Originally Posted by Valentina
I wouldn't take him free at this point - 9 years old and rank green? If I were selling him I'd price him at $200 and hope he meat price isn't worth it.
Sorry - not what you were wanting to hear but a PONY is generally though of a kid's ride - and that means MANNERS are a MUST! Fix his issues, get him pushbutton W/T/C then his price would go up quickly.
Hard truth to face there, but it IS true. He's too small to be worth something to an experienced rider looking for a "project horse". I highly doubt, if you have had him all this time, that you will be able to get him to the level where he could be a safe child's mount by next year, if ever. As SR said, a reactive horse will always be a reactive horse. I have the same issues with my abused rescue pony. He's pretty, but pretty doesn't make much for market value. With a good couple years serious, daily effort put in, he might make a good pony clubber for an experienced
youth. But that means putting in a lot more effort (and $$ on a good trainer) than you have given him thus far, with not too much of a return on the cost put out. But he is your responsibility, you raised this horse, it's your job to give him the best possible chance at a future, rather than just unloading him because you can't be bothered.