This post is really difficult for me to write. I am considering selling Boomer. I love him very much and we have come so far together, but I am not sure he is the horse for me. He is a great arena horse, and he could be a great trail horse with a lot of work and a more confident rider. I just don't enjoy riding him anymore. I know it will always be a fight unless we stay in the arena. I like riding in the arena, but that isn't why I bought him. I like working through tough spots with him and training him, but I just don't want to fix this. Whatever 'this' is. Be it barn sour, or just too excitable on the trail, I just am not the person to fix it. I want something reliable on the trail. I envy my friends who don't hesitate to drop the reins to fix their ponytail as we walk along the trail.
I am hesitant to give up on him, because I know he is unique and he needs someone who understands him. I don't want to sell him in to an abusive home or a home where he is not appreciated.
I am also hesitant because I know he can be great some day and I would love to be his proud owner when he is 10 years old and a shining star. However, he needs someone who can lead the way for him and I don't think I am that person.
Right now, I just want a horse I can hop on and go for a ride with my friends without cutting their ride short or limiting the areas we can ride. I want a horse I can trust. I want a horse who goes where I point them.
I posted an ad on craigslist to just see if there was a market for a horse like Boomer in this area. I am also going to post on equinenow.com and dreamhorse.com. I am pretty sure this is the right next step. Though, I would also be very happy leasing him out to the right person. Or, if there is no interest, I guess we will just keep on working.
Here is his craigslist ad: