This has not been an easy decision to take, so no judging please.
We've decided that the best thing for Big Daddy and for us would be to have him re-homed with a family that has more horses and training knowledge/facilities.
BD is turning into a bully with his stable mate, Black - biting him on the back for no reason, blocking his access to the shelter when it rains, blocking him from food. He took on the role of alpha in a pack of two when his natural state is to be a follower in a pack of many and it's causing everyone stress.
He's getting too big for his box in the stable and hates being stuck in there when the weather is bad - I cannot fanthom getting through the winter like this as we cannot keep rebuilding things he accidentally destroys with his giant size :-(
But mostly, he will need a lot of work with a professional trainer to break him of his fears - months of intensive work with someone who knows how to deal with these things. He's a gentle soul who is too scarred, too messed up for the likes of this novice horse owner... I wouldn't be able to ride him for another year, if ever. And I see broken bones (mine) in the process.
He's too much horse for me :-(
As he was my very first, I didn't know anything about this at the time - all I knew was that this sweetheart needed a home and fast. It all got done in a day, the immediate focus being on his health and well-being. And get well he did! He's gained a good 400 lbs since his arrival here almost four months ago and as you all know, his life has been nothing but sweet here.
I'll make sure he goes to a good home who will know how to work him and give him a proper, balanced life. In return we are looking to adopt another gelding, a smaller and older one who's been ridden before and will better fit into our life here.
Please wish us luck cuz this ain't easy :-/