It really pains me to type this. I don't want to sell my horse at all, but I am going away to college (Truman State University) in less than two months and the fact is, if I can't figure out what to do with my horse, I'm going to have to find a home for her. I still feel like I have some hope, I'm checking out boarding stables nearby seeing if I can get a job to keep paying her fees. I also have a friend who knows someone who lives up near Kirksville and I'm waiting to hear back from them. However, my parents are really pushing the whole "sell her" thing, and so, just in case, I have come to you all for help.
If you check out Sienna's profile, you'll see that she hasn't exactly had the best background. She wasn't started as a baby and was treated badly for years, which gave her some bad habits. I also know nothing about her parentage; she's most likely a mix of quarter horse and morgan. Some people think she has arab but I don't really know. She has a few scars on her; you can tell she's been cut pretty badly on her front leg and on one of her hocks at some point in her life. The injuries don't seem to hinder her, though.
She's been my project horse for almost a year now (she was given to me). People at my boarding stables don't believe that it's the same horse. She has such a willing attitude to learn, and she's just fine with not being the dominant one in the relationship. She wants to do the right thing and is EXTREMELY smart and quick in figuring out what that is. She is more of an energetic horse, which is fine as long as there's an experienced rider on her. She's never reared or bucked.
She loves trail riding a lot; she has the heart of an explorer. She has no problem trying new things. She collects up very well at the walk and the trot (the lope is her not-so-great aspect, we're still working on that). She has a great stop on her and can rollback well. She'll open gates, go over poles, etc.
I've never sold a horse before. My question is this: how do I take a horse like the one I described above, my project horse, and find a good home for her? Is this even possible? I need something like: "WANTED: cute horse with unknown lineage for a patient, very experienced rider looking for a project horse. Not interested in breed shows or conformation. Just a horse to take care of and love on."
I know the economy's awful right now and people don't want to buy un unfinished horse that was started late when they can get a finished one for pretty cheap. I'm not interested getting a lot of money, I just want her to have a good home.
I really don't want to have to do this