"Rio" 12 y.o. imported Mexican Azteca (Andalusian/QH cross) gelding for sale. $3500 OBO. Only to an advanced intermediate to advanced level rider with a cool, calm, confident head and easy hands. Awesome dressage potential with his uphill build, naturally collected movement and short back. Extremely light and responsive in the correct hands.
Rio began his life in Mexico and was sold to Friesian Harts of Texas. We are now discovering that he was taught many fun dressage movements at Friesian Harts and just needs someone to unlock his talent and potential!
Unfortunately, Rio was sold four years ago to a rider who did not understand how to handle the sensitive temperament of an Andalusian cross and also rode him with a large uncomfortable western saddle.
Almost 2 yrs ago Rio came here to Pennsylvania. He developed severe allergies to all of our indigenous grasses and grains. He is now living out of his stall or the sand riding arena on a diet of alfalfa hay. He has been extensively tested and treated for his allergies and now should only require a once a month maintenance shot (which one of his owners, a 13 yo girl, gives to him) along with his restricted diet. He has just moved into the once a month maintenance shot phase of his treatment this month (November). If he lived in coastal/southern/desert areas where he could return to coastal grass and hay he would be fine without the injections and very happy to return to being a normal horse who could get daily turnout and graze with his pasture buddies. Last summer he rubbed his beautiful mane out because he was so itchy. You can see what Rio used to be before he had his troubles and what he is becoming again at http://www.friesianharts.com/ourotherhorsessold/andalusiancross.html
Due to Rio's owner having an accident requiring surgery and much physical therapy, Rio sat stagnant since February of this year which caused him to develop Intermittent Upper Fixation of the Patella which caused more setbacks in his training. He has been intensely rehabbed and ridden by his new holistically minded trainer, owner, and owner's 13 y.o. daughter since the end of August and as of 2 weeks ago was deemed back to 100% by his vet. He needs to continue to be worked moderately at least 2x/ week to keep the musculature that he has developed to prevent further issues with IUFP.
Considering the rough few years Rio's had, his comeback these past few months has been amazing to watch! Now he needs the right person to continue his trend of greatness and help him enjoy again what it's like to be a phenomenal horse and equine friend.
Call Brenda at 570-988-1995 to come see Rio or for more information on this beautiful boy and watch his current video at Rio.wmv
Make sure you turn on your sound to get the full Rio experience!