My family has owned a few horses over the years. Some were shared between all of us, some were more my dads and some were more mine. The first horse that I contributed to the bills on (in a small way) was Blue. I was his primary rider, save the odd ride from my mom or a friend. I was 15 when my parents bought him.
For about 6 years I was a single-horse person with Blue. I really didn't understand people who had more than one horse. I actually found them sort of ridiculous. How could anyone possibly work full-time and keep more than one horse in work...? It seemed impossible to me.
After some NQR-ness in our 4th year together... Blue was diagnosed with navicular. He was eventually sound again after a year of experimentation. I decided not to jump him again. I was in college during that time so some light riding on the weekends was all I really had time for anyhow. However, I had always wanted event (sound familiar?) and I didn't feel like it was fair to ask that of him. So in my 6th year of ownership of Blue I started shopping. I was just about to graduate college.
And then this big galoot stole my heart.
Apollo's sale ad pic. Back when his name was "Booger" (cringe).
I actually didn't really like paints. Or blue eyes. But I decided to go and ride him anyway. I kept talking myself out of him. But after three test rides... I made an offer. I think part of what appealed to me about Apollo was that he was the opposite of Blue. He was young, sturdy looking and a bit cheeky. Apollo also cost exactly what remained on my student loan*
*that I am still paying for. Because I am a multi-horse person.
So my journey into
Even though Blue was in a fairly light work I found managing both horses very challenging. Financially and time-wise. I was also in a very serious car accident that lead to me taking a lot of time off from riding. I told myself that I would never own multiple horses again. It was too hard. Whenever Blue's time came, I would just keep Apollo and wouldn't get a second horse.
Sadly a year and half after I got Apollo, Blue had an irreparable tear in his colon. It was his time. :(
And so I was back to single-horse life. My heart was completely shattered after Blue died. I didn't ride a lot. I honestly think that if I didn't already own Apollo, I would have quit horses altogether. I was a single-horse person with Apollo for 4 years. We had our ups and downs. I struggled to find a good place to board him and proper instruction. But we muddled through.
I have no idea what possessed me to decide that I wanted a second horse again. I thought a draft cross filly would be a good addition. So I got one. And also a warmblood colt too...
Hello human! We came to be cute and spend all your money!
In January 2017 I will have owned three horses for 4 years. Wow. I have spent a fair bit of time being a single-horse person and a multi-horse person. They both have their own challenges.
The relationship sometimes feelsa bit closer when you only have one horse to work with. But as someone who can get really stuck on one issue having other horses to ride really helps me. With Apollo's mounting block issues lately I probably wouldn't be riding much at all. Luckily I am still working away with Henry and Mystic while Apollo and I figure things out.
I've heard quite a few people say that even if they had all the time and money in the world they would still only have one horse. I've also had people tell me that's it's not fair of me to have three horses, as how could I possibly give them all enough attention. I honestly feel like I do a pretty good job managing all three. But I am incredibly boring and don't really have much of a life outside of my horses and work. I could see if I had other hobbies or a more active social life it would be pretty much impossible.
So what about you? Are you a single-horse or multi-horse person? :)