All Around, Athletic, Beginner, Equitation, Flashy, Husband Safe, Kid Safe, Longe Line, Ridden English, Show, Show Experience, Trail Riding
Apollo is a flashy 17yo thoroughbred gelding. Price is firm unless given the best home possible. Recently competed at bn level eventing. But can no longer jump due to vets recommendation. I can’t explain how special this guy is. No horse has ever taken care of me so well. And made sure I knew I was going to have a safe ride. Apollo has a very long trot, it isn’t forward and quick, but it is bouncy if you prefer sitting the trot. This dude has the best rocking horse, smooth canter you will ever find.... (read more) Not fast and not slow, I like to think of it as the right amount of speed. Perfect for a kid or any inexperienced rider learning to canter. He also lunges at both the trot and canter.
The best thing about this horse is that he will take care of you no matter how inexperienced you are. He somehow knows and determines the skill level of the rider as soon as they sit down on his back. Apollo does take some leg, normally i will carry a crop with me, just to get him moving and to show off his flashy striding. He easily rounds up at the trot and canter with the right amount of leg and contact on the reins. Apollo can also do flying lead changes but they are quite possibly rusty and not the best due to old age and medical issues.
I have never really taken Apollo on any trails besides hacking him around the showgrounds or walking him through a neighborhood. I'm quite positive he would be a good horse for it. Due to him not being spooky. But large hills, or rough long trails might not be the best for his legs and arthritis.
Apollo does have some maintenance due to older age. Including injections (adequan), and supplements. But besides the maintenance. He has the best puppy dog personality you will ever find. So much love in the man’s heart.
We would like him to go to a nice home where he can be pleasure ridden. Not to much, but just enough to keep him happy and moving. In his show days I would ride him 5 days a week, to keep his muscle balanced and up. But now since he is retired I think he would be happy just being a pasture pony. A companion horse. Just be out doing what older gentleman do. I did attempt to teach him liberty? He does have the hang of it, but I don't think he really cares. He will however follow you around like a puppy dog in the round-pen.
Apollo does wear a heavy winter blanket in the winter. Just because instead of growing long thick fur, his fur will only grow long. I do put the man on rice bran oil over the winter to keep his fat up, he does tend to loose muscle and weight quickly at that time of the year. And depending on his weight loss from winter I might keep him on the oil during summer/warmer seasons too.
Apollo does have a stall at our current barn. His turnout is either around 8 hours throughout the day, or over the night in the summer time. I think he would be fine with just a pasture turnout. As long as you keep a turnout blanket, or heavy blanket on him in the cold seasons. Just to make sure he doesn't freeze.
He isn't a high ranking horse in the pasture system. He finds his place really quickly, doesn't challenge any horse for dominance. I don't think that really matters to him. He does like to have a buddy. Just having the extra company is good for him.
Ps. He loves peppermints. Cats. And kids. For quick reply, text 1(812) 606-5438.
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