***** SOLD! CUERVO PASSED HIS VET CHECK AND IS ON HIS WAY TO ARIZONA WITH HIS NEW OWNER, ALESHA. THANK YOU, ALESHA! ENJOY HIM! *****I am reluctantly listing my beautiful horse for sale. His AQHA registered name is Gol Cuervo, I call him Cuervo. He is a beautiful specimen, with a lot of presence and a 'look at me' attitude. He is a rich chestnut with a blaze and one rear sock. He is large, standing 15.3 hands tall and weighing 1200 lbs, with perfect conformation. He has good, straight, clean legs, short cannon bones, good hooves and good bone. His breeding is very impressive - look him up on Equibase for the racing stats of all the horses in his pedigree. This horse was bred to be an athlete and to run! Gol Cuervo was sired by graded stakes placed Lil Bit Cuervo, who is an own son of the great, multiple graded stakes winner Chicks Beduino. Lil Bit Cuervo is a 3/4 brother to graded stakes winner, Whosleavingwho. Lil Bit Cuervo is out of race winner and producer, Lil Bit Dash. Gol Cuervo's dam is Foolish Gol, also a race winner, by the great Gol, a multiple graded stakes winner. Gol is by another great, multiple graded stakes winner, Jody O' Toole. All the horses on Gol Cuervo's pedigree are money winning racehorses. Gol Cuervo ran on the track from 8/3/2008 to 8/25/2012. He was AAA with a SI-94, and he has his racing ROM. He had 26 starts, 4 wins, 2 seconds, 4 thirds. He finished within 3 lengths of the winner in every race, even when bumped or crowded. In all the videos on Q-Racing you can see that their strategy was to hold Cuervo back until closer to the finish and then let him fly. He ran clean on the track all four years, NO medications, NO Lasix, he is NOT a bleeder. He has never been injured while on the track or in race training and he retired 100% sound from the track. His former owner would have kept on racing him but they ran out of money, and she was very sad about having to sell him. I purchased Cuervo when he was fresh off the track, for my barrel racing prospect. I started Cuervo under western tack and have been pleasure riding him ever since, showing him a life other than the racetracks. He is a fearless trail riding horse and doesn't care about riding alone without other horses. He will go through thick brush, up and down ravines, through creeks and he swims with me in the lake. He also likes to jump. I have him very well broke and he is calm, laid back and gentle yet responsive; not a dead head by any means. I often ride him bareback in a halter and he is well behaved. Cuervo naturally collects his face and his body and gives nicely to the bit. He neck reins western style, and will also ride on the bit English style. He works off his rear end, very up underneath himself and collected. He has awesome, strong and powerful rollbacks, absolutely not a butt slinger or a leaner. He has a lot of reach and a huge stride. He moves off of my leg and side passes, pivots, and has a nice turnaround. He has a nice stop and he backs very well. Cuervo has nice bend, flex and counter bend. He lopes perfect circles and has a nice slow lope. He holds his gaits and rides straight and true when he runs. His run is to die for, very FAST and smooth - he covers a lot of ground quickly. He does not pound the ground, he moves very smoothly and fluidly. He has great flying lead changes, effortless and smooth. He's a big horse but he makes loping the weaving part of a pole bending pattern look easy. Cuervo is a very powerful, athletic and talented horse, and he has a great mind. He is very bold, nothing rattles him. He is a very confident horse and he thinks instead of reacting. I have hauled him to arenas, and he has been taken on trail rides a lot. He goes wherever I point him without hesitation. He seems to lack prey instinct and doesn't get worried about anything. He is very comfortable in his own skin and doesn't spook. Cuervo doesn't care about new places, lights, banners, bulls, or any of the other commotion at rodeos or competitions, indoors or out. Cuervo is very smart and has been very easy to train. He learns quickly and follows his rider's instructions. He is bold, yet very respectful. I have trained him using Clinton Anderson methods on the ground and under saddle. Cuervo has excellent ground manners and can be handled very safely all over his body. He is really good at round penning and lunging. He has been thoroughly desensitized and it was easy to do because nothing bothers him. Cuervo has been desensitized to tarps, plastic bags, umbrellas, chainsaws, gunshots, leaf blowers, atv's, farm equipment, dogs, miniature donkeys, motorcycles, bicycles, and anything else I can think of. I have tied cones, bags and tarps underneath him and he doesn't care. He is accepting of all that we do to him and there are no concerns. Cuervo has no kick, bite, buck or rear, he is respectful and obedient. There is no silliness or stupid behavior with this horse. He carries himself with an 'I think I'm awesome' attitude and he looks regal. He is never jiggy or prancy, he is sensible and controlled. He doesn't get hot headed and out of control. I can sprint him across a field with another horse and he slows right down to a level headed walk. For the past year, I have taken time off from barrel racing and pole bending to get our hill country home and land ready for sale, and I've been working on getting our new acreage ready for horses, which leaves me little time to ride. I have not had the time to put Cuervo on the barrel pattern, and I wasn't worried about it, thinking I had plenty of time when we move to our new home with sandy loam soil and a big arena. We only have a tiny arena here and the barrel pattern would be too small to bother with. This horse is far too smart to learn on a tiny pattern; he will count his steps and I do not want him to shut down early or short stride on a pattern. At the end of last year when I was racing and was hauling Cuervo with me, I took him into the arena during exhibitions at the end of the barrel race and asked him to fast lope the pattern. He had never been introduced to the barrel pattern before, but he listened to me and did what I asked of him. He ran that pattern like he had done it before many times. He inhaled the turns and powered out of them. He is a natural at it and clocked a 2D time. I left feeling so very excited for our future together. I haven't had him on barrels since, I stopped racing last winter and I haven't been training, and I miss it!. All we've done is occasional trail rides lately. Cuervo stays broke and he doesn't need regular riding. Cuervo is going to be one awesome barrel horse, if that is what his new owner chooses for him. He would also be a great cowboy mounted shooting horse or a team sorting horse as he is cowy. He would also make a nice hunter, jumper or dressage horse. He's athletic, bold, willing and fast, with a brain that is outstanding. Cuervo would be suitable for many disciplines, but he would also be happy just being someones trail horse and pleasure mount. Cuervo is gentle, but he is also strong and very fast. He would be suitable for someone that isn't afraid of a large horse with controlled speed and power. A confident person with riding experience who has good balance and a good seat could easily ride him, but a performance minded person will love him. Cuervo is 100% sound, 100% sane, and 100% healthy. He does not crib, wind suck, paw or weave. Never foundered, and no navicular. He is a very easy keeper, only eating coastal hay and a vitamin and mineral supplement, no grain and no other supplements of any kind. He will pass any vet check. Cuervo had a health and soundness exam in October when he received his teeth floating, his Coggins and a rabies vaccination. He is also up to date on all other vaccinations, deworming, and hoof care. He is perfect for the farrier, great for the vet, and he stands tied quietly for hours. He loads himself in the trailer, rides in the trailer quietly, eats and drinks well on the road, and backs out of the trailer slowly. Cuervo loves baths, and wants to drink from the hose as I spray his face. He likes to be body clipped, too, and he loves his winter blanket. He gets along well with other horses and doesn't cause squabbles. A good home is a must, I really like this horse and I will only sell him to someone who will treat him well and take good care of him. If I didn't need the money, I would not be selling him. $5,000. Sorry, no trades, payment plans or leases.
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