I finally know what "this horse likes to get down the trail" means.
Manny's perfect rider is the experienced husband of someone who has TWH's or other fast horses.
I bought him for my husband who needs a stout horse, but he had not been ridden in 3 years and was a bit of an unknown. Manny is way too much horse for my husband and I am selling him because I have 2 horses to ride already and do not need a 3rd. Plus I still need to find a deadhead for my husband.... (read more)
He moves beautifully with ears and tail up, he likes to move out, and he crosses mud, streams, and bridges without problem.
He has an opinion if he thinks you are standing around too long, or if you are trying to turn onto another trail, but with a firm hand will do as requested. I have been round-penning him using John Lyons techniques and would strongly prefer a natural horsemanship home for him.
Manny's good qualities: ties quietly to anything, pickets, ties out, can be hobbled, stands for farrier quietly, loads easily, rides easily, unloads easily, stands next to anything for mounting or will straddle a log for mounting. He does not bite or kick people or other horses, is fine with dogs and donkeys. Manny can be ridden by himself or in a group, can ride at the front, can ride in the middle, can ride in the back. He has an easy canter. He is desensitized to mini's, cows, chickens, goats, deer, turkey, trucks, motorcycles, bicycles and most other common trail encounters. He does not spook easily, and when he does he just jumps in place - he does not spin. He is soft to the lead rope, and generally easy to work with from the ground.
As you can see in the photo, he is being ridden on obstacles by a small woman rider. She is very experienced and had minimal problems with him. However he does prefer men and responds better to them. He does pace instead of flat walk, his slow and medium pace is comfortable. I did shoe him in front with a weighted shoe and he did better, but the farrier said he does not have a long reach with his back legs which is why he paces. The farrier said he is absolutely even-strided.
I have more photos and videos I can e-mail if you feel he is possibly a good horse for you.
Please do not waste my time or yours if you are not an experienced rider who likes a spirited, fast mount.
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