I bought a yearling TWHxMFT stud colt early fall for $300. The people I purchased him from are (so I thought) friends of ours.
He was never touched, but very sweet. I originally wanted to purchase him as a weanling, but the amount of time we spend working did not permit it.
Now, at the time I could not bring him out to my place because of his 'stud status'. My older geldings would have quite honestly stomped him into the ground.
So, we waited a few weeks then had him gelded. Then it's another month or two until he's completely healed and what not.
At this point, I am still the only person working with this horse. Winter quickly arrives and with it, more work load, so my colt is not picked up. Winter here is a grand total of three months long.
Then comes spring (now) and we are finally free'd up somewhat for this colt. The only real free time we have for the out-of-town excursion is one day on weekends. One day, mind you.
So, we bring out our two horse trailer and I start working with my colt. All is well at first, then the former-owner comes over and starts 'working' him. Working is considered pulling on the lead rope, and tapping him on the rump with a whip to encourage a large young horse into a small old trailer.
It went as well as expected. Which is, he reared, braced his neck, and drug us around.
He was doing fine with my gentle grain method.
Now with spring also comes lots, and lots, of grass. The former owners of said colt live on over 100 acres of land. The colt I purchased is on a 1 acre dirt lot, alone, despite the fact that the other youngsters he was raised with are on GRASS with OTHER HORSES learning HORSE MANNERS.
These people KNOW that I have a TINY dirt lot and 12-14 acres or so of VERY rich grass. They not only have time, but farm hands to wean said colt onto grass. FARM HANDS. AND AN AREA TO DO IT PROPER.
You know, where he would be fat without needing hay and grain. He's an extremely easy keeper, especially for his age.
So at this point (current time) I am STILL the ONLY PERSON WORKING THIS COLT. We managed to get out there last weekend, my dad FIXED their roof (for free, in the heat, for several hours) and I worked with my colt getting him into the trailer.
Nobody has time to do this.
I'm doing quite well and he's nearly in the trailer when Former Owner comes over.
I was being quiet, gentle, and calm. I allowed him to step in and out at will (we where just missing the back feet). He was calm, focused, and not terrified, confused, or otherwise panicking.
Former Owner butts in with a whip and starts YANKING on the lead and trying to PULL him in and insists on hitting him with the whip, on the rump.
THIS HORSE HASN'T BEEN WORKED WITH.
HE DOES NOT UNDERSTAND THIS CONCEPT.
HE PANICKING, HELLO.
WHAT THE ?!!?!?
INSTANTLY he is SCARED and CONFUSED out of his mind. He starts rearing and spooking. Won't get near the trailer any more, is completely unfocused, runs you over when you try to lead him, or just goes where he wants to.
He (wow thanks!) starts turning his head to the opposite side, braces his neck, and just goes off to eat. This is a huge colt, at least 15hh, built like a tank.
It went as well as you can imagine, which is she starts SCREAMING at him and YELLING and smacking and pulling, yanking, etc. etc.
I'm quite peeved, and yet bite my tongue for the sake of civility.
On top of all this, before hand my dear father got to listen to:
"I NEVER should have sold him"
"He's WORTH so much MORE"
Who just got finished fixing their roof, for free, materials supplied
1. If not for me, the horse would have never:
-Had a halter on
-Seen a trailer
- Be taught somewhat to lead
-Not run you over (at least not before)
-Would probably still be a stud,
-And would have never, ever, been tied to a hitching post.
Which I did, by the way. He broke a lead rope because they don't have any nice, stretchy inner tubes that allow you to actually work the horse.
HE'S WORTH SO MUCH MORE.
(five thousand dollarz, dude)
Now these people are not POOR mind you. THEY have:
-A BRAND NEW live-in horse trailer, very expensive
-A BRAND NEW car to pull it
-TWO farm hands that work every day
-TWO horses in training
-And ungodly amount of farm and garden stuff
-A BRAND NEW 100 x 100 arena, uncovered, but an arena
-A BRAND NEW pre-manufactured home with two added decks.
-Have TWO horses in training with a not-so-cheap professional trainer
-Just got their very LONG driveway regraveled
-Just got their terror-bridge over the creek rebuilt.
-They are considering purchasing an additional, very, very nice, 40 acres next door.
This is not financed, either.
(inheritance from over a year ago, joy!)
This horse cannot be:
-Weaned onto grass, where feeding would be nonexistent. Literally.
-Taught to load (thirty minuets a day, one week, presto) by said farm hands who are not dumb as bricks.
-Put out with any of their equally unworked with, older horses, to be taught the usual horse manners. Such as: No, you cannot bite me. I will kick you square young man.
NO. THIS HORSE MUST BE:
-Left on a dirt lot, alone, to rack up a unnecessary feed bill during all the GRASS MONTHS.
Because who cares about friends, amirite?
And rack up, a,
WAIT FOR IT....
OVER ONE THOUSAND DOLLAR FEED BILL.
Round of applause, everyone. He's on sweet feed and cheap grass hay. Whoo! Surrounded by over a hundred acres of land! With grass!
They have maybe 15 horses total!
Same people who after I bought Red, pulled him off a perfectly good pasture and put him on a TINY dirt lot with Loki who ran him off his food and turned him into an ugly, snaggle-maned version (mane is still half the length as when I bought him) of what he used to be. I needed a month in a half to find a pasture and put up the proper fencing.
Feed bill = obscene.
So my question is:
SHOULD I GIVE UP ON HIM?
THEY aren't loosing anything. I've added 'value' to the horse if anything. I've put over $500 into him so far with gas, shots, wormer, gelding, etc. Not to mention my time.