Impressive Thoroughbred gelding. He never had anything to do with the racetrack. as athletic as they come with incredible potential in most directions, especially as an eventer, fox hunter, cross country jumper or dressage horse, and he could also excel at endurance riding. He is well on his way to being a western bridle horse, he would be great working stock, he could do competitive trail, you name it.
He is a big muscular Thoroughbred with a sweet, gentle, sensitive nature. This boy wants to please. He is lovely to handle and has nice manners. He stands tied for hours, good for farrier, good for trailering, good for baths, good for the vet. etc. He gets along well with other horses and is not a fighter.
He is already a fabulous trail horse. He is forward, brave, confident and sure footed. He goes out alone or with other horses. He can lead or follow. He handles terrain and obstacles like a champ. He goes over downed logs, climbs rock faces, crosses bridges, crosses water. He will go wherever you ask him to and keeps a good mind about him. He'll jump obstacles when asked to, and otherwise will step over them quietly. He has incredible stamina.
He rides Western and English, most of his recent training has been in Western tack and a bosal and/or snaffle.
Western, he can neck rein and rides nicely off a long loose rein or more contact. We have been slowly working on developing collection and self carriage.
He backs, leg yields, side passes, turns on his haunches and forehand.
He has been started over jumps and loves jumping. He has great scope and is careful with his feet.
He has great brakes and stops of your seat and breath.
He is extremely sensitive. He is not appropriate for a beginner or sloppy rider, he needs a savvy rider. Every movement is significant to him, he listens to your whole body, and appreciates lightness. A kick or squeeze can be too loud for him if used with inappropriate timing or application. He definitely doesn't need spurs. He is extremely amenable to cue and suggestion of movement, which makes him an excellent candidate for dressage.
He is a big mover. Picks up both leads. Started working on lead changes and has been hailing them.
He did experience abuse in training earlier in his life. He was ridden too heavily off his mouth and was locked down with a martingale. He has just gone through four months of retraining which has cleared his residual trauma from that abusive training. He has started working in a snaffle again and is doing great.
He has begun basic dressage training.
We prefer he go to a home that will continue to develop him to his potential.
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