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In the Black (aka Capone) - Black Thoroughbred Gelding
Black Thoroughbred Gelding
Ad #880607
In the Black (aka Capone)
Mchenry, Illinois 60050
Breed: Thoroughbred Sex: Gelding
Color: Black Birth Date: Jan 1, 2008
Height: 15.2 hh Weight: 1000.0 lbs
Registry: N/A Reg. #: N/A

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Capone is a 6 year old, 15.2 hand (don't write him off yet), dark bay (blk/brn) Thoroughbred, gelding that was never raced.

He has had 3 months of professional training under my ownership and obviously had some with a prior owner, too. My trainer rode him Western, while I rode him English-Hunter Pleasure with a Kimberwick (no martingale needed). He has a forward moving walk, trot, and canter. He bends, leg yields, backs, neck reins, responds to weight shifts (moves under you when you lean to one side), lunges, poles, circles, serpentines, and stops on a dime when you lean back & say "whoa" (no need to pull on the reins). He is so close to half passes, turns on the forehand & haunch, and flying changes - you would have them probably within a month or two.

Capone would LOVE someone who would jump or event him. This winter I watched him self jump over and over again a 3' with a 2' spread snow bank in his pasture (think wall, oxer, brush, log, or rolltop). His prior owner told me he self jumped a 4' fence! Don't let his size shy you away, he might be small per the English TB standards, but he has guts and ability! I've worked him over many many poles and a few cavalettis and his whole body says "That was FUN, let's do it again!" He can be VERY brave and curious - loved his big horse bouncing ball from the first moment it hit the ground!

Medically, he is sound, up to date on vaccines, routinely wormed, floated & trimmed, and has a clean Coggins. He is fine barefoot (no flat footed TB here) and is able to go 8-9 weeks without being "long". We are pretty sure that he has an ulcer, but Sr. feed, pumpkin, a splash of apple cider vinegar in his water, & 100% grass hay keeps his stomach happy.

Why an Advanced/Professional rider? He has been known to rear, buck, spook violently (when bored - you have to keep rides interesting), is strong willed/determined (good for a jumper), needs a rider with a VERY gentle light hand/loose rein (he isn't forgiving with his mouth), and you need to understand horse dynamics to get that "head horse" status from day one. He is super smart - he figured out how to undo a click cross tie - and will try to figure out your buttons.

You will see from the first moment you set eyes on him, he has all the right pieces (which is why I bought him), but needs someone to help him put them together in a safe manner and I'm just not Advanced enough to do it.

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