I've been really thinking about selling my gelding, Snafu. He's barely broke, and I don't consider him to be a perfect angel about everything. But the last time I rode him I think I saw a glimpse of his true colors. It turns out that he might have a very bad temper. I've been riding him for a few months (only a day or two a week), and he's never been like this.
I walked him around our field once, and he was very curious and alert, but when I wanted to take him around again he stopped, pinned his ears, and refused to move. When I asked him to walk forward he squealed and bucked in place. I made him do a few circles to disengage his hindend, and he started rearing over and over! I finally got him to calmly walk back to barn before something else happened. (I'm all alone out there.)
I decided to try to teach him to lunge for a little bit. I was asking him to walk around me, and I swung the end of the lead rope behind a little bit to urge him forward. Now it's not like I was trying to hit him, or swing the rope really fast so it makes that swosh noice, I just wanted him to move forward. He didn't like that at all! Everytime I swung the rope he tried to kick it, and he was about 2 feet away from me. Eventually, I started to wave my hand around a bit instead, and he wasn't any happier but he quickly learned to walk around in a circle both ways. Once he got what I tried to teach him, he was happy and loving. It was almost like he just got really frustrated while I tried to teach him new things. After about 20 minutes I took him on a quick ride with my friend and her TB filly, and he was perfectly fine. I know the saddle fits, I've been riding him in it for weeks, and I've had no problems. Plus I've had the vet check it and he said it fits fine. There's nothing out of the oridinary about him that would make act that way. Maybe he was just having a bad day?
Maybe if I got along with him better, it wouldn't be such a big deal, but I've never really felt a strong bond with him at all. He's just a horse that I have to pay for. I just don't feel like it's worth it. So here's his info:
16.2 7 y/o solid bay OTSB gelding
-not broke, but I've been riding him around with a saddle and bridle. I just don't think he's safe enough to be considered broke.
-had a tendon injury from his racing days. Has been fixed, but has to be on joint supplements
-up to date on shots, trims, wormer, allthatjazz.
-excellent with the trailor
-has been ponyed on trail rides -wasn't spooky at all
I don't expect to get much out of him. Maybe $100-200, and I think that might be kinda if-y. I'm thinking about sending him to an amish boy who's been training horses to ride and drive for only $150. He takes them for as long as it takes to get them rideable/driveable. I know some people think that the amish are hard on their horses, but I've seen some of the horses he's trained and they seemed nice with nothing wrong. My farrier even told me some pretty good things about him too. So I'm seriously considering it. I figured that if I still don't click with Snafu when he came back from the trainer that I would sell him, but for a bit more.