Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Gallant, Alabama
Thinking about giving horse back to previous owners...
I've made the decision to sell, trade, or possibly (to the right person) give my stallion Jaxxon away. It's not because I don't want him.
I've thought long and hard about it, and it's just too much of a liability to justify keeping him right now, expecially even if and when he's gelded, he may still act studly.
He's my younger cousin's favorite horse to ride, and they know that they are allowed to catch my horses and ride when I'm not here if they want to. I'm scared that they will take him out and he'll decide to act studdish with them around the mares (even after he's gelded).
I also don't have time to work with him consistently undersaddle. I feel like I'm not doing him any favors by riding him maybe once a month for a few minutes... not when he's four years old and has the potential to be a great riding horse... and I'm not doing anything but letting that potential sit in the pasture and waste.
Then there's the fact that my gelding still dislikes him and bullies him... beats up on him... Jax is timid and not a lead horse, but my gelding bullies him a lot...
Now, my thing is... Jaxxon's previous owners saw that I had him for sale and asked me this morning if I'd be willing to work something out with them so they could get him back. They are very good friends of mine and live very close to me. We're great friends and trust is definitely not an issue, as I know that they will not sell him if they get him back and if they have to get rid of him for some reason, they will ask me if I'd like him back first. They also have the money to get him gelded, which right now, I don't. Even if it takes them a while, they have fencing to keep a stud in and own only male horses (an older TB gelding, a yearling draft cross stud that is going to be gelded soon, and a jack-donkey).
I've thought about it, and I really like the idea of giving him back to them. I'll be guaranteed to still be able to see, work with, ride, and just groom and play with Jax whenever I want and, with them, thogh he won't be ridden that much, he'll be pastured with a herd that doesn't bully him and will be fed grain daily, and given hay just about year-round (whereas with me, he's grained when we ride as a treat and given a handful as a treat whenever I go see him and Dakota, which is a few times a week even though I don't ride).
So... I think I'd be doing the right thing. I'd rather Jax go to someone who will genuinely care for him and get him gelded and all than sell him to the first person just for some mulah...
Horseshoe Loop Farm: Home of Gypsie (1994 TWH mare), Dakota (2006 TWH gelding), Jo (2012 TWH filly) & Minnie (1992 Paint mare)