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!