I’m looking for advice to whether to sell my young horse. Background info: I have 2 young horses a 5yr old and a 4yr old, the 4 year old is the one I’m debating with selling. The 4 yr old is unstarted - because he’s almost 17 hands and I wanted to give him a bit extra time, and I’ve just been too busy - but has a amazing ammy friendly personality, and has done lots of groundwork, he’s probably ready to be hoped on anytime. I’ve had him since he was a yearling and do adore him, but I think my 5 yr old is more suitable for me long term. I was planning on keeping them both long term as I’m not interested in cycling through project horses anymore. But, long story short, I’ve realized that keeping them both is more expensive then I’d like (I know, I know horses are expensive!) and I’ve been thinking that with only one horse I would have more freedom both monetarily and time wise. I’m close to finishing my BA and I’m thinking about applying for a Masters, so I’ll be in school for the next 3 years at least. The 4 yr old is a social boy and would love to have someone who could spend more time with him and I feel guilty.
What makes my nervous about selling him is I worry about where he’ll end up. I’ve worked for many trainers and at many barns and I know that not all of them are created equal.
The other thing that holds me back is that at current horse prices there is no way I could ever afford to buy a horse like him (unstarted warmbloods are going for upwards of 25k).
Basically my choices are to sell him, or have him hang out in a field for possibly 2 or more years. I would really like some advice from people who have been through the same situation. Thanks!