This big guy needs at least an Intermediate rider. He was originally trained to be a halter showmanship and western pleasure horse but that was awhile ago. He is great on trails and has been out to Medora, ND. However, he would do best in a home where he will not be doing lots of mountainy/hilly trail or intense arena work -- he gets stiff hocks when over-worked but is easily managed on Bute as needed (in the video he was NOT Buted; he hasn't had any for a month but I do have him on Next Level).
He walks out or moseys along with the rest of the group on a trail ride...doesn't care if he's in back. Murphy has a great trot and smooth-as-butter lope. You can see from the video he's not "polished," he'd need a bit of work to be show-ready.
This is a great horse with a fun personality; he just can't do intense trail riding and arena work like I want. He'd be fine with someone who just wants to flat-land trail ride and maybe show a few local/4-H pleasure shows here and there.
All reasonable offers will be considered; a good home is a must...view more images on Flickr (https://www.flickr.com/photos/sarahbdanks/sets/72157643524259913/).
To see a recent "selfie" video I took of him working go to YouTube and type in "16h quarter horse for sale mn" (title of video is 16h Quarter Horse for Sale (MN): Trail Horse/4-H Pleasure Prospect by Sarah Bernier Danks). I was alone at the barn that day, until I started filming & then people showed up. The lady in the left-hand corner whose horse spooks was NOT planned -- shows how Murphy handles being around another horse that freaks out :)