I just want to hear some opinions here. I have a clients horse who came to me, 8 years old, has 2 years of unknown history and the only knowledge prior doesn't appear to be the problems root. Last year, she bought this horse with the knowledge that he had had a wreck and bucks. No idea what happened.
SO. I offered to take him ( I normally do not do problem horses) because of his breed and knowing their minds as I've grown up with them. He was very fearful and is quite quirky. I noticed when he came, she had done some solid groundwork but that he grinded his teeth non stop when you were handling him. Great, so spent 5 days in the round pen getting him to play and socialize some and the grinding quit. Every time you asked something out of his comfort zone, that would be the only time you would see it. No big deal. Spent 3 weeks on the ground before I got on him. I have now been riding him for 3. He has moved along very nicely.. but that fear is still on edge and sometimes I worry it may trigger. He scoots when you get on, first off, as though assuming something is going to happen, so I just sit and ride it. The issue left appears to be mounting up. Some days he is good, other days I have to continue to work him before I go to mount. He has gone walk/trot/canter in the round pen, which is huge progress from the way he came and trot/canter has only been last week.
His owner will be coming out this week and we will chat about whats next. But my question is for you guys, at what point would you say that it is not worth the time and money to attempt to rehab a horse who may never truly be 100%? How long would you spend on a horse like him or suggest to the owner on spending? Suggestions?
I feel like at this point, its up to the owner for him. If she has the confidence and time to spend, great. He definitely wont be a 3 day a week horse for some time.