Might be farewelling Brock

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    07-02-2012, 01:34 AM
Might be farewelling Brock

As you may have seen me mention elsewhere, I'm pretty upset after Brock's behaviour yesterday. All the effort I'd put into fixing his dominance issue last year, day after day and week after week of groundwork, and with a few months off he's right back to where he started (almost - at least he doesn't try to slam me against stuff when I groom him now). And now I don't even have a roundyard or small arena to do what I did before. I also can't train him as part of his feeding routine which really helped first time round, and I only get a chance to see him on weekends.

Without regular groundwork he becomes very aggressive. By far the most aggressive horse I've ever handled and I've handled racing stallions, cranky mares and such. He's also very steady on his legs, you can't shove him off balance in any way, and I'm genuinely afraid he'll hurt another person or a horse. When he does get put in his place, though, he is a completely different horse, but sadly I don't think I have the time or environment to do this.

Had a chat with my partner last night - he's a horse person and has worked with lots of green and very difficult TBs and his opinion was that I should sell him and cut my losses, and look to buy a horse that needs less constant keeping on top of.

With work he really will be a decent dressage horse and he's not 9 yet so has years of work in him if he remains sound. He's very intelligent and has great movement, two reasons why I bought him. He'll never be a superstar but he has potential and I feel that in confident and experienced hands that could work with him daily, he genuinely would be a good prospect.

Anyway, pretty heartbreaking but if I can find him a good and experienced home (don't care about price) I'll know I've done my best. If no one wants him I'll have to consider more gut wrenching options but I'll cross that bridge when I come to it.

Please, if you have any other solutions do share. I'm pretty cut up.
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    07-02-2012, 02:54 AM
I think if you want to keep him, try and find someone that wants a project to lease him from you and to work on his issues. Several people I know do this and it works out when they can go and ride the horse without issues.

But if you just want a horse to spend time with that isn't trying to kill you.. then I'd look at finding him a home and maybe leasing another horse since your schedule is to tight.
    07-02-2012, 04:02 AM
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You aren't obligated to keep him forever. If it isn't working out, then it isn't working out. I would not want to deal with that challenge, but that's me.
    07-02-2012, 04:27 AM
My heart wants to keep giving him chances, my head says otherwise.

Couldn't lease him out to anyone, I've tried. He's a fair bit more than just a project - more like in need of serious reform. People pay riders with even some experience with green horses to work with theirs, there's no way I could get someone to even free lease Brock - I can't see why anyone in their right mind would want to fix my horse for free, when they can get decent money working with a less problematic horse. Meanwhile I'm paying 120+ a week for a horse I'm not riding, and I therefore can't afford to ride elsewhere.
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    07-02-2012, 04:35 AM
Yep gotta do what's right. If you don't have time, then you've gotta pass him along.
    07-02-2012, 04:44 AM
Time wouldn't be an issue if he weren't so difficult to stable - there's a large riding complex just down the street. But he's an hour's drive away and I can't drive so I have to wait for weekends when my friend goes down. But yep, hopefully there is someone out there who wants him and can handle him. Heck, I'd give him to them for free, knowing he was in capable hands!
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    07-02-2012, 07:22 AM
This sounds like a really bad situation. I just wonder if selling him is the right answer. If he has been worked with and you have worked with a trainer and tried all you can do maybe it would be better to euthanize him. I know a lot of people will jump all over me for making that suggestion but if he is so dangerous is it fair to pass that on to some unsuspecting person? I don't think you should keep a horse that is hurting you or at risk of hurting you. I also don't agree with the idea of selling that horse and passing the buck on to someone who may be less capable/caring or patient with him. If you do decide that having him euthanized is not the right choice for you that's great. I would sell him and be very careful about where he is placed. Its not a nice situation and I am really sorry that you are in this position. I am sure whatever you decision you make will be the right one.
    07-02-2012, 07:37 AM
I'm with Rookie. I'd be very hesitant to sell on an aggressive, dangerous horse.

If you decide to do it, make sure you give full disclosure of his issues. You'll also have to carefully vet any potential owner, since far too many people overstate their abilities and experience, or have Black Stallion Syndrome and are convinced all he needs is lurrrrvvvveee, and they'll love him into behaving. That's a good way for the human to wind up badly hurt or dead, and the horse will be on his way to Canada or Mexico.
    07-02-2012, 07:42 AM
I certainly wouldn't pass him on without disclosing his full nature and ensuring the new owner had the experience and personality to deal with him.

But if I can't find that person then yes, horse heaven will be his destination. However, I would need to consider the cost of removal of his body - and its disposal - if that were the case. I don't believe my insurance covers removal for non-health related euthanasia.

He isn't intractable, just needs a really firm person who can work with him daily, so it would be a great pity to give up on him completely. However, whether or not I can find that person remains to be seen.

I'm sorry too, he can be a lovely horse when managed and I'm tearing up pretty bad here, but I need to do what's right.
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    07-02-2012, 07:50 AM
And I'm one of those people who'd be wracked with guilt if the new owner received so much as a broken toe. Because I know how he needs to be handled I'll question any prospective buyers on exactly how they'll manage him. If they're anything like my old farrier they might not even need to - Brock was meek as a lamb with him. He needs an owner with a strong, confident personality and handling experience - I just hope one is looking for a horse like him, he does have his qualities.

But I doubt anyone would ship him to Canada when I live in Australia - slaughter houses are legal here.
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