All Around, Athletic, Breeding, Flashy, Gaited, Trail, Trail Riding, Trained, Western Riding
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I have a gorgeous black twh mare named Calypso. She is 14.3 hh, just turning 6 yrs old, and utd on all vaccines, coggins, wormings, and farrier. She has NO bite, buck, kick, or rear with an in your pocket type personality. She is the first to greet you at the fence and will try to talk to you from across the yard. She is very affectionate and loves to give kisses and snuggles.
She stands perfectly to be saddled and will reach over to take her bit whether you're ready or not.... (read more) I've seen her take the bit by herself when I left the bridle hanging on the fence. She stands for the farrier, ties , loads, stands for fly spray, and leads.
She was broke as a 3 yr old by a fantastic horseman who understands natural horsemanship so all of her handling has been by experienced hands. You won't have to worry about any quirks that come from rough handling with this one. All she's ever known is love and it shows. She has great manners while still embodying the free spirit of the horse that first inspired people to ride.
Her mind is as beautiful as she is. She is very intelligent and easy to train with great retention. When I got her, she hadn't been ridden in a year and after a day (30 minutes) of tuning, she was pretty much back on track. These pictures were taken on my first trail ride with her the next day. She went over obstacles, jumped logs, climbed hills, crossed ditches, and rode on a full quarter mile of trail that was up to her chest underwater. So far, I've taken her on six full day rides and she hasn't spooked once even when encountering deer, crows flying low, dogs, traffic, other horses, etc. She is more than happy to be the trail leader but will also stay in the back if you ask her. Her gait gets better with each ride but she still needs reminders to stay in it. Again, she is very easy to train so it won't take her long to get the rhythm down.
I think Calypso would be great for an intermediate rider and up. She is very gentle but has a showy presence in the saddle that could unnerve the timid rider and she is young, so her confidence comes from the direction that her rider gives her. She isn't out of control by any means, she just arches her neck, snorts a bit, and likes to strut around. It gives her a very eye catching energy that won't let you look away. She will go fast if you ask her but if not, she's more than happy to just walk along and enjoy the scenery. She also doesn't like going out by herself but she will if you don't let her turn around. Honestly, I've always ridden with a partner so I've never really worked with her on it but it wouldn't take very long at all for an experienced (or even just persistent) rider to work her completely out of it. She has a very active mind that makes her a dream to train.
Overall, Calypso is an amazing horse who is only going to get better with age. The only reason for selling is because I am moving in December and cannot take her with me. I was hoping to keep her as a pasture mate until I get back but my pony only likes geldings and the thought of wasting her potential for a few years just so I can have her back doesn't feel right to me. She will only go to a good, qualified home. She is not your run of the mill horse so I want her to go somewhere that appreciates all that she is.
If you have any questions whatsoever, please don't hesitate to ask.
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