I'm going to look at a 13.2 TWH this weekend. Hope he'll be the one
. I can't tell you how great it will be to mount from the ground...good-bye mounting block!!
Well, he was pretty far from perfect...barn sour, a little stubborn, nippy looking for treats, thought he could use me as a scratching post...but there was just "something" about him so, due to his owners' willingness to fairly negotiate his price, he's being delivered to me today.
His personality is actually pretty cute. He has good ground manners overall, just spoiled and has a couple of issues I can work out. I can touch him everywhere, get him to yield to pressure without a struggle, he gives his feet willingly, easy to tack up and mount.
I saw pics and videos (before I bought him) of them riding him and he tries really hard. His owners are not experienced horse people at all so considering what he was working with, I think he's done pretty well. Not knocking newbies because we all have to start somewhere, but as an example, when they brought me his bridle, the bit was literally hanging halfway in his mouth. As a small horse, they just used a regular horse sized bridle and let the bit fall where it may. They said he plays with his bit alot, well yeah lol, it's banging on his teeth and he can grab it. I had them punch some more holes in the bridle to fit it properly but then I had curb chain issues. They'd had the bridle so far down before that they'd twisted the curb chain to try to make it fit, so when I fitted the bridle properly the curb chain was way too tight. It was stuck in place so I couldn't adjust it. I finally put his halter back on and rode him with just that and he did much better. Considering he's done as well as he has for them with ill fitting equipment, I think he has great potential.