Sigh.....so I'm seriously thinking about getting rid of Scout - giving him to a rescue or for someone who will use him as a lawn ornament. He reared really bad yesterday - for the third time, and I thought we had enough ground respect for that to be over...I was VERY wrong. See this post: http://www.horseforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=15191
And then he was also roaring really bad yesterday. He's had audible breathing as long as I've had him, but it never seemed to effect his athleticism, and it wasn't terrible - until yesterday. See here about that: http://www.horseforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=15192
I really like Scout. He's like a puppy dog most of the time, he's happy to see any human (because people = carrots), and although annoying, he likes to give affection. He has a habit of biting, but we're working on that, and most of the time it's a playful nip, so I'm just trying to make him understand to save that for his pasture buddy, not me. He's beautiful, and I really don't want to take him back to the people who gave him to me, because they just wanted to be rid of him (the racing industry in NM likes to give horses away, and if you know the right people you can get really nice horses for nothing. It's not like most places where you get what you pay for. And I know the right people - but the owner looks like she may have been less than honest with me). I'm worried if I give him back, he'll go to slaughter. I have many other options, and that's not really the point of this post - it's more to ask opinions on if I should get rid of him.
He lives at the stables of an 83 year-old former breeder("E") and trainer, with three Arabians. Two belong to "E" and the third belongs to my friend who also lives on the property in an apartment. "E" has a friend who is trying to sell a 5 year old TB/Trakhener cross for $2500 (let's hear it for the economy). He is green broke. "E" kept telling me yesterday that she had this horse in mind for me since he was born (something my friend told me she had never heard - if he was truly in "E's" mind, I would have bought him in a heartbeat. I really trust her opinion), and I should get rid of Scout because I can't do what I want with him, which is basically true, I can't event because his roaring is that bad, and he rears. I'm beginning to think she's right, but it breaks my heart that I finally got this horse to trust people - and even LIKE people - and I've become rather attached. Should I just cut my losses and find him a home as a pasture buddy/lawn ornament?
This is tough.....