Well today Mum committed to take on a horse [we weren't even properly looking, she'd just commented she wanted something to ride while her pony is growing up... and I came across him while browsing for tack - he fell into our laps so to speak]. He is INCREDIBLE.
16.2hh 9yo gelding. Brown with a star, snip, and one sock.
We are leasing him for now, in 2 years time his owner will decide if she wants him back or if she's going to sell him to us... this is a favour to her as she adores him but is a beginner so can't handle his foibles. We only have need of him for two years, while Mum's pony matures, and in that time we can get the buck out of him and give him an education while she continues to grow and improve... then she can decide if she wants him back. If not I'm thinking I might buy him off Mum because frankly I am in love.
He has the most AMAZING conformation, uphill built with a beautiful hind end, springy hind legs, a fantastic shoulder, perfect length of back, nice bone, good pasterns, nice neck set & shape, beautiful head...
THE most incredible knee and hock action. Naturally moves uphill with an engaged hindquarter. Wants to self-carry [nervous but when he relaxes he honest to god looks like a trained dressage horse]. BIG foreleg flick in the trot while still maintaining hind end engagement, will lend himself very well to collection as well as superb extension. Very very green so this is all natural tendency.
Feels amazing to ride. Second best horse I have ever ridden... second only to an FEI dressage horse I have been lucky enough to ride [who, by the way, is training solid GP and when I rode him was looking to compete at said level], and Ben's not second by much!
...bucks like a demon. This is a combination of fear and learned evasion, nothing a few soaked saddle pads won't fix. And the fact he hasn't been consistently ridden in something like 6 months doesn't help.
Guess his breed?
A CLEAN SLATE FOR THE FUTURE
Last edited by blue eyed pony; 12-16-2012 at 12:18 PM.