All Around, Beginner, Draft, Dressage, Driving, Flashy, Kid Safe, Playday, Pleasure Driving, Ranch, Trail, Western Pleasure, Western Riding, Youth
Bentley is a registered Gypsy Vanner who can pretty much do anything. He's been part of our family for about 5 years. He is mostly ridden by my daughter, who is an intermediate rider. He has been used in lessons and summer camps, including for beginners and little kids. He rides English and Western and is also broke to drive, although I don't drive him, as we don't have a cart. I have put a harness on him to ground drive as a training tool and he doesn't have any issues.... (read more) He is stout and perfectly sized for a Gypsy at 14 hands. His best quality is that he's willing to try and he loves to play. We've played soccer on him, used him for play days, taken him through obstacle courses, jumped all over him, taught him to jump (he will do it, but it looks like a flying rug when he goes). He has all the gears and is fancy broke. We aren't using him enough and he really deserves to have a person. My daughter has been barrel racing and while she's run Bentley a few times (he's actually really good on poles!), he's not her main focus right now. He has been desensitized to all kinds of kids and the crazy things they do. He really seems to do well in the show ring - ranch riding, dressage, or even trail courses have been awesome on him. He's young enough to still take any direction. He's a very cool horse with an even cooler Gypsy mustache. No horse is perfect. He does have a brain and he will try to use it if you don't. He hasn't done that with kids - he's patient and kind and tolerates about everything. But if he knows you can ride, or he expects that you can, he wants to know that he can trust you. If he does, he'll do everything you say. He can get a little lazy, and if he doesn't feel like a lope, you might get a little kick up in the air in the first few strides. Once he knows that you ignored him, he's over it and he does what he's told. By no means does he do that every time. Seems like just when the weather changes and he's feeling extra good (he likes early fall best!). He's in a herd right now and he's perfect on pasture. He's fine by himself, too. In a herd, he wants to be the boss but he's terrible at it. He tries to be mean to get control but it's usually over very quickly and most of the time other horses ignore him, as he's not a great leader. Very easy keeper and gets in shape quickly if you give him any time off. He's pretty much the same horse no matter what. He spooks at roadkill for some reason, but he doesn't bolt - just steps to the side and gets low. He loves to be groomed and unless you put him in a stall, he will need it. His mane will keep growing with proper care and he has a huge tail, along with great feather. He'll stand and let you brush an entire pasture's worth of dirt off him and he'll be happy about it. Easy for the farrier and vet. No issues with the trailer. Great in new places and doesn't worry too much about other horses acting foolish - just does his job. He's a solid horse that really needs to have his own person. We love him and we will cry when he goes to his next home, but he deserves to be someone's main horse.
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