I have a 16 yr old, registered quarter horse named Cash. He's built sturdy but low enough to the ground for easy mounting at 14.3 hh. He's also an easy keeper (I feed 1 scoop of grain and 2 flakes of hay once a day).
He has a unique build that makes him the smoothest ride of any quarter horse I've ridden. His trot is very fluid and slow. He has a long back and short front legs that cause him to move and extend from the hindquarters.... (read more) It seems to have a cushioning effect like a horse in full collection. I had to cut him at sharp turns to make it look like we were even moving in the pictures. Please email for video! It can't be appreciated until it's seen. He transitions are also very smooth and easy and he doesn't require any hounding to get him to go speed up or slow down. I think he' d be great for someone who's interested in starting western pleasure or just a comfy trail horse.
Cash has great ground manners and never gets in your space. He leads with just a rope swung around his neck and he'll drop his head down to the ground with minimal pressure. He ties patiently with zero pawing or pulling. He's never hard to catch and he stands to be tacked and mounted. He can be a little bit cinchy if you try to tighten it all at once. I do it in 2 stages and that takes care of it. He takes the bit better than any horse I've ever seen. As soon as the bridle comes out, he swings his head down into it with his mouth open 3 inches wide like he's taking a treat. He also neck reins like a champ! I can pull him in a full 360 and steer with light pressure at the base of his neck. Some days I don't even ride with a bit. He also trailers perfectly with no hesitation and he'll stand calmly to clip him in. He also backs out great without a rush or panic. Cars and golf cars also don't seem to bother him in the slightest.
On trails, he does very well. He'll cross logs, water, mud, and ditches even if it's all rolled into one. He's not barn sour or herd bound and he goes out by himself without a problem. I've walked him by blowing tarps and packs of barking dogs on both sides of him and after the initial shock of the noise, he was content to graze next to the fence where they were growling and snapping. He's more alert when he's by himself and will have the occasional jump. It's only every once in a while and he doesn't try to bolt or blow out from underneath you sideways, he just moves a quick full stride or two forward at a speed that could unnerve the timid rider. This is the only reason that I would recommend him for an intermediate rider if you plan on trail riding in places where he's not familiar. In the pasture, I've put people who've never ridden before on him bareback with just a lead rope tied to his halter and they were able to ride him around confidently. I've also put confident beginners on him on trails where he's ridden before and is somewhat familiar with. In a group, he does fine whether he's in front or behind.
Overall, he has a very mellow disposition with a very sane head on his shoulders. He's just a solid trail horse that's very reliable. You always know what you're getting when you get on him and he never needs to be worked before the ride.
If you have any questions about him, please don't hesitate to call or email. 843-729-2903
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