Update to Make You Smile post#30
Looking for a tactful, experienced rider willing to make a commitment to bringing this horse back into work. Lyon is a 13 year-old 16.3H Swedish Warmblood gelding competed to 4th Level. He is sound physically, but was (seemingly) pushed too hard and has trust issues. He was donated to a college riding program which tried using him in a community beginner lesson program and it nearly undid him...kept in a 10'x 10' window-less stall, fed sweet feed and limited hay and water, very limited turnout. I took him home to give him a year off with plenty of turn-out and hay. He is a different horse now on the ground: curious, affectionate, enjoys your company. We've started him back into work slowly because he was so jealous watching the other horses work (slowly because he's also so damned FAT from his year off!). He will require a dressage rider who is kind, patient, willing to wait for results, and not intimidated by a big horse - I'd be willing to make this a permanent free lease for the right situation. Needs full day or full night turnout, little grain, lots of hay. Would like to keep him reasonably close and would take him back if needed.
Thinking outside the box....or arena ;)
Maybe he'd rather be a hill-topping fox hunter?
Hill-topping doesn't jump - but even so, many hunts have go-arounds their jumps, so he could perhaps do second flight too if he liked it. If he can handle the mental aspect of it (standing relatively quietly after galloping) being out in the fields and woods with other horses might give him a good change of attitude about working with people. The green hunt horses do learn a lot from watching each other and you'd have the self preservation element working in your favor (the field is galloping off...not too many horses will stay behind and leave themselves open to predators).
Might be a good choice for a horse with a sour attitude and doesn't canter.