I have been thinking about getting rid of my 12/13 yr old gelding D.
But before I put him up on the market I really need some questions answered...
I got D probably last September, he was skinny and very nervous. Since then he has filled out to a nice looking boy, but he is still nervous. I do not know anything about his past, the lady we got him from wasn't the brightest. So I'm assuming that he was abused, probably mentally and physically. He is very head and body shy. But once he gets to know you and that you won't hit on him he gets a little better.
I wouldn't recommend riding him, he has some very nasty habit of rearing up in the air, he isn't very sure what you are asking when you attempt to turn, (he does how ever have breaks! ). For a while I was riding him, he wasn't doing too bad either, but one day he just snapped and learned that if he rears up I won't put myself in that situation and I bail. (If he wasn't so shaky on his feet I think I'd keep him, and re-start his training again... but shaky + rearing isn't a combo I'm willing to play with.)
He'll life up his front and back feet, but kind of likes to lean on you with the back ones.
He handles on the ground pretty well, you just have to make sure you have his attention.
He is probably 12 to 13, we aren't truly sure. He is a bay gelding, probably some where between 15 hh and 16hh. He looks to have some Thoroughbred in him, maybe some Quarter.
--I think I have everything about him... now onto the questions.
Is it alright to make sure that D will have friends/ 'playmates'?
Would it be to much to ask for the new owners to keep in touch so I know how he is doing?
Could I try to sell him just as a pasture ornament or to a really strong rider?
I don't want to see D go to a bad home, so would I have the right to check out where he is going?
*And the biggest problem for me is, could I get the new owners to sign an agreement or just agree in-general that if they no longer want D they cannot sell him, that would have to return him to me?
Please let me know... Thanks so much :)