also my thought. My mother's mare is the sweetest ranch bred & broke QH mare you will ever meet with a gelding's personality and a can do no wrong attitude. Yet put some ill fitting tack on her, and a heavy enough rider, and she turns into a raging bronc.
Either this horse has some pain issues or the seller was not honest and lied about the horse.
In any case, blaming the horse is silly. One of the golden rules of horsemanship is that it is never the horse's fault. There is always a reason for behavior. That doesn't necessarily mean that you caused the behavior though. But it is up to us to figure out why they act the way they do.
Anthropomorphizing a bit here, but how would you react if you were with a bunch of strange foreigners and you did not speak their language, and they suddenly started causing you pain? And the body language hints you give (ex. arm waving for humans) they pay no attention to?
said, you could sell him on and try another. You would get far more for him if you sent him to a trainer first to fix his problems. However, I am one who believes in figuring out a problem rather than just dumping it to get a different problem.
As for being done with horses, of course that is entirely up to you. I'll give you a few reasons why horses are good for people though:
*They build your self-confidence
*They improve your ability to be firm and to the point
*They force you to think through a problem in a variety of ways
*They give you drive and ambition, aka a 'can-do' attitude
*They improve logical and critical thinking
*They get you outside
*Caring for them and riding is a great form of exercise
*Many people find them to be calming and therapeutic
This is aside from all of the different things that you can do with them.
Personally for me, finding a solution to a horse problem is always one of the most rewarding and exciting experiences of my life. Horses are like a giant puzzle that never ends as there is always something to be solved. I guess that's why I'm bored when I don't have them.
At any rate, please update this thread with your decision. I'm sure I'm not the only one who's curious of the outcome.
God Bless and be safe, whatever you decide.