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post #1 of 8 Old 02-15-2012, 03:27 PM Thread Starter
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To sell or not to sell?

So I'm thinking about selling Onyx, my gelding. He is the only horse I have right now. Circumstances have come up that do not allow me to have the proper time with him. Plus honestly my motivation to work with him is low. I got Onyx to help me get over losing Lakota, which he did, but now I just don't feel any attachment to him like I did her. It's not his fault, as he is a nice horse, but I haven't had him as long. Like I said, things came up (not financial, but time stuff) and considering his past and current condition, he cannot be left alone to his own devices for long without turning sour.

So I wanted opinions on 2 things: Should I sell him? And if so what do I ask for him? I would not be selling him for at least a month, since I am having him vetted at the end of Feb for a general health checkup. He has an old injury (I think) but I am having it vetted to be sure its nothing major. I have him on a joint supplement which seems to help him out quite a bit.

He is a grade horse. Black gelding that stands 14.2 hands tall. He was teeth checked to be 8-9 years old. He has a rough past, being sold and traded a lot. He was pretty awful when I bought him. His previous owner was a straight beginner, 12 years old, and he took major advantage of her. 8 months after having him I broke his biting habit and his manners have drastically improved, but I would not consider him beginner safe, ever.

So I have ridden him quite a few times w/t/c. By himself in open fields he is a little nutty, but with others he is fairly calm. He rides great in the pasture. He had his teeth floated last July, which really helped (they were pretty bad when I bought him). He now takes the bit very well, he used to refuse it. No buck, rear, or bolting, although he does like to take off in a canter when you ask for a trot if he is excited. He is finally learning to respond to leg pressure and seat. I have also brushed up on his neck reining skills. He yields his hind end under saddle and has a good whoa on him.

Most days, he stands nice to be saddled, picks up all 4 feet, ties well, leads very well, lunges decent, and rides pretty well also. Other days he still has those old tendencies to be rude (which I correct right away). He has come a long way since before he wouldn't stand, ran through the lead, wouldn't pick up his feet, was awful at lunging, and would not hold his pace when riding. He still has his days, but he is much better.

His temperament is curious and lively. He loves people of all kinds. He is low on the pecking order, but can be pushy with humans. I have lead lined him with children, and he does great with them.

Another thing. This is not your typical horse. This horse MADE me use natural horsemanship. He has been abused (I think) and the harder you get on him, the more he pushes back. The only real way to teach this horse is to make him work and to make him think. You must be his partner, not his master. He does not respond to being whacked, and if you do need to pop him, you must do it with discretion. If you use it too much, he will just ignore you. Needless to say he was a challenge to correct, but is smart and responsive.

So, what should I do? I can work him lightly, but the weather here sucks. I have worked him quite a bit over the winter, so he's not too rusty. He would be good for an experienced rider that wants to hit the trails, or do some fun shows. He doesn't spook easy at all, and is very easy to catch. Loves people and attention. Should I lease him out? Sell him? Keep him? As long as I can I will work with him, and try to make him the best I can. I'm just not sure what to do with him now.

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post #2 of 8 Old 02-15-2012, 03:49 PM
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I hope you find a loving home for Onyx
He looks like he has potential with the right owner

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post #3 of 8 Old 02-15-2012, 05:07 PM Thread Starter
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He definitely has potential. He has come so far. I just hope I can find someone who appreciates him as much as I do.

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post #4 of 8 Old 02-15-2012, 09:45 PM
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I don't think I would sell him, but that is my opinion. Maybe lease him. Maybe I think this because I sold my first horse who was way to much for me and now looking back I could have solved everything with him... and wish I would have kept him. Right now it sounds like he has a good home and you have taught him alot. Maybe a lease to sell option would be a good idea to make sure whoever you sell him to can properly handle him. The other quesiton is are you ok with being horseless (if you decide to sell)
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post #5 of 8 Old 02-16-2012, 11:12 AM Thread Starter
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That definitely is the question. I have had my own horse consistently for 9 years or so. I do not know how I would do without one. I talked to the owner of the property where Onyx stays, he's a good friend of ours. He really doesn't want me to sell him. He said ultimately its my decision, but he likes my horse. Also, he said I need to think on it for quite some time. He also said he'd help me find a rider for Onyx, since that's ultimately what I can't do anymore is ride.

It is only him and a colt in their pasture, so the colt would be alone if I sold Onyx. And they are so good together. So it looks like he may be staying for at least a while. I think I may go work with him later this week, he's been neglected lately because I've been so dang busy and the weather sucks!

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post #6 of 8 Old 02-16-2012, 06:28 PM
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May I ask why you can't ride anymore? I didnt know it was a riding issue! But is sounds like your guys friend really enjoys the horse to :) maybe just think on it for a while and maybe find a rider if you can't find the time to be out there all the time! And I think 9 years of owning a horse you might be sad after he is gone :(
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post #7 of 8 Old 02-16-2012, 09:43 PM Thread Starter
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Well not riding is a personal choice. I just found out I am expecting, and though I know it may be safe to ride, I am just not willing to risk it. He is not quite reliable enough for me to be comfortable. During my first and possibly second trimesters I may ride occasionally, but I do not want to train (and possibly take a fall) when I am carrying precious cargo :)
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post #8 of 8 Old 02-16-2012, 10:01 PM
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Awwwww congrats!! That's something to think about too! I just believe you have a lot of thinking to do :) let us know what you decide to do!
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