I've been talking about selling Misty for a really long time. I've never had a horse that didn't sell for so long and at first it was discouraging. I bought Misty as a project horse for the purpose of selling a year or two down the road, maybe longer. But once she didn't sell, I kind of adjusted to the fact of keeping her. I joked "I guess I'll just have her forever since no one wants her."
But I wasn't that disappointed. She's basically a unicorn in my book. She's safe. Even when she decides that she has an opinion about flying changes or halting straight, she couldn't hurt a fly if she tried and she doesn't have a mean bone in her body.
I can go work cows on her, then turn around and go show at a dressage show, then go cross country schooling, and then plop a friend on her and go for a trail ride. She ground ties in the wash rack, she self loads in the trailer, I can clip her ears without sedative. I can not ride her for a week and then decide on a whim to go to a show and win a class. She's absolutely adorable, she's rarely broken (unlike someone else I know, *cough* Jetta). She's given me a lot of confidence back and allowed me to improve as a rider. I haven't regretted that impulse purchase three years ago one bit.
A few of the first posts I made about her when I first got her... how far she's come!
But then comes the time when she actually sells and I have to say goodbye. Now THAT is the suckiest part of selling horses. I've posted about the rude people, the disappointment of sales falling through, etc. But nothing is as bad as actually having to say goodbye to a horse that has become one of your best friends over the past three years.
I'll do a full write up on her new home and everything tomorrow, but for now I'm just going to go cry and hug Jetta and try to remind myself that Misty is going to a great home that will treat her really well!