I love this horse. He's the sweetest thing. He can read emotions like crazy, is a all around pleasure horse, and has SO much potential. He's over worked and has straight beginners on him flopping around, jabbing him, hurting his mouth and back, and have ruined the training I have put into him..
Here's the big kicker. I have been looking into purchasing for awhile now. I want to do Hunter Pleasure (flat), trails, and some Dressage. I don't want to do high levels, just small shows or schooling shows and for fun. I wanted to purchase a horse 100% trained in this, but haven't had the money up front yet. The school has no intention selling this horse, but I am confident with the relationship they see between us and a reasonable offer they will be ecstatic to have him go and replace him with another horse.
So, do I take him in, basically save him and give him the good (actually cared for) life and either retrain him (I put 6 months training him to be a show horse but now he's used for straight beginners who have ruined him) then sell him to a 100% approved home by me or keep him permanently? He's half-Arabian, and I do Arabian shows, so that's perfect, we click, know each other well, and I know he can do Sport horse or HP easily and would respond well to Dressage training. If I don't want him, I wouldn't mind rehoming him to a loving, understanding home and FULLY understand I won't make profit and may not break even.
Should I stick to a well-trained horse that I can immediately compete with and remember horses are working animals and they all cannot be 'saved', or should I take the plunge with him who has incredible potential and 'save' him?
Opinions, thoughts, stories, anything to help with the decision would be excellent! Thank you all!