Forever a School Horse?
I'm posting about Harley aka Goober. Harley is a very special horse to me. He is a quirky, silly, playful 13 year old, 18 hand Hanoverian gelding. He is currently a school horse but he could be so much more. I apologize now for the length, but I want you to understand all that is Harley.
Harley was originally trained as an eventing horse. At age 9, he was donated to be a county Police horse. He was amazing for the demonstrations, but he became bored of standing still after a few hours on patrol and would find things to spook at. The cop who rode him never blamed him for it and offered him to us as a riding horse. At age 11, my boss took Harley on and he was my project.
The horse is amazing. He loves to jump. He has the ability to do the 4' comfortably. He likes dressage and knows many upper level moves. After a year, he was working beautifully and we had high hopes of finding him a great new owner.
An upper level jumper trainer came in and took Harley on. He attached ropes from his bit to his girth with no give and didn't treat him with the care and understanding his sensitive personality needed. When my boss realized he was not an appropriate trainer, she took him away but damage had been done. Harley was scared of crossties completely and when we attempted to put him back in the program, he failed to break a pair and ended up hitting his head on a tack trunk (a now previous trainer had made them unbreakable so her horse would stop breaking them without care of the danger).
Harley had to undergo shock treatment for his head because he tore the ligament that attaches his head to his neck. His head is alright now, but I had to take him back to the beginning. He was worried about he conformity of framing and he seemed to forget where his feet were.
After 9 months, natural horsemanship, some intense dressage work and no jumping for 6 months, Harley is back in action. I have not allowed him to jump over 3 feet until I find the right riders for him. He takes amazing care of his riders, but he has many quirks. He spooks at silly things if you aren't paying attention and, because of his size, he scares many potential riders. He is harmless mind you.
How do I go about finding him the right home? Because of his training and his potential, my boss will want a fair sum of money, but I want to find him a Mommy. He needs someone to take care of him and love on him constantly. As much as I adore him, I want him to move away from being a school horse and find him one rider. When I was the only one riding him, he thrived with the attention, but he does have to earn his keep and I have other horses to care for. I ride with a renowned dressage instructor once a week on Harley and even he says his talent is beyond being a school horse (he specializes in Andalusians and doesn't know anyone interested, I've tried).
Any help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.