When I got Houston back at the beginning of the year I was so happy. I was pretty heartbroken when I quit riding (which as you know didn’t last long). The woman that had him mentioned that it wasn’t a good fit anymore so home he came. I brought him to a local clinic and had a full work up done. He was very over due for his annual maintenance and needed his teeth done but otherwise he was in good shape.
Initially he got some time off and got to hang out. After some time to reset I started riding him and slowly tried to jump him. Needless to say it did not go as planned. The past few months I have come to accept that Houston really doesn’t want to be a jumper. We have been dressaging, trail riding, and hanging out. He is so much happier when he knows he won’t be asked to jump. After varying opinions and efforts I finally came to accept that Hue wanted to be a dressage horse.
Here’s the thing though… I don’t want to show in the dressage court outside of events. Because Houston is awesome and I love him dearly I planned to keep him indefinitely. He is a very sweet horse with oodles of personality. I wanted to maintain control of his future and have a say in where he ends up so I just assumed I would have him indefinitely. He was on a semi half lease for a bit but that ended and it was back to just me. Not exactly how I saw things panning out but I love this horse. I would be lying if I said it didn’t occur to me that I could be spending money on another horse I could compete though. Especially with all of the baby horses (unborn and IRL at my barn) in my life.
Until a friend posted about how a student was looking for a horse just like Houston those things were all just thoughts… they ended up trying him and then there were some negotiations. What was originally going to be a lease ended up being a sale with a detailed contract about my rights to buy him back first or their responsibility to give him back to me if he needs to be retired and they can’t/ don’t want to care for him down the road. I have to say that I feel so much better about this.
I will share updates as I get them but for now Houston is lapping up attention from a lovely family and he will get to dressage to his hearts content. Bittersweet but I think he will be really happy getting more attention and getting to strut his stuff. 🙂