Athletic, Halter, Natural Horsemanship Training, Playday, Ranch Work, Started Under Saddle, Trail, Trail Riding
Dakota is a nice combination of a Tennessee Walking horse stud and a Leopard appaloosa mare. Nicely built with good muscle tone. He is a big horse and can carry a larger rider. He is very smart (can untie himself if you don’t “lock” the rope), will open stalls and let himself in (not often, but it has happened). He has picked up a couple of tricks as well (bow and will copy with foot you hold up, will also touch with his nose and hoof objects you point to.... (read more) He is very sweet and in your pocket kinda guy and loves attention from people. Natural horsemanship training. All groundwork has been established (lunges on line and at liberty with changes of direction, backs, sidepass, etc..). Has been introduced to guns shots and loud sudden noises and has been doing very well with it. I will not call him gun broke just yet, but he is further along than most horses. Will stand for saddling, mounting, bathing, grooming, farrier. Will load without issue. Easy to catch. Has been hauled to obstacle playdays and did amazing with the obstacles and all the horses. I think he will make a great trail horse or obstacle challenge horse, but may also excel at ranch type jobs. He has a really thick, long mane and tail and may even do well in the show ring.
He was restarted 40 days ago to work out some bucking issues (did not buck all the time, only when his answer was “no” or if something came up from behind). Has not offered to buck since being restarted, but no guarantee he wont try it again. So, experienced horse person only. This is NOT a beginners horse, he is still very green under saddle. He needs lots of saddle time at this point. Has only been ridden at a walk (slow walk and a nice faster walk) under saddle so far, so I cannot comment as to how well he may gait under saddle if at all. He does gait, trot and canter during groundwork, so the potential is there to develop the gait or trot more. Steps out nicely and has more go than he did prior to restarting him. He flexes all the way to your boot on both sides, backs, stops and turns...just needs an experienced rider to finish him out. He is able to be handled by an experienced child on the ground (catching, leading, grooming) but he is NOT child safe for riding just yet. He needs lot of time and miles under saddle by an experienced person. He is NOT a mean horse at all, he just needs to learn. All that being said, I will be happy to show you everything EXCEPT for riding. You can ride him yourself IF I feel you are skilled enough.
Current neg coggins, rabies vacc, 6 way vacc, strangles vacc, current on deworming, hoof trimming, and dental. Currently barefoot, but has been shod before (about 2 years ago).
Never foundered/colic, sound, no vices
Easy keeper. No grain, Fed a vitamin mash and free choice hay. Currently living on a track system.
I love this horse, but I do not have the time nor the skill he needs to finish him out.
$1200 firm (Will consider a trade for/towards a husband safe horse. No shorter than 15 hands)
$1300 with waterproof winter blanket, Cavallo boots and Parelli halter and lead
*** Will also consider trading for working hay equipment (square baler, tedder, disc mower)
I have more photos I can email. Sadly this site will only let me post one picture. No videos unfortunately.
Will not use a hauler. You must pick up or I might be able to deliver depending on distance (for additional fee)
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