Eli is a bay 5 year old OTTB gelding. His Registered name is Neon Tan, so you will understand why we have decided to call him something else. :)
He is a lovely mover, quiet under saddle and amateur friendly. Very easy to sit w/t/c. Not spooky. If something does startle him he simply sidesteps. Has never bucked/reared/etc. with me. On the farm are sheep, dogs, goats, chickens and guinea hens. There are always wild animals coming through, and to get to the main set of trails there is a large paddock of cows.
He has been off the track since the end of Winter.
He is sound, wears front shoes, and very easy to work around.
Is learning to collect himself, go over ground poles and is great out on trails by himself (so far). We are going out with other horses very soon to see how he acts with them.
**Update Sept 9 2013**
This Sunday I took Eli to a local horse show. Quiet and laid back, great first show. There were a lot of people there, lots of noise/children/ponies/dogs. He walked off the trailer looked around and just was excellent.
Stood quietly tied to the trailer while he was tacked up. Was find wandering around the show grounds, warming up in an open area, and then a smaller arena with other horses. We did 3 w/t classes with large flowery jumps (we don't have those at home) and several sheds with people all around or in them.
He was a little looky, but nothing bad, and went forward and stopped as asked. We did place in 4 and 5 out of 9 in the pleasure classes (he's not really a pleasure horse ^^) and of course i am thrilled with him as he was an angel.
Pictures from our time at the show can be seen here:
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A video can be seen on Youtube. Look up KissMeEli at the Meadows Show :-D
I just came back from our first long trail ride, with another horse. We went through areas of Assunpink State Park that included open fields, narrow wooded trails, streams, etc. He started out a little nervous (new horse/new area..etc). but soon settled and was very good. We went through a stream, almost in a lake (wasn't tooo certain about the ground), and up and down hills. He looked at everything, was find when we met and left unknown horses and riders, and was willing to be in the front or back. We also tried the you trot away from me test, and he did good. He wanted to go with the other horse, but listened to what i asked from him. When i did let him trot, he went nicely forward, but did not run, stayed listening to what he was told to do.
Will be fine for a teen working with a trainer, or an ammy adult rider or re-rider.
He can be ridden bareback, though I don't recommend it as it's not overly comfortable :-D.
Trailers/clips/bathes/is fine with other horses in the paddocks.
Excellent in his stall. Does not weave/crib/stall walk. Has been inside by himself and was fine alone. Is currently out in a mixed herd and is on the higher level of the pecking order. Has been living outside 24/7 since he was allowed to be out. Does fine and has no issues with being out in the rain. Does NOT like the bugs, but is okay without a fly sheet.
Has no problems being fussed at (stall cleaned/groomed/fly sprayed) while eating.
Had Spring shots/current coggins/teeth done in the early spring/utd with shoes and worming.
More than welcome to stay on the farm as a boarder (Farm backs right into Assunpink state park).
Videos can be seen on youtube. Look up KissMeEli under Rivendellhorses.
They include basic w/t/c and now a short jumping video. We started him a little more seriously over fences, and he does seem to enjoy it. Just xrails and a low vertical for now, but did do very well.
It is a bit longer, but i like to show a lot :)
Please email me for more information or if you have any questions. Watch YouTube video
Company / Facility:
Rivendell Farm -
Small horse farm, in horse country, central NJ.