13yr old lovebug available for adoption!! Monte is a beautiful deep coppery sorrel 15h TWH gelding. He has the sweetest personality ever!! He loves people and attention, and will stand for hugging (he hugs back!!) petting, and cookies for hours!! Monte is an absolute dream to be around.
Monte has a beautiful running walk, but he is a litttle lazy and sometimes it can be difficult to get him into the rack, but once he is, he'll maintain the gait with a little coaxing.... (read more) Because we have used Monte in our beginner's lesson program for the last year, he we haven't used his running walk gait, and he has become used to just walking. But, he has performed perfectly every time for every rider, child and adult!!
Monte has perfect ground manners. A child can handle him easily. He leads like a gentleman, he loads easily, he stands tied, he lifts his feet nicely, he bathes, grooms, and stands for fly spray. He stands for tacking up, takes the bit easily, and stands still til you're mounted. He used to know how to "park", and could easily be reminded how to do that again.He's very responsive to leg and rein cues, he has a fantastic stop and backes up nicely. He is very comfortable to ride at any gait and easily controllable at any speed. He has complete power steering and power brakes too!!
We were told when we acquired Monte last year that he was a good trail horse, however, the two times we took him off the property to go on a trail ride, he was concerned and animated out on trail, but completely controllable. He never offered to bolt, buck, or rear...he just needs an intermediate rider to hold him steady. He responds to the emotions of his rider and a quiet strong rider and some trail miles will help him overcome his concerns on trail . We truly believe that Monte just needs miles on trail with a single owner or family that he trusts and he will be fine on trail.
We were also told that at one point 7 years ago Monte was WAY overweight and foundered. His owners put him on a diet, corrected the founder and it hasn't been an issue since. Monte is more comfortable with shoes on the front, but as long as he maintains his current weight, founder will not be an issue in the future. All of his vet records and x-rays from us and his previous owners, as well as his current and previous farrier's phone numbers will be made available to anyone interested in purchasing Monte. We have owned him and ridden him for a year now with absolutely no health or hoof issues. All agree that he is completely sound and will stay that way for years to come with proper weight management.
Monte is being sold as a complete package. He will come with his specially made gaited saddle that is less than a year old, his headstall, reins, and his bit. All you'll need is a pad and blanket!
If you come to meet Monte, be prepared to be hugged! Monte is a dream horse and will be a total soulmate for some lucky person. He is the most lovable horse ever!
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