Giving up on a horse while rehabbing injury???
Well, I'm posting under an alter as I feel like a horrible person for even contemplating this idea. But, has anyone ever given up on their horse while the horse is rehabbing from an injury?
Here’s the background: I’ve owned said horsey for approximately 6 years. I bought horsey as a fun project to bring along. Horse was young and had an inconsistent back ground, but I’m experienced and have brought up babies in the past (albeit not recently), so I thought I was up for the challenge. He was very difficult to break, but with the help of good trainers for several years horsey has become a pretty good guy. He’s actually pretty talented at his job, but requires me to be a type of rider that I am naturally not. Horse is pretty strong and if you’re not always really riding the pants out of him he will take over the ride. For me, it is not pleasant. I am an adult amateur who works really hard to support my fun habit, but it’s just not fun for me on this horse. And although we have had some good days together, I feel like my confidence has been knocked and it’s not really fair to either of us to keep struggling over the same issues.
So, over the winter I decided I would get horsey going again this spring and try to find him a loving home where his quirks won’t matter. But, over the winter my horse had a fall and ended up needing a bone chip removed. He had the surgery and we’re currently hand walking. He is better for others than he is for me. I’ve been kicked twice and I’m to the point where I’m terrified even to hand walk him. I dread going to the barn everyday and I’m paying someone a lot of my fun horsey money just to walk him. He is to be started walking under saddle next week and I’m already not sure how I can bring myself to get back on him. I feel like I’m stuck between a rock and a hard place. I really only want what is best for him. He is a really sweet horse, but he’s got my number. We’re just not the best match.
If you’ve made it through my sniveling tail this far, thank you for reading! I feel like I’m stuck between a rock and a hard place. So, has anyone ever given up while their horse is rehabbing from an injury?