So, I posted an ad for Ginger a couple of days ago. Then I pulled it down last night. In a 48 hour period, I got a few years worth of weird phone calls and emails. Horse people are crazy, in case you didn't know.
Some of it might be due to the fact that I tried to be honest in my ad. I wrote "...would suit confident, experienced rider, because although she is very kind and generous, Ginger is a very forward thinking and sensitive mare", or something along those lines.
I got people calling with comments ranging from 'she sounds fun" to"why would that require experience?" to "sounds like she just needs some groundwork/sacking out" (oh, to be a fly on the wall for that 'lesson'!), to (basically) "give her to me for free and I will save her from you, you just don't understand her" to "I could buy a super broke QH/TB, whatever, for what you're asking for your Welsh Cob that needs an experienced rider" (so why then are you looking at Welsh Cobs who need experienced riders?) I'm trying not to be offended by some of it, but I'm finding it seriously difficult to let it all roll off my back and sort out the legit people from the dreamers. I'm a super honest person who wants the best home for my horse that I've owned for 4 years. It's a hard decision for me, and I don't need to get rid of her tomorrow because she's a problem or because I'm broke or whatever else they seem to want to think. I'm asking a fair price for her age, breed, and level of training (someone is going to get a FANCY pony with a great start for well under the going rate because I am aware she's been ridden infrequently of late and we live in a remote location) I'm offended by the people who seem to be trying to accuse me of lying, not knowing my horse, or who are just generally pushy and condescending. I don't know why so many horse people have something to prove, but they apparently do, and they like the pretty Ginger pony a lot.
So, as mentioned, I've pulled the ads. I'm already having difficulty with this decision and I'm not the right personality to deal with some of those calls. I have a couple of people going to come meet her in the meantime, but the plan is to send her to a training/consignment barn and have the trainer there ride and evaluate her and find a good match. Worst case with that plan is she doesn't sell and my Ginger pony just gets some more miles being fancy and has to stay with mean old me for a while longer. Win/win, I'd say :)
I also may take a little blogging break as far as diary type entries go. I'm having a tough time with all the horsey things right now and am struggling with finding my positivity (spell check, how is positivity a made up word? If it's not real I think it should be). I need a little time out...or at least to not dwell on all the drama. Ignore your problems and they will go away, right? ;)