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Stager - 6 year old grade palomino paint gelding. 14.0 hands Crystal Falls, MI 49920-Just across the Michigan/Wisconsin border. ********NOT A KIDS PONY. NOT FOR SOMEONE INEXPERIENCED. PLEASE DO NOT MESSAGE ME AND ASK IF THIS GELDING IS APPROPRIATE FOR YOUR BEGINNER CHILD ************ Stager is a fun little horse that will make someone a fabulous trail or play day partner. He is brave on the trails, walks out really nice, will lead, follow or be the middle man.... (read more) He has zero personal space issues with other horses bumping up against him or riding up behind him. He is used to wildlife, bikes, trucks, ATV's of all sorts, dogs who are on the trail with us and cattle. He goes through water without an issue. Stager rides out alone without funny business but will run and holler at the fence line if you take his buddy out without him. I've ponied him a bunch in the last year at all gaits. I haven't done much in the arena with him, but he seems to handle arena time in stride. We did a three-day clinic at the end of June which was his first time in an indoor arena and he did just fine. Stager is starting to really understand leg pressure and is working towards becoming a much softer horse throughout his body. I am able to move his hindquarters and front end independently, his backup is coming along nicely. He rides really nice on a loose rein. He has been under saddle for just over a year-HE IS NOT A FINISHED HORSE by any means. He is a work in progress and is looking for a partner who can be patient, firm and consistent in their handling of him. Stager stands really nicely for mounting from the ground or from a mounting block/stairs/trailer fender/whatever you want to climb on to get on board. This spring he did buck a few times, but I was having some saddle fitting issues so I believe those were my fault, not his, as he hasn't offered to buck since I changed up my pad and saddle combo I had been using on him. He ties well, moves around a little while being saddled but is far better than even a few months ago so is making significant forward progress in the patience category. Standing tied a few times a week while I putter outside doing other things is part of his training and it has helped him immensely in terms of teaching himself to relax and bring that energy down versus getting amped up because we're going to go do something. He loads and unloads nicely from a trailer. There are no problems catching him in a pasture, he is so nosey he wants to come and see you right away when you walk through the gate. If you're working in the pasture on anything, he's right there with you trying to help. Stager respects fences and is very good at waiting to go through a gate until asked to. He is good with fly spray but I can't speak to bathing, as I haven't ever given him a bath at my house. Left eye is a partial blue eye. Words I would use to describe him would include: plucky (his ears are just so darn happy and forward on the trail, he just trucks right on along like a happy camper), somewhat immature (like a toddler who likes to test boundaries just to check if the rules have changed), playful and curious. He is the low man on the totem pole in a herd. I had him at my sister's house recently with her two geldings plus my two, and Stager happily accepted the bottom spot. He does not challenge other horses in the herd, but he does love to play. I would characterize him as the little brother that everyone passes around for 'their turn to entertain'. Stager can be mouthy. He will need someone who can discourage and correct this behavior. It has gotten much better since I've gotten him but he is still in that toddler I-want-to-put-everything-in-my-mouth state of mind. For this reason, I would not allow children or someone inexperienced to handle him as he will test a little and then a lot if not corrected. He has personality for days and wears his heart on his hoof. He loves attention and being scratched on. Sometimes when he neighs he doesn't use all his air and sounds more like a cow, it cracks me up every darn time. Was last trimmed 7/6/2021 (every 6 weeks). Is barefoot. Dental done 5/2021 Current Coggins Current on deworming schedule Enjoys chiropractic every 30 to 60 days Not a hard keeper, but not a super easy keeper like my grey gelding (who looks at full pasture and gains weight). He is best on 24/7 available pasture/hay (I use hay nets, which keeps him busier longer). He sleeps quite a bit so doesn't eat all the time :) He is not picky about hay, if it's in front of him, he will eat it. Delivery may be available depending on the distance. Call, text or message me for any additional questions you may have.
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