Riata's owner bought her about a year ago to enjoy on the trails and has discovered she is really too busy with work and raising her daughter to devote enough time to owning and riding a horse at this point in time. Riata is well-broke; she used to live on a ranch and has worked cattle, done some roping and been used on trails. She is a pretty buckskin who is starting to show some age, but doesn't seem to have any soundness issues. Her owner enjoyed Riata for many months in the arena, where Riata is light and responsive to leg and rein; she has a smooth, soft jog; nice transitions to pick up a trot or lope with a slight squeeze to trot and a kiss to lope.... (read more) She was also ridden on the trails where she was excellent - willing and not silly nor spooky. Riata had started to get cinchy and cranky at the lope, so thankfully her owner decided to take her to an equine chiropractor who discovered that the saddle which Riata had been ridden in for about nine months was really hurting her. Riata has since had some chiropractic adjustments and is doing well under saddle again as long as her rider is aware of her memory of cinchiness and has a GOOD fitting saddle. Riata is kind and smart; has a good 'homing' sense on the trails so if you were out riding miles from no where and lost YOUR way, you could give Riata the opportunity and she would get you safely back to the trailer or main trailhead. Since she is not a 'dead-head' and is responsive, she will do best with an intermediate rider who wants a smooth arena ride once in a while and enjoys trail rides. Riata is current on her shots and worming; had her teeth floated in November 2010; and is mannerly with the farrier. Riata is being ridden weekly now to keep her tuned-up, lives in Bend, and her owner will be very negotiable on Riata's price to a GOOD home.
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