So I have a situation: I'm a hunter/eq rider, and last year I leased a horse to show. This horse is a 9 year old Hanoverian with Olympic bloodlines. He has the most amazing jump, which makes his nasty ground manner (biting, kicking) worth to put up with.However, that didn't really work out, because a month after the lease began, this horse, Astro, turned up lame. We got him front right leg x-rayed and ultra sounded and found that he has a bone deformity in his leg (enlarged and eroded sesamoid bone), which causes damage to the ligaments in his leg if he continues to undergo intense jumping. So we got him shockwave therapy to fix the ligament. And things actually got worse. Before the treatment was over, he stepped on a nail and had to be rushed to a vet clinic. His body was flushed, he had multiple MRIs, and stayed in the clinic for a week. When he came back, he went to our local vet's backyard barn in order to have both of his injuries properly taken care of. Astro came back to my barn 4 months later, and slowly was brought back to work. His nail injury was completely healed. By this past December, he was cantering, while the vets decided that it would be better for him if he was to stop jumping (due to the bone deformity, he would need therapy every year, or eventually destroy his ligament all together), so we began to train him for dressage. He has beautiful extensions, collections, shoulder-ins, half passes, and he is just learning turns on the haunches. However, he still has his nasty behavior. Though Astro never hurt me, he would definitely scare off someone with less confidence. But his rideability is excellent, his gaits are smooth, and he has so much potential to succeed. So now, my year lease is over. His owner does not know what to do with him, because he is good to be a school horse but his manners and injuries would prevent anyone else from taking him in. Is as offered to adopt him, but I cannot support another horse. Therefore, I have a question for you all: if you could acquire this horse (for free), might you still do so considering his manners and injuries? Do you think that a school would accept him as a flat or dressage horse? I am trying to find him the best home possible, but I'm not even sure if anyone would want him at all.
Thank you for reading my long story! I know it must’ve been tiring but I really do appreciate any advice!