Actually I think you already know what to do, you just need validation. I'm very attached to my animals but I have no qualm about selling a horse that isn't a good fit for me. I've found that no matter how much I love riding, I find myself avoiding it just because I don't like the horse I would ride. That is not doing the horse or me any good.
Re-home the horse and find one that suits you. You will both be better off in the long run.
Posted by twh:
A gaited horse naturally travels at a speed that is faster than a trotting horse. Trying to get him to slow down to the speed of a trotting horse may get in the way of his gaits if you're not experienced w/gaited horses, and besides, it's not fair to the horse
She said the horse was not gaited. Posted via Mobile Device
I have to say that I would sell it. If you don't click with a horse within the first two days of knowing it, you probably never will COMPLETELY click with it. You may get to know it well enough to appreciate it and maybe even like it, but you will probably never LOVE it. My horse and I have a wonderful relationship, and I would never sell him even if I was starving and needed the money for food.
Anyways, back to your dilemma (sorry for the random side story). Yes. Sell the horse. He will find a home who totally loves and admires him, and who "clicks" with him. Not to say that you don't love him, but the new owners might have a better purpose for him than you, and it would be better for him to be sold to a place that wants all of his traits that he naturally has.
I really appreciate the feedback from you all. Thanks! I think I just needed to hear other horsey people confirm what I already knew. I know at the end of the day I need a horse I am in love with, and he needs an owner who is equally in love with him.
I've decided to keep him this summer and put him up for sale in the fall. It's hard to say that outloud, but it's the right thing to do.
I hope I can find what I am looking for one day. I do enjoy this horse because as someone else stated, a horse that will cheerfully ride out alone is a great thing, and that is a criteria for me in choosing a horse. I don't like horses that are nervous about riding out alone or are buddy sour.
Wish me luck in finding him a great home maybe this coming September. I will be extremely careful finding him a good home.