Yeah, been there doing that. But we raised it, still there 9 years later, ha!
Well, he's workable, it's US and we know it. TIme constraints for a few years. He's doable, it's a time issue, but we would feel GUILTY sending him away!
Yeah, not so much hero, I"m all about safety and being realistic with expectations. But OTOH, we've brought him a long way despite some of our failings, which we actually fixed, can you believe that? We couldn't, but we did. Wow, that's such a good feeling.
Maybe stubborness, we refuse to give up.
Really not too much horse, he's actually really really calm and quiet when you work him consistently and when he feels safe...he's a pocket pony, he's just a scardy cat when mom is gone, lacks confidence in us because we weren't strong enough (or consistent enough for a few years) leaders...we've learned, now we are, and he IS coming around quickly.
Today, he was a good boy, separated from mom, it only took him 30 minutes to calm HIMSELF down, we don't force him, he tells us when he's ready (he'll walk to DH and be good) then we work with him, then he goes off a bit again, then we work him, then he says, oh never mind, it's more fun being with you, and well, that's our biggest issue with him really, the buddy sour thing, so no, I don't think we fit into all categories, but we do fit into the he could have been more useful for someone else for a few years...we didn't do him justice, but it's never too late to start.
We're all work-in-progress.