Husband Safe, Kid Safe, Longe Line, Natural Horsemanship Training, Ridden English, Ridden Western, Trail, Trail Riding, Western Riding, Youth
This handsome and sturdy boy is eleven years old and I have owned him for the last four years. He was a lesson horse at a local equestrian facility until I bought him in the spring of 2012. At the center where he was, he was an all around lesson horse and was, among other things, a jumper. I bought him to be primarily a trail horse, where he has done well. I have the registration papers that were given to me from the equestrian center, although the center did not register him when he was obtained from the previous owner.... (read more) The AQHA told me he can still be transferred to another owner. It was not important to me to register him. The papers list his name as "Best Color", but I named him Trooper due to my former profession. The facility named him "Oliver" (kids liked it). I am only selling him due to my advancing age (73) and the fact that he is my youngest boy, all the rest being between seventeen and twenty one. However, even though he may meet your needs, I will still need to determine in my own mind if you will be the right owner for him, and I may require references. He will W/T/C/GALLOP with no problem, loads well, stands for farrier (goes barefoot and needs no shoes), tacking up, grooming, etc., and is very healthy. He is always easy to halter and no horse should be left haltered under any conditions, for safety reasons. I have always given him one scoop of straight biotin a day to maintain his feet. On April 22 he will be getting his annual shots, sheath cleaning, and dental inspection (floating if necessary). I will also have a new coggins test performed. Also, I have never stalled my boys. The doors to the stalls are always open. Free range is the best for any horse anyway, and he is very friendly and socializes very well. He gets 8oz. of Nutrena Pro-Force Fuel and about two pounds of Professional Racehorse whole oats every morning, plus excellent quality grass hay, which is from the fields owned by my nephew, which surround my property. I have no grazing of my own. If interested, you may call my cell phone at 518-813-7117. I am located about 12 miles south of Albany, New York in a rural setting. I FIND IT NECESSARY TO APPEND THIS DESCRIPTION! Because I am used to him, his movements and behavior are natural to me. HOWEVER, I had a very nice woman here today (Sunday) with her very nice and accomplished trainer and, after the trainer worked with Trooper for approximately two hours, she stated that Trooper was NOT the horse for her client friend because: He is a fairly large quarter horse who has been trained western and is used to accomplished western riders who know how to use a slack rein, have soft hands that know how to release pressure quickly, and know how to use their seat and legs effectively. He has a nice walk but it does not take much to get him into a faster walk (OR MORE) and, when you do so, he moves out briskly. Some people may be intimidated by this and tense up, which is not good for either horse or rider. THEREFORE, honestly analyze your skills and it is suggested that you be an advanced beginner who is closer to an intermediate rider and can sit a horse with a lot of power at his motor end and can effectively handle the energy in a soft and controlling way. To save yourself and me time, please do not respond if you only ride English, as your cues will only confuse him, because English riders rein much differently. Therefore, neither he nor you will be happy. If you have a trainer, bring your trainer by all means. THE TRAINER WHO was here today said he is a great horse and very responsive, but he is not good for a beginner. I do not want someone to buy him who in time becomes frustrated, and then gives up on him, because he is too good a boy to bounce around. As I stated earlier, I will not sell him to you if I get a gut feeling that you and he will not be a good match! You will need to give him and yourself the time and consistency that is necessary to become an effective team. Look at it this way: WET SADDLE PADS, LOTS OF MILES, AND CONSISTENCY will make you and your horse a great team!!! THANK YOU!
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