Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: South of No-where
No one can tell you what you should do - that has to be your decision, but here are a few things to keep in mind.
First - you have only had him 6 weeks. It can take a horse almost that many months to fully settle into their new home and show what they really can give. He is most likely in the testing phase right now.
How is he when you guys go riding out alone or with just one or two other horses? If he is not used to riding in a group, then that is something you need to build up to. You don't necessarily need a trainer for that if he does well with just a couple horses. Start with a small group and then slowly increase the size of your group over several rides. Now this may also be determined by your riding experience. Are you a complete beginner? Then maybe you will want to sell him for something that is ready to go now. Or are you a decent rider who can ride out some little silliness and testing? If so, then you may want to stick it out yourself.
In addition - his rough trot may or may not smooth out. It may be just a matter of getting him conditioned so he can collect himself. However, he may never smooth out. Can you handle a rough trot? My husband's horse is very rough, but he doesn't seem to care since he doesn't trot much anyways. I, on the other hand, do a lot of trot work and prefer a smooth trot.
Also with his bucking - double check your tack and make sure it is fitting properly. If its not, it may not be a case of the horse acting out, but the horse in pain.
Finally, we are entering fall and winter months. These months can be some of the hardest to sell a horse in. However, it is also sometimes when you can find the best deals on horses as well. So that could be a toss-up. Heck, you may even want to do the put him up for sale and if he sells, then he sells, if he doesn't, then he doesn't.
All I pay my psychiatrist is cost of feed and hay, and he'll listen to me any day!