Absolutely heartbroken to be selling. Forced sale due to personal reasons, absolutely zero reflection on the horse. Boudewijn aka Chief is a stunning 6yr old out of the popular Teade392 and a Thomas mare (Aranka fan Duerswald, winner of the 2003 grand driving championship at Drachten). These are extremely high quality bloodlines.
He is a medium-build sporthorse type, 61" and still growing, heavier and more substantial than the more modern, more refined Friesians. His movement is gorgeous and extremely balanced. He has a TON of hair; his mane is extremely heavy and pulls his neck crest over. Photos don't do him justice; you have to see him in person.
VIDEO IS A COUPLE YEARS OLD- He is feeling frisky after a bath and the weather had just cooled off :) I linked it since you can see how he moves, but please do not think this is an accurate reflection of his general demeanor or training. He is VERY calm, which is why I filmed his little mini-tantrum :)
He was started very slowly and correctly under saddle, with fundamental skills being carefully emphasized so that he's ready to finish in whatever direction you choose. He's never been rushed or pushed or hurried. For general riding, he is great as-is. He flexes, bends, yields, backs, is soft in the mouth, and starting to work off leg. He has been with a trainer for almost 3 years. He is sensible and does very well on difficult terrain.
This is a horse that I planned on having for life, so he has had the best of everything from training style to feed program, etc. He's been naturally-reared his entire life. Never been shod, has grass hay available to him 24/7, never stalled. Fed whole grains and minerals, no processed feeds, no chemicals on or around him. He has so much hair he doesn't even need fly spray, mask, or boots.
Kind and gentle, but curious and fun. Raised around small children and dogs. Not spooky, never aggressive. He is a stallion, so you have to get his attention when he hasn't been ridden in a while or he can be a bit distracted, but not dangerous (just likes to look around, slow to follow cues, etc.). Once his head is where it needs to be he is wonderful to ride. If he were gelded, children could ride him no problem. As he is now, children could ride him so long as an adult gets him paying attention first then turns him over to the kids. I used to put my 1-2yr old on him long before he was even broke. He is just a kind, calm, sweetheart of a horse.
NOTE: He is in Oklahoma at trainer's home, not IL.