Skipster Fancy Dylan aka Skipper is an 11 yr old bay Appendix AQHA Gelding. He is 14.3 hands and this horse can do it all. I bought him green broke just before he turned 6. I have not shown at any AQHA shows, but for 3 yrs in 4-H and ICPHA open shows in central Ohio. I have shown him in Showmanship, Western Horsemanship, Trail, Reining, anything Contesting and have started this year doing English HUS and Equitation. I have also tried some jumping with him and he seems to enjoy it.... (read more) He likes to move out, making him a comfortable ride for English. He is also very smooth for Western, however he is not a Western Pleasure horse. He does not like the slow and low Western Pleasure rail classes. He is a great pattern horse. He has been trained with Clinton Anderson and John Lyons Natural Horsemanship methods. He has excellent ground and stall manners and lounges both directions at W/T/C. He ties to anything (trees, trailers, fences, etc), bathes, stands for the farrier and vet, loads into straight load and slant load trailers. He does not like clippers. I don't clip his ears anyway because he is an outside horse. I have worked with him on that some. I think someone hurt him before I got him. He does fine with scissors and the little whisker pullers. He does flying and simple lead changes. You can touch him anywhere and he doesn't care. He wants to please you and is a very lovable horse. He is up to date on vaccinations and floating (May 2012). He is currently barefoot. He has worn shoes. He wore sliders (reining) for a couple months last year. He lives with a 30+ yr old QH gelding and Skipper is the boss, but he is not mean or aggressive, even to other horses at shows or on trail rides. He has access to the pastures 24/7 from the barn, unless we keep him in. I can confidently say that if you lock this horse up in a barn only to bring him out to ride, he will not be the same horse. He has been stalled at the Hartford Fair during fair week and he does ok. Even in storms, including flooding of the barn, he is as calm as they come. He gets bored and lazy after being in a stall for extended periods of time, but he does not crib (even at home). He is very quiet at shows and easy to handle. Skipper also loves to run and is capable of placing very well in contesting classes. I do not have access to an arena and barrels/poles to practice but he has done very VERY well for the little amount of practice he has had. If you like to ride fast but are intimidated by larger horses, Skipper may be a good fit for you. In the winter time with snow on the ground, you can tie a sled to the saddle and pull people around the yard. He loves it! If you enjoy bow hunting, Skipper is a hunting horse. I have shot 4 deer off of him with a crossbow and he stood perfectly still until I asked him to move. I have taken a few cutting lessons this summer and he has seen cows. I think he could be a decent cow horse, if you would like to go that route. I would really like to see this horse stay in 4-H as he is able to do so much. He is so much fun to ride and he is far from boring. THIS HORSE DOES NOT NEED LOUNGED BEFORE RIDING! He has a very lovable personality and loves attention. He is good looking and he knows it! I would recommend this horse to a confident rider. I hate to part with this horse, but I am in college and want someone to enjoy him as much as I have. He has taught me so much and I have improved tremendously as a rider. Horses like this do not come along every day. Asking $3,500 OBO, SERIOUS INQUIRIES ONLY.
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