12-23-2013, 10:47 AM
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I'm late to this thread too and it's getting a bit old, but just thought I would throw my "two cents" in.
I agree with the poster that commented about your horse getting "beat up" by the studs. Probably just what he needed, crazy as it sounds.
Several years ago I bought a well bred weanling, brought him along slow with lots of ponying out on the trails and ground work. Started him bareback and saddled as a long two year old. Didn't start riding him until he was a three year old. That horse was a spook, no matter what I did. Terrific disposition and manners, but always "thought" he saw something and would spin and bolt. That was fun - NOT! LOL I really never knew which horse I was riding because one day he would be calm, cool and collected and the next day he would be "on the lookout" big time.
Finally when he was coming eight years and not improving, I decided to part with him. I had another young one coming up and I just knew this horse, although not intentionally, would hurt me one day. I did try to keep track of him though and found out he ended up being put in with another group of horses and was quite beat up when his new owner bought him. (long story) The new owners made a rope horse out of him and trail rode him some. I received a call from the gal wondering why I had ever parted with such a great horse.
Sometimes they just need to grow up. Sometimes they need a change of scenery and new owners. Not all horses are going to make great trail horses and are better suited to arena work where the environment is more controlled.
My heart would advise you to continue to look for a more suitable horse for yourself. You've been through too much with this horse already and it's going to be tough to "erase" that from your memory banks. Life is too short to risk injury on a horse that you know is very capable of doing you harm. Riding is dangerous enough on a "safe" horse. ;)