So, an acquaintance of mine (not really a friend, but I don't meet a stranger) had mentioned to me that she was looking for a horse. Being estranged from the area for a very long time (I moved back to this area recently after living in another state) and being essentially retired from the "Horse Industry", so I thought lol, I found a horse through a close friend of mine that I thought "could work" per the owners description. Well, I went to go see the horse (who was NOT at all as described, along the lines of being trained) and after contacting the acquaintance to discuss my findings, I decided that he wouldn't work for her. As we all know, that's the magic word... Now she is no longer just interested, she now WANTS him.
This is a somewhat timid (yet willing) horse that I feel needs to be completley restarted from the ground up, slowly (as he has a bit of back atrophy). After spending just a few minutes with him, I felt he wouldn't suit at all for what they want to do. He's tempting me to come out of retirement... Ugh.
So, I have a moral dilema.
I know of the trainer that she uses, the barn where she would board him, and the methods this "trainer" would use. Not fair to a horse that is essentially very green (he is 13 and was described as Dressage broke at one time, yet he didn't know how to lunge when I visted him and lightly worked him).
We are talking a $500 horse here ($200 being my commission). At best he MIGHT turn into a $1500 type of guy.
In all honesty, the home he would be going to isn't any worse than where he currently is, it's just the point. I would rather a horse be a horse than be possibly mentally ruined, which I feel COULD possibly happen here.
It's mainly the trainer, not the "acquaintance". Clients follow their trainer's advice ya know?
So, as I wait now to get a call from her to let me know when the trainer can make it out, I wonder what to do...
Maybe I should talk to the trainer? Maybe I should just let what happens happen? I just don't feel good about it, in the pit of my stomach.
Grrr... Stupid stomach