Canyon/Prince is going home in the morning. And, because it's such a good situation, I only feel a *little* guilty that I'm already shopping.
What to come along?
Hawk's Texas Ranger is a 15yo, 14.3hh Sorrel. He looks like John Wayne's "Dollar"! Ranger is fearless on the trail. He is set in his gait and super smooth. Ranger is an easy Keeper and is currently barefoot. This horse is 100% sound and ready to go!
I think I saw him on another listing and his energy is too high. Like a 7.
But I was thinking if I got a gaited horse, my husband could ride him (Adam has a bad back) and I would ride Lily.
But then again, I hear gaited horses tend to leave quarters behind, which wouldn't work with Lily when Sierra and I trail ride. That's my experience with Rudy, his Paso just eats up the ground! Takes a solid trot to keep up.
From a group called Hill Country Horses in Briggs. Supposedly they specialize in beginner horses. Anyone ever hear of them?
They actually have two, one's a mare (listed below). I think I'd rather have a gelding, but really, it's about personality.
River is a 7 year old Buckskin paint gelding. He stands at 14.3 hands and has a nice build. He's so friendly he will follow you around the pasture and he's super gentle. He is easy to load, trim, bathe, tie, saddle, bridle or do anything with. He stands calmly for mounting and is calm and relaxed when you are riding him. He was purchased a year ago in hopes to turn him into a barrel horse but this guy it just too laid back and would rather walk than run. So we've just been trail riding him. He will lope when you ask him, he just prefers slower gaits. He has never bucked and has no bad habits or vices. Current coggins, vaccines and had his teeth floated. If you want a super gentle horse without any issues, one that is flashy & unique in color, this horse is fantastic! Stays fat on hay alone too. Priced to sell at $2000 and won't be getting any cheaper!
It's weird. He looks a little like Canyon and that is sort of ... sad?
Here's the mare they have.
10yo APHA Mare “Charmers Gold Duck” ~ 15HH. Super sweet mare, ties, loads, bathes, and stands for the farrier. Super gentle disposition. Aria neck reins, stops well, backs, knows her leads, does flying lead changes, and rides bareback. She is started on the barrel pattern and is trotting and loping it nicely, she just needs to be hauled. UPDATE: We have hauled her to 3 jackpots and she is coming along nicely! A 9 year old rode her at a playday and they did fine together. She is learning the patterns and picking up speed! She is calm out on trails and is fine with traffic. On a scale of 1-10 (1 being bone lazy and 10 being highly spirited)...she is probably a 3. Aria is a super nice mare that is extremely smart and ready to continue on in barrels or any other discipline. She has no bad habits and has never bucked or reared, bit or kicked. 100% sound and healthy guaranteed! Vet checks welcome! You will never know she is a mare.....acts like a gelding! NO BAD HABITS OR VICES! Kids that know how to ride can ride her without any problems. She is super easy to handle! This is a great price for a mare with her looks, pedigree, handle, and disposition! Great barefoot hooves...no metal shoes needed! Very pretty lady with nice conformation and good bloodlines!
Then there's this one:
I’m selling a beautiful Palomino Overo mare. Born 5/1/1996, so just turned 13 yrs old, and is 14.3h tall. Has been ridden by all levels of riders and does great. She’s had many years of trail riding in the mountains in Tennessee, and continues to trail ride for me on the road and around all sorts of things. No bad habits, kick, bite, buck, or rear. Doesn’t spook at anything and has no shoes. She gets a Barefoot mustang trim. Great with the farrier, vet, etc. Loads into the trailer like a breeze, even a straight load trailer. Has wonderful ground manners...Ties, clips, bathes. She’s a laid-back, slow mover for anyone who’s looking to take a nice relaxed ride, PERFECT for a beginner rider. Because she has been a trail horse all of her life, she excels in this area and prefers to just walk and trot. If you're looking for a faster horse that can lope or gallop on the drop of a dime, she is not the horse for you. She would work the best for someone just looking for a nice, safe, easy going trail horse, and nothing fancy or over the top like shows or barrel racing.
She is UTD on literally everything I can think of, and got her hooves done on 5/17. She really loves attention and to eat. She works the best off of leg pressure and used to know how to neck rein, so with a little work, she could easily neck rein again. She rides the best in a butterfly bit, or any SIMPLE snaffle. She will ride by herself or in groups just fine. She’s had a foal in the past and was a great mother, so she would also make a great broodmare for anyone who wanted to breed her. I didn’t own her during this period, but I do have a picture.
Her sire is a really nice money earning halter horse. Here is her online pedigree:
She and her sire are registered with the APHA, and her Dam was registered in the NFQHA.
I like it when there's so much information. Feels like you are getting the whole story.
They all seem like wonderful horses.
Thing is I'm not sure how to go through this process. I'm completely gun shy.
Keep in mind, the last time I had trainers look at the horse, had a vet check, rode many, many times. Every trainer said he was fine. I had a 30 day out clause. Problems cropped up, but I didn't realize their extent.
Now I know better what to test - but didn't the trainers?
I wish I could know their history.
I just wish I knew someone personally selling a horse, knew their horse like I do Lily (who is doing well, but does have to be kept ridden. She gets buddy sour and has to be brought down to earth on occasion. We had a long round pen session last night after her being off for a couple weeks).
Sigh. Maybe I'll just buy a horse trailer.
Okay, okay. Discipline.
I want: A seasoned trail horse that I can trust, that's a little of a pocket pony, up to 15.2 hands, no smaller than 14.1. Western pleasure training is nice, but mostly neck reins, side passes, will lope if asked, but happy to trot all day.
I think I'll pass on gaited horses. Since Adam got his Harley, he's not much into horse back riding. And if all we are doing is trail riding, we won't do much bouncing. If we go gaited, I think we have to go ALL gaited. Does that make sense?
Any views on the subject?