She is a beautiful, 12 or 13-year-old, 14.2/14.3h golden palomino quarter horse that stays golden all year long and has the prettiest, little baby doll head. She has excellent ground manners, which is a necessity at our home because we have a lot of small children. My 6-year-old catches her, grooms her, and tacks her up independently. She lifts her hooves with a light touch. She leads beautifully – walks when I walk, trots when I speed up, and stops quickly when I whoa.... (read more) She has a good bit of natural horsemanship training under her belt. She flexes laterally. She yields her hindquarters and forequarters easily without a touch. She backs up without a touch. She understands pressure and how to get release from it. She learns quickly. When she doesn’t want to do something (since horses have opinions), she doesn’t pitch a fit or exhibit explosive or dangerous behavior. It usually takes nothing more than a couple light corrections or a firm “no.” In the herd, she is mid to low in the pecking order and likes to be quiet and drama-free. By nature, she is meek and mild. When I treat the other horses in her pasture, she doesn’t push her way to the front. She looks hopeful but waits in the backdrop for an invitation.
Under saddle, she is a push button ride. She is not a speed demon, but she is responsive. She is on the lazy side but not a deadhead. You don’t need to ask twice to go from a walk to a trot, and it doesn’t take her more than a couple seconds to respond to the canter cue. She doesn’t need a crop unless she is feeling especially lazy or tired, and even then, you wouldn’t use it more than once or twice. She doesn’t buck, rear, or bolt. She is very non-spooky; we have so many scary, moving objects at our property, she is very desensitized and tolerant. We have everything that could spook a horse on our property - motorcycle gangs zooming by, brightly-clad bikers, 6 small, energetic children who will desensitize a horse to anything, cows, ducks, chainsaws, four-wheelers, dirt bikes, alligators, water to swim through.... If she is uncertain or afraid of something, she will just stop and look at it. So, is she a beginner’s horse? She could be a CONFIDENT beginner’s horse or a fabulous lesson horse in a program. I believe that the best horse will go downhill if someone who is timid and afraid is the main rider. This mare doesn’t require a highly skilled rider because she isn’t high-strung, tolerates a lot, and doesn’t make any sudden, unpredictable movements. However, she seems to sense confidence (and a lack of) and responds to that. My not-so-confident 5-year-old has ridden her independently all over our property without any issues, but she is not the main rider. The main rider was my very-confident 6-year-old child who taught this mare to jump the right way, who taught this mare to navigate a hunter jumper course, and much more. She has a great natural lead change and flying lead changes. It is hard for her to be on the wrong lead. On the more negative side, she hasn’t been made to collect herself. We are working on vertical flexion and having her tuck her head in and drive with her haunches, and she is learning quickly but not there yet.
She knows the arena games (pole bending, barrels, etc.) and can go on auto pilot but would need refreshing to be really good at it. She likes to knock into that first barrel. She has been working under English tack in the hunter ring and has been jumped up to 2’6”. She won’t make a fancy English horse but would be a reliable one to school on or take to local shows. She trail rides without issue. We have ridden her in the backwoods, at the state park, and next to heavy, fast traffic. We have ridden her bareback, double, and with a halter/lead rope. Once, my daughter’s saddle flipped over, and my daughter landed with a thud under her. This mare had no reaction.
Vices? She doesn’t really have a vice. If I had to relay a vice, I would say that she seems to need one of three things. If she goes somewhere completely foreign to her, she would benefit from either a confident rider or another horse she is familiar with. If she has a confident rider, she will go anywhere. If she is in familiar territory, she is fine with any kind of rider and without any other horse. I hope that makes sense.
I would like for her to go to a home with a big pasture and at least another horse – mare or gelding. She is a special girl and deserves a special person to take good care of her. She is very happy with us, which makes me feel badly about selling her, but we have somehow accumulated 14 horses, and most of them are for sale!!! I understand this is a long ad, but I wanted to do my best to describe her so you could see if she is a good match. She is up to date on everything and has no health issues. Vet checks welcome at your expense. Priced at $1500 only until March 4th for a quick sale and then up to $2500.
Several video links of this mare: Watch Pa050640, Watch Pa050653, Watch Pa050644, Watch 20151013 131623, Watch Pole Bending After a Long Break, Watch Two Foot Jump Course
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