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    08-16-2011, 11:23 AM
Anyone else experience this?

I have been riding since I was 13, and I have owned my TB gelding for three years this week. We have had a LOT of issues together, mostly involving our attitude clashes, since we are both extremely stubborn. Sometimes this is good, sometimes its not.

While I have not lost my love for riding, I just don't particularly care about riding him. He is GREAT, and that's why I bought him; he has athleticism out the butt and is willing to do whatever you ask, even if he doesn't know what that is. The obvious answer is to sell him, but its something I just can't bring myself to seriously do.....he has major trust issues, it took a year for him to open up and another year to really let me in....he is almost a new horse personality wise compared to when I bought him. I feel like even though we do not have a lot of work hours put in, we have PLENTY of bonding hours and selling him would put him back at square one with whoever he went to....both a disservice to the potential owner and him.

I am moving to OK in the late summer of next ye
Ar, and of course that would require moving him as well. A major part of my decision to move is the affordability of owning a horse in OK, and after he's gone I do plan on owning again so its not a decision I'm making lightly. I'm only wondering if I should bring him at all? Every single one of the horses I saw (and I saw a lot) was fat and in a big rolling pasture, but the majority were of course quarter horses. I have a TB. My main worry is that if I get there and do start wanting to ride, I wont be able to find a trainer who understand how he thinks. Here in FL there is a decent market for TBs, so I would be able to sell him for a decent price (more than I bought him for anyway) and then be able to find something else.

Basically, my question is does anyone have a horse that they should probably let go, but can't? Its not hurting me either way, I'm financially stable and can afford taking care of him till the day he dies. He's had a long career in racing so I'm sure its fine with him if he never sees a saddle again, haha. I have no problem riding lesson horses or maybe even leasing at some point in the future if I really desperately want another mouth to feed.
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    08-16-2011, 12:33 PM
My Arabian gelding sounds similar! Major trust issues (he has had several owners, all of them good but he prefers to be a one person horse) but we've bonded and I would rather have him as pasture ornament than to sell him! I'm showing him WP right now and he is teaching me a lot; I always have to keep him engaged. It can get tiring, sometimes I'd like to just sit and enjoy the ride! Selling isn't an easy decision, but after reading what you wrote, I feel you'll make the right decision. Whatever that may be!

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