Due to the unfortunate death of our wonderful lesson horse, Noah- we are being forced to look for another animal to bring into our program. Noah was an OTTB that I personally trained from directly off of the track, but you wouldn't know it. He was used for anywhere from the smallest children to our more advanced riders who were beginning to show, both english and western. He performed w-t-c flawlessly with automatic lead changes, backing, etc- but we didn't require him to run barrels, work as a ranch horse (which most of our other lessons horse do), work cattle, etc.
Looking for a new lesson mount though, we're looking for a well broke horse (preferably a gelding, but doesn't have to be) with a good woah but that is willing to do as much as is asked of him. We would require the horse to be able to w-t-c, back up, hack out on trails in a group (on property), and sidepass quietly and be fairly mellow, as we have a farm that often has any type of animal from bloodhounds to cattle to peacocks to goats and the animal must be able to ride quietly while around commotion since we run a therapy farm and often have very loud mentally disabled children come to ride. The horse would not be required to be 'gentle' enough for therapy riders, however.
Things that we would LIKE to see but arent necessary are flying lead changes (something I'm capable of teaching the mount if it does not already know), ability to do low level local rodeos once or twice a year (we let some of our lesson kids show their mounts in the rodeo and/or parades. It would be nice to have an animal that is experienced with both english and western riding, but again- not necessary. Western is good enough.
That being said, I'm going to post horses as I find them on here and you guys are welcome to critique them, give me ideas of things to ask the owners if we contact them, or even give me suggestions for horses that you have found.
This is the first guy that caught my eye just because of his video, but his pasterns are alarming. He's not 'pretty' but sounds safe and sane so I'll give him the benefit of the doubt here and post him anyways. We aren't interested in flashy, just sound enough to be able to work 2 lessons (with a break in between them) twice a week with the beginners, and one lesson twice a week with an advanced rider- which is what Noah did. The horse would be worked up to that, not put in immediately. Its also nice that he will pull things and does some ranch type work. Video**kid Gentle Bay Ranch Gelding
This guy seems to be built better but no video. A big plus is that he's already worked cattle so we could use him as a ranch horse as well, if needed. "mister" Gentle all Around Horse
I don't see the video that they're talking about but this guy has flying lead changes down supposively and has been started roping. He's cute but there are no conformation pics so I'm sure I'm missing something. Family ~all Around~ Flashy Paint Gelding APHA *video**
This guy is taller than the others, which is great. Noah was 17.2hh and used for our larger adults who wanted to ride, so having one that is 16.2 would be very helpful. He's also been ridden english, but it sounds like that may have been what they were aiming him towards, and our lesson horse would mostly be western. He's a bit young though, to be a lesson horse. Ofcourse, he may truely be an 'old soul' like our arabian, Xcia- but its something to consider. He's only a coming 5 year old. Amateur & Husband Friendly 16.3h. Gorgeous Gelding.