Sell/Keep ??? -Opinions Needed-
I acquired this horse 2 falls ago, she was given to me because her owner didn't have time for her and knew that me and her fit really well together. Well before she was given to me she was accidentally bred. She ended up producing a stunning filly that I was going to sell as a weanling but then I realized I could use it as a training project for 4-h. My neighbor who I'm really close to; he could be mistaken for my grandpa we are that close always talks about Storm (horse I acquired), he hates her guts and always tells my mom I need to sell her and stuff. I kind of got convinced also but found different reasons such as- I'm 5'8 (and growing) and I look at bit big on her, and she knows her games but would just like to canter them not run them. I've had her up for over 2 months and have got a zillion phones calls but only one person has came and looked.
The filly, named Twista, I really love. Not just because she is a cute little foal but she has a nice build to her and has a really nice disposition unlike her sister. I can use her as a training project for 4-h plus she is half Thoroughbred which I really like.
Storm... she has had a rough life. But a little background...
Breed: Arab X ??? (People have suggested everything from Appy, Morgan, QH, TB)
Height: Just under 15.1hh
Her first owner was a very hard handed person. Always jerked on her and so forth where now whenever you lead her she has her ears pinned back, not threatening just saying she doesn't enjoy it. She is the only horse I love to ride bareback. We found out that she knows Barrels, Poles, Jumping Figure 8, & Keyhole but the fastest she will go is a canter. She also has a strange passion for jumping. Her owner was telling me a story once of when she was running her and Storm wasn't behaving her so of course whips/spurs were brought out, heavy hands, etc... So I think Storm is just afraid to run thinking she is going to get in trouble. She has a really nice trot once you get her working and a nice easy canter. She needs some work neck reining and stopping (big time!). She has never had her teeth floated and she still has her wolf teeth. I no longer ride her in a bit, I use a hackamore for the teeth reason. She also has a lovely mane when she doesn't rub it off on the bale feeder and when it gets tended to.
I'm asking $900 on her but not really any big interest. There is a special bond between us and I feel like if I sold her I would be giving up on her. I'm not selling her for behavioral reasons, more because my neighbor hates her and is always convincing my mom and me. I have shown my neighbors horses the last 2 years and the one I dearly love. I mean me and her fit like a puzzle piece and I know I couldn't live without her but she is a full Thoroughbred and might have some arthritis. So if I sold Storm it wouldn't be like I wouldn't have a horse to ride her has like 4 riding horses.
I ride western mostly so I do Western Pleasure/Horsemanship/Trail, and gaming but I have also started doing English and would like to get into jumping. But I like to go trail riding also :)
So a few questions:
1) What is your opinion? Sell Storm or Twista?
2) What is involved and about how much does getting wolf teeth removed cost?
3) Do you think Storm would be one to continue on or move on?
4) I've tagged some photos along, could you maybe critique her conformation? *Pics are about a year old. Sorry!* (Her head is usually level when practicing, not sky high)
Thank you sooo much!