Dressage, Driving, Field Hunter, Hunter, Husband Safe, School, Trail
FOR SALE: 2003 SPOTTED DRAFT GELDING. THIS HORSE HAS DONE QUITE A LOT! I EVENTED HIM THROUGH NOVICE LEVEL, I HAVE FOX HUNTED HIM, TAKEN HIM ON HUNTER PACES, TRAIL RODE AND CAMPED OVERNIGHT EXTENSIVELY, BEEN A LESSON HORSE, SHOWN HIM IN OPEN 4H TYPE SHOWS, AND HE DRIVES!
JJ excels at fox hunting, hunter paces, trail riding, and being a school horse. I competed him heavily in eventing through 2008 before I started my family. After that, as I didn't have very much time to devote to him he lost his confidence.... (read more) While he did fine in a group such as fox hunting or hunter pace, he didn't enjoy being alone when out on xc going at a fast pace . I do think he would do well in HUNTERS as those situations do not change as much, or in an open show setting. He also shows potential to excel in dressage.
JJ is very low key, quiet, relaxed MOST OF THE TIME! He has excellent ground manners, cross ties, ties to the trailer, and high line ties. Loads in the trailer and hauls great. He is good for the farrier (in fact, I have trimmed him myself). He can be clipped, dewormed, bathed, etc... Things he does not like: mane pulling, needles, sheath cleaning. No rear or crazy behavior, just jigs around.
JJ is a nice steady quiet jumper. He has a lead change and is in balance. He is slow though so he would not place high in a timed event or above Novice in eventing.
On trail rides I ride him western, neck rein on a loose rein, and go through/over anything. He actually does fine on a trail ride alone. In a group he can lead, be in the middle, or follow. He does not get upset if left behind.
As a lesson horse he absorbs lots of mistakes. Students can bounce, bump him with their legs, and flop the reins around and he doesn't get upset. He stops if they fall off. More advanced students can get a really nice ride out of him as well. One thing that makes him exceptional as a school horse is he can be LUNGED WITH A RIDER.
I trained JJ to drive before I rode him. He was trained single and double, but I have not driven him double in quite some time. He pulls a 2 wheeled cart, a bob sled, stone boat, and harrow. He has been harnessed in both a breast collar and a neck collar. He does much better if driven without blinders! That way he can see what he needs to see.
I am selling him because I am wrapping up my lesson program as I opened a grooming shop last year. I am also getting back into competing and want a more athletic, bold horse to bring along. PHONE CALLS ONLY PLEASE! NO TEXTS OR EMAILS! THANK YOU! 814 715 2288
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