^^ Have to say, I agree. OP-if you insist on keeping him, use him to practice groundwork….and as a pasture puff. I love my horse too, and if he was acting like this I would seriously be examining my options. If I had endless pots of $$, I would keep him to look at-if he is seriously THAT sweet. If not-I would either try and rehome him with full disclosure, or put him down if none can train him. NO animal is worth my life or that of a family member or friend. NONE.
I would say its time to either send the horse to training or better yet send yourself and the horse to training. The horse is rearing, bucking and knows it can get people off it and cause them injury. I think you and the horse may be past the point where advice from strangers on the internet is helpful.
I am a bit confused as to why a sore muscle required a year off, unless it was more than a sore back muscle. I would rule out pain and seek hands on help. If that hands on help says its time to move on I would consider selling only if the appropriate home can be found. If not than euthanize this horse because as Franknbeans says no horse is worth dying over. I know that is not the answer you want to hear and I can respect this. You sound young and you are clearly very attached to this horse and that is a wonderful thing. I just don't think that any horse is worth being seriously injured over. I regard horses as fun and enriching to my life, if I start being afraid of a horse or risk being injured at random times by a horse than its not fun. Which means something needs to change.
Well I'm afraid I have different views to you all! I would easily give my life for an animal. To me he's worth being seriously injured and I would never put him to sleep. No chance!
I would rather get seriously injured than sell him, and I'm not young check my profile, I'm a zoologist.
Your taking him the wrong way. He's a darling to handle on the ground as is so loving towards me it's unbelievable! Sometimes I take him out and he is good as gold, other times he's very bad, he's bit crazy or a danger that's just somebody's opinion on him.
Just a thought, but if I had a horse like this, I would not sell them. I would feel too guilty if something happened to the next person, even with full disclosure. Some horses just need a little more work. Find a trainer, to work with you and the horse. Give him as much turnout as possible (ideally 24/7 pasture) and keep him in full work. If you cannot keep him in full work, turn him into a pasture pet (if you can afford it). Some of the most difficult horses, once you put the time and effort in, turn into really nice horses.
Loving your answers SullysRider! I promise you all he's not bad enough to kill me! I've taken some of the good advice given like more work and getting a trainer! I can get on him with no tack in the stable and paddock and he's sound out hacking he's sound, it's just school work he's not good with...
Thanks for all the advice but I couldn't sell him or put him to sleep ever! I love him too dearly:)