I suppose this should go in the training section since that's mainly what its about. I've posted pictures of my 7yr haflinger gelding, Samson. Well I can't make up my mind as to what to do about him..I've watched over this horse for over a year now before I even bought him. The people who had him all but forgot he even existed. I made sure he was groomed, given attention, and that his feet we're being done (the only things I could control). When I first got him, I was able to see him everyday but I was barely getting any hours and paying for things was getting kind of rough. Now I have full time and paying for his board and such is no problem but now I don't have the time to drive out and see him except maybe two times a week on my days off.
Sammy is green broke. I've been on his back and walked and trotted him around the yard and he does okay but he doesnt understand commands very well and gets frustrated easily. I don't have a lot of riding experience and I'm in the process of trying to get lessons. I have zero experience with training horses but I also know that I don't have the money to hire someone to train him the way he should be. He's got so much potential and I feel that I'm holding him back from all that he could accomplish.
I'm also outrageously paranoid that if I sell him, he will be neglected again or moved from home to home. He can be a difficult horse to understand. When he gets into trouble either with other horses, or even when I had a friend lunge him, he comes running straight for me like he expects me to protect him from all the bad things now. I want to be able to ride him or maybe give him a home that can afford to train him the way that he should be trained but the thought of not having him makes me break down and cry.
What do you think I should do?