I don't know how to make my point any clearer.
The OP's reply to posts suggesting that she sell the horse was that she won't because she knows that he's safe and cared for where he is - implying that she doesn't know for certain if he'd be safe and cared for if she sold him.
I can't argue with that because statistically, based on whatever numbers you believe, she's correct.
There are plenty of young healthy horses without problems that are shipped off the Mexico or Canada for slaughter so that doesn't give a lot of hope for a young healthy looking horse that's got a problem
It would be na´ve of me to believe that this horse has got a strong chance of going to a great forever home because I know from experience that he hasn't.
It would be wrong of me to lie to her and try to convince her otherwise.
If others actually do believe that this horse has more than a 30% chance of ending up in that great forever home then they can believe that all they want but it doesn't make it a fact.
Maybe things are different in Australia, its certainly a lot harder to get horses slaughtered in the UK due to passporting rules and restrictions but in the US those restrictions don't exist.
I'm not against her selling the horse as long as its sold in total honesty but I'm not going to sugar coat anything and tell her that the horse will get a good home because chances are it won't stay wherever she sells it if its problems don't go away.
There are two reasons why I say he should be sent back:
a. If the previous owner knew he had issues when they let him go then they passed him on dishonestly to an inexperienced teenager so they should have him back and take responsibility for the horse. If he really isn't 'fixable' then he's better of euthanized.
b. If he was genuinely OK with them then he would be better off back there until he can be found a more suitable home.
She actually seems to be mature enough to know that the odds of him going to a great forever home are slim, which is why she's reluctant to let him go. She's the one that has to deal with it if he doesn't, not me, not members of this forum.
She's also mature enough to know that she isn't safe around him when he's having these 'reactions'.
QUOTE: would also look into other neurological causes including Lyme Disease and brain tumors I'm sorry, you've lost me there. Am I missing something big that would cause you to think that?? And of course, IF the horse had a major neurological issue or such, i can understand you thinking he may be better off deadedů
If a horse starts to behave in a way that's out of character then health related reasons should always be the first to be explored.
According to the OP this horse was not a problem in his previous home and was travelling around to shows, doing well even under a very young rider. He certainly looks fine on the one video she put up of him. She says that even now he rides nicely so really his current behavior would class as being out of character if the previous owners were honest.
If we are to believe those facts then we have to try to understand why he's now behaving irrationally.
It would appear that:
It isn't being tied that bothers him because he does much the same thing when held by someone.
What seems to bother him is what's being done to him when he's tied that causes him to have an anxiety/panic attack and lose self control
He could be tied to a tree with a non-breakaway system but as
pointed out - tying someone up in a graveyard won't cure them of being afraid of graveyards.
I thought he might be terribly buddy sour but apparently he is the same when still close to his buddy.
His anxiety seems to start when he's being groomed or being tacked up. That's not normal in a horse that was shown a lot unless it was something they dealt with in some way, though the previous owners say he was not like this when they had him.
If that's true then the obvious next line of thinking must be why is he suddenly so afraid of being groomed/touched?
Horses with Lyme Disease can become incredibly over sensitive to being touched and will go from being super normal to trying to avoid contact to lashing out in quite a short space of time if they develop that symptom.
Horse that are very deficient in Vit E can do the same.
Horses in pain somewhere in their body can over react to touch and being saddled
Horse with brain tumors behave irrationally - worst case scenario I know, but I've had two experiences of brain tumors in horses and both started out quite similar to the way this horse is behaving.