Old gelding, advice needed
I have an old guy who is becoming an issue. Don't get me wrong, he's a great horse, he's just not happy here. We have 8 horses, breed Tennessee Walkers and keep two QH, so an Anglo Arab isn't exactly fitting in with my stockier guys who constantly beat him up. I have no time to ride him and even when I do it's only for short stretches as our fields are surrounded by cows. He is petrified of cows. He needs a lot of tlc, special feed, and kid gloves. When he was working every other day he was in perfect health, but because of the cows he has issues. All he likes to do is work, it is the only thing that keeps him happy enough to relax and get back to feeling great. When I was able to ride him more often, he was fat as a pig. Now that I cannot, he looks like a frail old man.
Beau is an 18 year old (we think) 15hh grade horse that could be an ottb or an anglo arab. I tell everyone he's an anglo arab because I think that is what he looks like, however he shows the bad habits of a former track horse sometimes along with something that might be a tattoo on his lip that is no longer visible. He used to do eventing and won a lot of competitions. He is a hard keeper, but has great feet, teeth, etc. He loads, clips, bathes, does everything you ask. He's just a little bit spooky compared to my other horses, mostly with cows. He loves being inside, in a stall, and have his hair braided by 12 year old girls. I am no longer what he needs, and I am considering either selling or leasing him so he can find someone more suited to his emotional needs. He would be perfect for a younger girl who wanted their first horse. He has perfect manners, but can spook now and again. I am thinking about finding a local lesson barn because his favourite thing in the whole world is to go around on the end of a longe line for upwards of 30 minutes with a little kid on his back.
According to the former owners, he has had professional training and it shows. He may not be ridden for 6 months, then you can throw a saddle and an novice up on him and he will perform like he is in a dressage ring. He needs to jump maybe 1'6" at most, if that. I would rather he stay closer to 1'. He has a trot and canter to die for, and covers a lot of ground at a walk. He's a pretty speedy guy, but very safe. I think he needs an intermediate or advanced beginner, would make a great horse to learn on. I've sat people who are terrified of horses on him and he took great care of them. He can be ridden bareback in a halter, or with a hackamore, but doesn't care for bitless bridles too much (don't ask me why). He will take a bit, but doesn't need it.
One thing I have argued with my mom on is the age of the person he is suited for. She has never ridden him, only handled him from the ground. He is just a bit fast for a beginner, a bit fast at a walk even for me. I think 10-12, she thinks 6-10.
So what do you think? Should I sell him or lease him to a family that is fully aware of his keeping issues? As I've said, he is a great horse, but he really needs the whole bouncing pre-teen thing and I stopped bouncing a few years ago!
Hugs and Blessed be