Salvador is a 14.3 hand paint gelding. He's a 5 way mix of Lipizzaner, Morgan, Pinto, TB, and QH. Salvador is not registered and was born in 2003. He is an excellent trail horse! I trailer him to a trail at least once a week through the summer and take lessons on him just about weekly through the winter. I love this horse and I am only selling him because I have found that I am really more of a long-ears person, I've found mules and donkeys are more my passion. I will ONLY sell Sal go to a good home. I was a beginner when I got him and I always use him to put my friends who know nothing about horse on him, or my husband (who had never ridden before). I would recommend if he goes to a beginner that they are a confidant beginner, or someone planning to take a few lessons on him. I only say this because he will give a quick test to see what he's able to get away with (usually, he wants to know if they actually want him to do something, or if they are going to let him snack on the trail the whole time).
I also have his saddle, a black Wintec, synthetic, 15" western saddle in good condition + pad that I will sell with him for $100 extra. It's a great saddle and fits him very well. I may have an extra bridle that I'd sell too with a bit for just a bit more, but really, he's fine just wearing a halter to ride in
Now, for a ton of info about Salvador:
I bought Sal about 3 years ago; he was my first equine ever. I had only ridden a few times a child on "rent-a-horse trail" rides. I learned how to ride on Sal, mostly just by myself with him. I eventually got a mule that my neighbor and I would take on trail rides all the time with him. I have kept Sal with other horses, a pony, goats, chickens, turkeys, a mule, a donkey and dogs. He has been on trail rides with mules, donkeys, dogs, horses and even a mustang that was barely brook and he does great with them all. He neck reins and leg reins (still could use a little more work with the leg reining to get to the point where you don't have to use reins at all). I ride him in a cross-under style bittless bridle, but he also rides well in a halter, side pull bittless or a snaffle bit. Sal trailers, is great with his feet, easy to catch, good with washing and fly spray, has good ground manners and is all around a sweet guy who likes to hang around with you, be loved and brushed. Sal's favorite speed is walk, but he will trot and canter when asked. Sal is not a spooky horse, the only times he has ever spooked for me was due to a rattle snake and a coyote, both times he just startled and took about 2 steps. Sal does great in the wind, near bicycles, with cars and semi trucks, and is fine with our train passing nearby. Sal doesn't mind going by cows or lamas either. Throughout the winter both my neighbor and I have done many lessons on him, only a week here and there did he go without riding this winter (when it was crazy cold). He's an easy keeper; I feed him a oat hay and he has done fine with grass/alfalfa mix or just grass. I only give him a little grain (like a handful or two) sometimes in the winter. Sal has great feet, he's never had shoes and I do not blanket him in the winter. He does need a fly mask with nose guard on (I'll give you his) and sunscreen while riding in the summer because once he loses his winter coat he can sunburn on his nose. Sal has had all his spring shots, a coggins, his teeth floated and sheath cleaned in May by Thal Equine (I will provide documents of this). I have taken him to two mounted shooting clinics (it wasn't for me), but he did great with being shot off of and ran the barrels while shooting a couple times. I have also taken him to one driving clinic. He has been hooked up to all the harnessing (no cart or buggy yet) and did great, several people at the clinic thought he had done this before and were about ready to hook him up to a buggy. He responds very well to changes in direction, stopping, starting, and speeding up for a trot while ground driving. I have since worked with him a little more on this; this is something he would really excel at.
I have tons of information from past owners that I could get you in contact with. I bought Sal from a woman in Pojoaque. She got him to help her learn to ride. She did Parelli work with him. The people she got Salvador from live in NW New Mexico, Salvador was actually born in La Jara, NM. These people had Sal most of his life. There he was the horse of a younger girl. He was ridden a lot there, and did some traveling with them. With them he had gone camping in the wilderness and he was used to give lessons to children and some elderly because he is so calm and easier to get on because of his height. They tell me that the original owner sold Sal to them when they moved to Hawaii and the man who bred him owns a ranch and bred his own strain of horses for many years and used them for packing elk on the mountain, nearly all of his horses are pants, and he owned a nice Lipizzaner stallion until it recently died. I'm not sure of the percentage of Lip that Salvador has, but they said they think he's about 1/4.
Please email me if you're interested and you can come check him out for yourself. I have many more pictures, some of him being shot off of too,
I can bring him to you within an hour and a half from Santa Fe for the price of gas there and back. I may consider taking him farther for an additional fee