Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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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