It's a very long story. Basically, I lost my mother in the summer of 12. This gave me a whole new outlook on things. I am paying for college myself and I realized I cannot pay off my loans on a trainers salary. Plus I was constantly around nasty people with even nastier horses. I needed a break.
I've only rode once since April and I am completely ok with it. I will get back into it one day but on my own terms. I will break babies and help people (who actually want help) with their problem horses. But thats years down the road. I am now work in the auto industry and I'm really good at it. I am full time in college getting a bachelors in Marketing.
I will graduate with an associates in Western Training, Equine Business Management, and a Bachelors in Marketing.
We did ALOT of trail towards the end. Going forward was one of his favorite things to do. He no longer pinned his ears, kicked out, swished his tail, etc. He was a completely different horse. I didn't even have to lunge him before riding at the end. Also a bragging point, he clips without a twitch
. It was bitter sweet seeing him off.
I appreciate everyone's input on this thread. Even the nay-sayers. Everyone is entitled to their own way of doing things. There is a plethora of information on this thread. I think it would do well to be sticky. So people who are dealing with similar situations know what they are getting in to. This is an extreme case of a baby who was so dangerous he would have ended up getting put down if something drastic wasn't done.
Anyways. I think it's time enough to take off the "internet" mask and show everyone the "dangerous" baby. This was taken right before we went into the sale pen, the last time I rode him. He was sold for a good chunk of change to a family who planned on doing local shows with him.