Archimedes is by Armani (HOL) by Ariadus (HOL), out of a solid APHA mare. He is the best of both worlds - Holsteiner conformation and talent, with QH muscling and laid-back personality!
This gelding was born in my lap and imprinted at birth. He does everything a perfect gentleman should - meets you at the gate for the halter, leads, ties, loads in any trailer, bathes, clips everywhere, tacks up and accepts the bit, and rides - all with a willing attitude and gentle nature. He was started gently as a 3 year old, picked up more work as a 4 year old, and was recently introduced to jumping. He is also broke to hobbles and will lead beside the golf cart (even at a canter on a loose lead).
Archimedes has been everywhere - I have taken him on trail rides over hill and through woods, into ponds and crossing creeks. He has camped out and travels extremely well - where ever his feed bucket is, is home! No anxiety, no worries, and makes friends quickly. A true companion both in the riding arena and outside. Not buddy sour on the trails - will leave the others if asked, and doesn't mind being left behind at all. You can ask him to stop and stand while your friends gallop off, and he will just rest a foot and watch.
He has been lunged over fences up to 5' with room and strength to spare! He takes 4' at a trot with low impulsion, and clears 5' at a trot with more impulsion. He has been jumped at 3' over natural obstacles (cross-country type) with a rider. In the arena, he knows his leads and canters gracefully with light contact. He has been taught verbal cues and does excellent ground work in the round pen - super light in the mouth and on the lead line.
Honestly, I cannot say enough good things about him! He was my dream colt... that was before I herniated a disc and can no longer tolerate the natural spring and impulsion of his gaits. For years I did eventing and Archimedes was supposed to be my superstar... well, he is, but I am no longer able to take him places. Sadly, I am offering him up for sale to a suitable home. He is just sitting in the barn, his talents being wasted and not further developed.
Archimedes is extremely smart and picks up on new things quickly. Also, he never forgets! Once he has learned something, it sticks! No retraining necessary.
I would say Archimedes could easily be handled and ridden by an intermediate rider both in and out of the arena. Very little bothers him outside of the arena - he is very brave. He will need a trainer to continue his training as we were beginning work on drive and collection when my back forced me to stop. You could put a beginner rider on him in the arena for walk/trot lessons, and even advanced beginners could learn to canter on him - he is that calm, laid-back, and responsive. Never gets faster than asked; never gets over excited.
I have tons of pictures of Arcimedes, as well as of his sire and I still own his dam. Please inquire for pictures.
I am asking $4000 FIRM. Non-negotiable and no trades. Trust me, he is definitely worth every penny between talent, personality, and build. A good home is a MUST!