I am considering bringing my 5 year old gelding home for a few months this summer for a number of reasons.
1) to give him a break to be a horse (he's been in full time training 5/6 days per week for a year now)
2) to give my bank account a break (I am paying board on 2 horses but live on an acreage!)
3) to be able to enjoy my horses everyday and take care of them myself, which I love!!!
My dilemna is this... I had a horse die of colic recently so am very very paranoid. I want to make a non-stressful smooth transition. As he's be in a stall and small paddock, feed 4 times /day and ridden daily, now to be on 4 acres where we have fresh grass growing (though we have a dirt corral too) and he'll be out 24/7.
Second dilemna, he's very full of himself right now, quite strong and hard to handle + is not used to being ridden outside. I'm worried I'm bringing home an accident waiting to happen. BUT the other part of me is hoping if he has a break, can run around outside all day long and be a horse that's exposed to so much more, he'll settle down a bit and be okay.
Sorry this is a VERY long post! Any advice on any of it would be great ;)