About two months ago I got a 3yo Standardbred gelding, who is unbroken to saddle. I recieved him from a Standardbred organisation on a year lease, they state that if the horse in unsuitable in any way you can tell them and they'll relist the horse, but it will stay in your care.
I am an experienced english rider, and I am planning to break and train my horse as an allrounder. I've began basic lunging etc with him and he is VERY quiet and calm. He'll be a great trail horse. I keep him at a family's property for free - I met him through PC. They're pretty wealthy and them and a friend have a few real nice horses they bring in to train up and sell on.
Today I was talking to the owner and she said (very politely) that in her opinion I would be best to give the horse back. She said he has a wonderful temperament but she thinks, along with her trainer friend, that he will never be suitable for what I want. She says that he is not pretty enough, or has nice enough paces, for dressage and does not have suitable conformation for jumping. She said if I wanted I could take on one of their many horses and train up and ride it for as long as I liked, or when trained they could sell it on and give me a share and with that money I could purchase a better horse, or whatever I liked. She said that if I wanted it could just sort of be "mine" ie. No one else would work it. She said they have noticed that I have a lot of time and "love" sort of thing, and it is kind of a waste on this horse.
This did strike a chord with me. He's looking great since I have got him, put on condition, wonderful coat and he goes along fine. He is not a people horse though, he'd rather be left alone, and he comes and is fine, but is happy away from me. I look at him sometimes and wonder what I will do with him. He is sound, but his legs aren't great, and I think he'll be perfect for trails and pleasure, but not if I wanted to do more, which I think I might. I like him though, and he is calm and all good, but I know I am not going to be able to do lots of work for years because of his age, and even after all that time he might never be good for what I want, where as they have a nice 5 year old, and a nice 7 year old and more coming in.
I'm a 20 year old student, which is why I did a lease thing rather than a free or cheap horse, because I don't know where I'll be in the future or how much money I will have.
Sorry for the novel, I know only I can decide but what do you think I should I do?