"Taco" is a 9 year old black & white paint pony. He measures about 11 hands. He has an adorable bald face with two blue eyes. Long, full mane and a tail that drags the ground. He turns heads everywhere he goes. He NEVER kicks or bites. EVER. He seems to love kids. I have 5 kids. My 5 year old just started riding him, but he's a little too much horse for her still. My 6 year old enjoys riding him to check cows and fences. He crosses creeks, jumps logs, never hesitates.... (read more) Taco requires an experienced rider. He's a lot of horse. He doesn't buck, but he's a fast mover. Not a pony you want to take to a 3 year old birthday party for pony rides. He's not for beginners.
Now the good part! Taco is well-trained. He has had 3 months riding with cowboy/roping ranch hand. My 7 year old son wanted to ride our "ranch pony" in 4-H, so he spent 3 months in barrel & pole training. My son rode him in 4-H in all events - barrels, poles, of course, but also stole the show in Western Horsemanship and Western Pleasure - winning first place against full-size quarter horses at a few of the shows. He nailed the patterns, picking up correct leads, going from walk to lope, and lope to a walk perfectly. He never took Taco to his top speed barrels and poles because my son was focused on keeping him very correct. Our trainer kept telling us "speed will come. stay correct." My son also rode him goat tying. He got the job done, but, of course, ran around the pen after Jack dismounted. So, we have been so happy with taco since getting him as a 7 year old although we puts lots of $$ into him. My kids have since taken up cutting, so Taco is not getting the job he deserves.
Taco's weak points are few. I will tell you his only two flaws: 1. He is head shy. This goes away with continuous handling, but if he's been left alone and turned out, he will be head shy. He must have been mistreated before we got him. This DOES NOT affect his bridling. He will actually open his mouth for you to put his bit in. You just can't walk up to his face and wave your hands all around the front of his face. 2. He's a trickster to catch. Either keep him in a small trap or get ready... but he figures it out quick. If he hears the 4-wheeler, he goes straight to the barn cause he doesn't want to run all over the 40 acres!
Other great things about Taco: He loads super easy. Stands for farrier. Always kept him trimmed every 6-8 weeks. He gets wormed at every trimming. He is an easy keeper. Eats very little. Has great personality! Has a fan club everywhere he goes. I just hate to part with him as you can tell, but trying to get some $$ together to buy my son his cutting horse which we are just leasing right now.
Please, serious inquiries only. I don't have time for "just lookers". I have 5 small kids. Taco is the real deal. I have $3300 just in training fees in him, so my price is FIRM. No negotiations. No trades.
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