This boy measures 15.1hh but he is a big bodied 15.1hh and takes up a lot of leg when you sit on him. He is an EXCELLENT choice for a husband horse! He is beginner safe and can easily carry a heavier rider.There is an awful lot to like about this boy. We don't buy a ton of black horses. It is a color that people love and, as an unfortunate result, there are an awful lot of black horses out there that are "less than desirable" For that reason, we tend to be a bit harder on black horses when we see them.... (read more) Aston passed with flying colors!!! On the ground and in the pasture, this horse is a giant pet. He loves people and will make himself quite the pest if you are in his paddock. There will be no walking out there without petting him!!! In hand, he is a very good boy who leads quietly, ties, cross ties, is an angel with his feet, loads & trailers beautifully, and tacks up with no muss and no fuss. He is suspicious of the fly spray but really is good about that as well - he just isn't taking his eye off it!
Aston does know how to go around on the longeline but it is not really needed. This guy has way more "Whoa" than "Go" Aston stands like a gentleman for you to mount and waits for you to be situated. He has a true one-handed neckrein and does work off of your legs but is by no means light sided. If a beginner gets on and bangs his sides a bit, he isn't going to be ultra responsive and unseat them. He walks, jogs, stops, & backs nicely. He's a little lazy to lope but not obstinate lazy - good lazy! :) Having been a trail horse, he lopes easily out in the open but has a harder time getting the hang of loping around our small ring. He is traffic & trail safe and does go out nicely alone. NO vices & sound!
We bought this boy as a trail horse, however, the more we do with him, the more we think he'd be an awfully cute 4H or open show mount with a little polish. He naturally carries his head pretty level and goes along on a loose rein. He really is a cute mover! Left to his own devices, he jogs pretty slow (but he is a little springy to sit). If you pick him up and ask him, he can trot out and looks quite handsome when he does! We have purposely shown his reluctance to canter/lope off in his video (see English video). It isn't going to take much as within 20 minutes, Amber had him striking off right on cue. This horse is well worth a bit of tweaking to show!
**A note about traffic** Aston has been very good with traffic but, if you should have a truly
inconsiderate driver who finds it funny to gun it going by the horse with his loud truck & very rickety trailer, Aston will sidestep. No bolt or anything exciting but he does notice. With average traffic, Aston is a very good boy!
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