I debated writing this post, but I figured people would see it on Facebook and then message me for an explanation. I’d prefer to skip the 20 questions part of this exercise, so I’ll address the elephant in the room here.
I’m putting Roman up for sale. If you’ve been reading in-between the lines of the blog for the past few months, this won’t surprise you. I guess it surprises me a little, even though I’m the one making the decision.
It’s not that training boot camp didn’t go well. Actually, boot camp went pretty damn swimmingly. See cute ponykins below!
It’s not that Roman is a bad horse. He continues to get better and has lots of lovely qualities. Fact of the matter is that I just like Simon better, and I’m not rich.
If I hadn’t bought Roman, I’d still be sitting here pouting about not being able to do the hunters. Sometimes I think you have to go after a dream to realize that maybe what you had wasn’t that bad to begin with. It’s not a coincidence that the phrase, “The grass is not always greener” is directly related to horses.
I like Roman, but I want someone to buy him that loves him like I love Simon. My interests right now are moving back into other areas besides horses. I want to travel. I want to be able to devote a lot of time & energy to writing. There’s not enough hours in the day, and at the moment putzing around on my beloved nerd horse is more appealing than chasing perfect distances and lead changes in the hunter ring.
So that’s the scoop. It’s not as dramatic as y’all might have imagined, but more of a situation where my heart isn’t in it. Life is too short and horses are too expensive to hold onto things that don’t make you excited to wake up in the morning.
Do I feel silly for purchasing a horse and changing my mind? Yes, quite frankly I do. Lately I’ve been referring to it all as #learningexperience, because it has been one. I think Roman has learned some too, and I hope he’s a better off creature for his brief stay in my program. If you know someone looking for a talented, sweet gelding send them my way. He’s fancy enough for the hunters, but has enough motor and bravery for jumpers & eventing. Trainer and I think he’s a great guy that can be finished for a variety of jobs.