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I have a 15 yr old quarter horse gelding named Black Jack. He is 15.1 hh and utd on all of his wormers, coggins, trimming, and vaccinations. He has no bite, buck, kick, or rear. Black Jack is a very easy keeper and only needs about one scoop of feed a day if there's grass in the pasture. He ties and stands for the farrier without any problems and his feet are fine barefoot. He has a little bit of anxiety about a water hose and trailering but with reassurance, he manages without too much fuss.... (read more)
Black Jack is a very emotionally driven horse and he's got more heart than any of my other horses combined. It doesn't matter how far away he is, if he hears you calling, he's the first to come see you. He really wants to connect with you and is extremely eager to please. He is very responsive to kindness and if he hears you say, "good boy", he will typically copy the behavior to make you happy. His primary motivation is love instead of most horses who can quickly become "treat seekers". He is a very "in your pocket" horse and will bury his head in your chest for you to hold him. He's very lovey once you earn his trust and is one of the few horses I've met who tries to connect with the rider as eagerly as most riders try to connect with their horse. Black Jack is an animal that will become your partner and, with enough time, he'd walk through hot coals if it made you proud of him.
Black Jack has great ground manners. He stands still while you tighten the girth and doesn't lift his head or try to avoid the bit. Most of the time, I don't even tie him to tack him up. I just call him to the fence and start throwing stuff on him. He will also stand perfectly still while you climb into the saddle and he waits for you to get your feet adjusted before going anywhere. He's also very easy to maneuver around from the ground. I can pivot him on his front legs in a full circle without even touching him and he scoots over sideways just by laying a hand on his side. He backs up nicely as well.
He has nice control in the saddle and is responsive to leg cues and voice commands. He neck reins well and will bend his whole body to give his head and his hind quarters to pressure. He prefers to go slow but he will move out if you ask him to. His natural athleticism is incredible. Riding him is like riding a mountain of muscle. That said, he's soft on the bit and has no problems on a broken snaffle. He has the natural muscle and agility to make a great barrel or reining prospect. He's also got great natural movement and carriage that I believe would excel in western pleasure.
He seems to have had more ring work than trail experience but he 's not spooky at all. The worst that he's ever done is veer to the side a few paces while I was trotting him past loggers just as they felled a huge pine tree. Even then, I didn't have to pull on the reins because he settled down as soon as he saw that the tree wasn't falling on him and we continued as if nothing happened. He's naturally very level headed but he has some hesitancy towards things like ditches. He doesn't mind horns, traffic, dogs, other horses panicking, or going out by himself. He's not barn sour at all because I typically only ride by myself. He's always very forward moving and will plow right through fallen logs, brambles, and thick underbrush. I put all of my beginner riders on him in the pasture and I'm never worried that he'll run off with someone. At worst, he'll stand and do nothing. He's also reliable enough that I don't think twice about trotting around with my 5 yr old niece in on the saddle with me. On the trails, I would recommend an advanced beginner if you're going out by yourself but that's the extent of it.
Black Jack is a horse that needs to be finished by someone who is in it for the long haul. He's been moved around so much in such a short amount of time that he's feeling thrown away. This is also where some of his trailer anxiety comes from. To him, it's a box that takes away everything he's grown to care about. Most horses could care less about where they end up as long as the grass is green but Black Jack is too emotionally oriented and he deserves better. In the right hands, he will be one of the truly great horses.
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