Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: British Columbia
Ultimately I think riding needs to be something you do for pleasure.
I owned a horse that just wasn't the right fit through and through. He was dangerous under saddle, absolutely loathed arena work but was a happy camper on the trail under a Western saddle. I got some help from a trainer and COULD have sent him to a professional, but I still believe we wouldn't have been 'happy' together. I wanted an English competitive mount, he wanted to settle with a happy hacker. I gave him away to some guy who does just that- THEN I leased a complete dead-head, super calm, totally obedient TB mare before I bought Jackson, she was absolutely perfect on the ground and under saddle but she had NO 'excitement' about her and what personality she did have was as 'snooty' as a horse could be. Not to mention she retained some track vices, most notably the fact that she would not. Shut. Up.
She was the perfect horse, but she wasn't perfect for me, so I ended the lease and bought Jackson. His conformation isn't as nice as hers was, he fits 'chestnut hot head' perfectly, and he gets grumpy when it's hot out BUT I feel confident and 'safe' on him, and I know I found the horse that is right. He's competitive, quick, an 'exciting' ride. It took a couple horses, but now I ENJOY riding again.
That said, I don't think selling your current horse and finding a new horse that works for you is a bad idea at all if you don't think this horse will work out in the long run. If you think you will be able to mesh under saddle after some training has been put into her, then find a professional. Either choice is the ride choice, so long as it makes riding a 'happy' sport.