself being back in the saddle.  She is sound as can be, happy under saddle on the flat, but none of that matters if she hates her job.  With the combined advice of my trainer, my in-laws, husband and friends I made the heart-wrenching decision to find O a new home.  Everyone agreed, she is a great horse. But we are no longer the right match.

This is the end of a chapter with O.  I know that it’s my job as an owner and rider is to find her a place where she can be happy with her job, and I’m ready to tackle that next step.  I’m also excited in some ways to see where this leads me as a rider.  I’ll write more after I have some time to really think things through and decide how I feel.  Thanks for everyone for your kind words and ideas; I honestly appreciate it.


Such a special girl.


43 thoughts on “End of a Chapter

  1. i’m so sorry – what a disappointment, especially because she was such a cute little jumper! but any decision made in the best interest of the horse can never be wrong. good luck finding her a new home, and hope you can start getting more saddle time with something that takes to jumping more happily! 😦

  2. I’m really, really sorry that you’re going through this. But instead of saying how sorry I am (and I DO wish that it had worked out with all my heart), I’m going to stay positive and commend you on doing everything you could. You should be proud of yourself for being so strong and loving. And while this is certainly the end of a chapter, I have faith that the next one will bring happiness and joy for both you and O ❤ ❤ ❤

  3. Sad 😦 Sounds like you have an great support system in place though, and good for you for looking to make the right decision, even if it’s a hard one!

  4. So many people try to force their horses to do things they don’t really want to do and it is such a breath of fresh air to see someone make the right decision for the horse. I know it’s not the easy choice for you and I know you will seek out the best new home for her. ❤

  5. What Tracy said. You made good decisions and did everything it was in your power to do. Kudos to you for recognizing that and being willing to make hard decisions. 🙂 It’s not easy, but it sounds like the right thing for both of you.

  6. I agree with Tracy – kudos to you for trying everything you did! Someone is going to be super excited to get O – you’ve put a lot of work into her.

  7. I’m sorry it came down to this hard decision, but it sounds like it is the right one. You did all the right things, like you said, you’re just not a good match anymore. That’s ok. Good luck with the next chapter 🙂

  8. I am so sorry O will not be working out, ending a chapter in a well loved book is tough, but you came to the right decision and I don’t doubt you will find a more suitable partner.

  9. Good on your for making a smart decision for your future riding goals and your horse’s happiness (doesn’t make it easy though!). It’s supposed to be fun for both of you, parting ways sounds like the best thing at this point. Sending hugs!

  10. Having been there myself, I know how much it sucks. Even when you know you have tried everything it is always a hard decision. Hope finding her a good home goes smoothly and she can go do a job she enjoys more.

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