Skippin Gold Star is broke to ride, but really does not have any real talents. He has very little trail experience and has been mostly ridden as a lesson horse in an arena setting. I bought him in August of last year thinking I was going to get back into riding, and needed to replace my gelding that had gone blind in one eye. I am just not going to do enough riding to keep this beautiful horse penned up. My plans were to get him used to trails with my fellow riders and I will do that if he doesn't sell, but I would like to see him go somewhere where he will be used more than what I will.... (read more) The good: He stands still for grooming, saddling, mounting; he has a wonderfully smooth trot and lope; he backs well and side passes pretty good; he is beautiful with a two tone coat in the summer and a dappled coat in the winter; he is sound as far as I know (not had him vet checked). I took him to a neighbor's place once and we penned some cattle. He was fine around them and he did fine with the other horses we rode around that morning. He is also PHBA registered although neither the previous owner nor I bothered to transfer those papers into our names. The bad: He is not a people horse, meaning he doesn't care to be petted. He is grumpy at feeding time, pinning his ears when you put his feed out. He has never attempted to bite me or hurt me in any way when I feed, but he just looks mean with those ears pinned. Also, he is nervous on a trailer, pawing and has kicked my trailer before. He gets on fine, but wants to get right back off. Lastly, he is sort of lazy. Spurs are really necessary to make for a nice ride. Truthfully, I have ridden him only a handful of times since I got him and that was primarily in my round pen and his extended pasture (although I did ride him out in my neighbor's pasture when we penned those cows). He has been barefoot since I have had him, but I did see shoes on him in one of the photos from the previous owner. She is a 50+ year old lady who was a beginner rider wanting to learn western pleasure. I was told his gait is too fast for western pleasure, but more suited for English. It didn't help any that she is 5'4" and needed a stool to get up on him, so she was replacing him with a shorter horse. I have vaccinated him and regularly wormed him and he is easy to do those procedures on. I don't recommend him for young people unless they have plenty of riding experience. He is big and needs a firm hand, not a timid beginner. If you are that confident rider, I would love to answer any questions you may have. This boy needs a regular job and he will turn some heads for you! My price is firm. He was foaled at Singing Pines Plantation in GA. I have plenty more photos and some videos I can send if you are seriously interested.
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