So, I bought a Welsh pony as a weanling because I wanted a small horse to be a glorified pet. I had no riding or competition goals for the foreseeable future. I had a Welsh growing up and he was super chill and loved lounging around after I outgrew him. I had in my mind that I'd let him grow up, then do ground work with him, and MAYBE someday have him trained to drive. I like doing dumb things like in-hand obstacle courses and taking horses for long walks like they're dogs. Pony was ridiculously miserable. He was like a fire-breathing dragon with so much energy he could run for hours and barely be winded. He was happy while I was there but literally stared at the house and whinnied when I wasn't. Bored. Yet he was also super sweet and pretty much my dream horse as far as looks go. I went back and forth about selling him for over a year. I'd list him for a while, get offended at the replies and take him down. Decide to keep him forever and ever and then he'd do something else that highlighted he was a horrible fit for my life and relist him. Long story short, I finally bit the bullet and listed him for good when he was 3. He was bought by a rodeo family with a big cattle farm that breeds Quarter Horses last September. Their 9 year old son does tons of youth rodeo stuff and they have a 1 year old daughter. They said the son would train the pony so that he'd be a nice broke pony by the time the girl was 5 or so and ready for her own horse. It was so hard selling him. I can't really overstate enough how much I loved that horse. He drove me crazy sometimes but he was SPECIAL. The buyer had added me on facebook and I never bothered her or messaged her (I hate clingy ex-owners) but hugely appreciated that she did. I get to see periodic photos or videos of him as he comes along. I'm making this thread because yesterday they posted a video of him standing ground tied, 100% loose, while their son jumps up on his back. The pony didn't even FLINCH. He just calmly looked at the kid and went back to standing there. And then the kid proceeded to canter him through a series of circles. Super soft aids, riding the pony very considerately. And pony looked like he was having the time of his LIFE. Ears up, calm yet excited. In his element. It made me cry, with happiness, because I knew then I'd made the right choice. Some horses love being pasture pets and some aren't happy unless they have a job. I'm sorry for this ramble but I had to get it off my chest. I'm so glad that horse found a family that gives him what he needs which is constant stimulation and a job to do, with kids to love him and show him. My fancy little Welsh from hunter and driving lines is going to be a kids rodeo gaming pony and they said he's cowy too and learning to help sort cows! My mind was blown! lol So... I've seen a lot of threads where people make bold claims like one of their horses (especially foals) will NEVER be for sale, and I can just say while the sentiment is sweet, sometimes it's genuinely in the horse's best interests to go to a new home. Never be afraid of admitting you aren't the right fit and letting the horse go. Sometimes they spread their wings and flourish somewhere else.