Over the years I have occasionally had this happen, and I'm always grateful when the buyer returns the horse to me. This is my way of ensuring that the horse will always be safe and never end up sold "down the road". This weekend Rush came back to Bit of Honey after life got in the way, and we are so happy to have him back!
Rush is beginner safe, and has been content as a husband horse on several occasions. He has lots of experience trail riding and is fun to ride in the arena as well. He is sixteen years old and about 16.1 hands tall. He is a retired racehorse, an appendix (thoroughbred/quarter horse) who is one of the kindest souls I've worked with. He is easy to handle on the ground and while riding, and despite being out of work for at least six months, he was remarkably good for me when I got on him today. He does have several large melanomas, but they have been thoroughly examined by the veterinarian and an ultrasound done on them. Rush was given a clean bill of health and we were told there's no reason he wouldn't be happy and riding for another ten years.
My plan is to work him into the lesson program since he is quiet for beginners as well as gentle and sound. If the right person shows up I would consider selling him, but otherwise I'm very pleased to have him back in the barn as a lesson horse. Now for a warm day to get this grey horse sparkly white again!
Here is his video with me riding this morning after who knows how much time off. He was well behaved, and despite being out of shape he felt good enough to try to play some with the dogs!