Life is full of choices, whether it be simple or one that is tough and takes much deliberation. Even when you finally make up your mind, sometimes you question if you had made the correct choice.
Over the last month I have been tossing around the thought of selling Larry. This has been tough for me to even consider, emotional attachments are the hardest to break. Larry has been with me since he was eight months old, because of him, so many doors have opened. I have met so many wonderful people and harbored new friendships all across the U.S. This very column happened because of him. He has been an incredible, smart and fun partner. More like a partner in crime at times.
I love seeing his bright eyes during the morning feeding. The second he hears you step into the barn, no matter the time of day, he is quick to peak out to say hi or show you a silly face. He will interact and respond to verbal conversations wether you are talking to him or not. He welcomes a pet from anyone and truly embraces it. Larry hugs are the best, and he may surprise you by having your shirt as you pull away.
I am sure some of you are asking “why?”. My goal is to do best by Larry. He is a talented and bright horse, but not to the level that I am working towards. As much as it saddens me to sell him, it saddens me more to have his talent and love waisted on me.
I don't see him easily making a cowhorse that is competitive at the levels that I am shooting for. Sure, he's physically talented to make it, but mentally he is not there. I look for a horse who has drive and want. I like to see them have the drive to better themselves, grit and love for their sport.
I could push Larry and make it happen, but I can’t do that to him. He wouldn't genuinely love his job, and I feel that I would break him down. I cant ruin a good horse by pushing him into my dreams when his are a different size. He needs someone who can take him at his level.
Larry is incredibly talented in his own way, he is push button, easy to ride and smooth. He deserves to be someones own horse and not share such divided attention. I have shown Larry this year in a ranch horse series, and he didn't disappoint. We won the yearend Open Ranch Horse division. He will make an amazing for someone that is interested in ranch versatility. With further training I believe he could do it all and he would be a horse to haul up for a fun trail ride or ride out with friends. He is ready to go help gather cows and do ranch work. He's a go to, do it all kind of guy.
I don’t plan to list Larry for sale. I would rather wait for the right fit to come along. It's more important to me that he finds the right person, I'm willing to wait.