It is a bitter sweet moment when a horse has to leave Judson, especially a horse that has been in our program for awhile. We love our horses and they all have a special place in our barn and our hearts. Unfortunately, for some of them, there comes a time when they no longer fit the needs of our program. Often we wish that they could stay anyways, but in order for us to have room for new horses the ones that are no longer working have to find a new home.
Not just any home will do though. Just because a horse is no longer working in our program does not mean that we no long love and care about them. For one of our horse to go to a new home, it has to be the right new home. For some horses that is with a member of our program who has a place for them, other times it is with someone who used to be a part of the program, it could be with a friend of the program, or just with someone who came to look at the horse. In any situation though, it has to be someone we feel will be good for the horse and that the horse good for them. It is sad for them to go, but we know that they will be happy.
It is also a good thing; it means that we have an opening for a new horse. We have an amazing program and great support from our school, but we still have limited space. This often means that we don't have room for new horses. When a horse leaves, it means that we can accept a new horse that will work well in our program and benefit our program and riders.