I have a 13 yr old quarter horse gelding named Jake. His registered name is Peppy King Hensley but Jake is what he responds to. He is 15.2 hh and is UTD on shots, farrier, and wormers. Jake is a big sweetheart who'll always be the first to greet you at the gate with a neigh. He's nosey as could be and insists on being involved in what you're doing. He's one of the most inquisitive horses I've had. It's not uncommon to find him resting his nose on your shoulder in search of some extra affection. He even licks if he's particularly happy with you. He loves going out and he jumps in the trailer like an excited dog who hears the word "car ride". Jake doesn't look for trouble with other horses but he won't let them push him around either. He has never shown any aggression towards people. He ties, loads, rides English/Western, stands for farrier, backs up, scoots over, bathes, lunges, isn't afraid of dogs at all, and stands while you tack and mount. From what I've seen, he has zero aggression towards other animals. On the lunge line, he can walk/trot/canter on cue.
He's spent most of his recent years as a trail horse. Jake isn't spooky but he is more alert when he goes out by himself. On trails, he's very fast if you ask him but he'd rather go slow. He'll go through water if he has to but if there's an inch of land, he'll find it. He'll go over just about anything and will do whatever he can to step over instead of jump. Overall, trail riding is a fun, interactive experience instead of being on a bored horse that just plods along. I ride him on a regular broken snaffle without any issues. He has a very soft mouth and has great feet and does fine barefoot.
He comes from a farm in Alabama where they train roping and cow penning. He's had professional training in roping but he had been sitting in the pasture for years before I got him and before that he had been used for years as a trail horse. If you're interested in returning him to his roping career, he would need a refresher course but he has no issue at all with whirring a rope around his head and off his back. He responds to forward seat pressure and he knows how to drop his hooks at a stop. He would have to have his top line built back up if you're leaning towards a pleasure prospect. He'll hold his head high in an English fashion or follow the bit to the ground if you're looking for more of a western carriage. Jake has all of the memories for how he's supposed to carry himself but physically, full collection is taxing on him at the moment. That said, his mouth in incredibly soft to the bit and he bends at the poll with the slightest shift in your seat. His sensitivity to seat cues is very nice, and he neck reins like a dream. His upward transitions are great (all it takes is a deep inhale). His downward transitions are 100% from the hindquarters and will send you through his ears if you say "whoa" too dramatically with your seat included. Overall, he tries to reach from behind but he tires quickly. He just needs more exercise to help develop his stamina.
I think he would make a great barrel prospect, trail horse, roping horse, or western pleasure prospect.
I wouldn't hesitate to recommend him to a beginner but he does need someone to show clear boundaries. He behaves very well for me but when a new person is introduced he will test his boundaries with them like a kid showing off in front of company. It's just little things like walking before you've fully mounted or trying to scratch his head on you. Also, take into account that he's built like a bulldog and very strong. For this reason, I don't think I would turn him loose with a child but, as long as it's supervised, I've put timid riders and kids on his back in the pasture.
Jake is a true joy to ride and his little antics become endearing very fast. He is a very loving horse with a unique personality that you can really get attached to. I cannot stress enough that he is to only go to a good home that is the right match for him. This horse comes with a lot of love surrounding him. 843-729-2903 or email: email@example.com
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