I have had Jake for about...7 Years now? Honestly when I first got this horse, I hated him. I didn't want to ride him, he was pushy and I had trouble controlling his frequent lateral movements. Lol At the time I had an appendix that my dad wanted to sell, I wanted to keep that horse but eventually I was just left with Jake. Despite my problems with him, I wasn't going to stop riding. So our journey started there.
Jake is almost fearless, I can count all of his 'spooks' on one of my hands those were all when he had an eye injury and had limited vision in one eye. This horse has never said no to me, any water crossing, any jump, honestly if I specifically didn't tell this horse to turn away from a fence he would (actually has) run into the fence for me. I remember one time I was lost and trying to see where I was on trail. So I dismounted, detached one rein and climbed up a 5 foot vertical embankment. When I was at the top Jake was staring at me at the bottom with ears forward watching me for a moment before he took a step back and crouched down. I jumped out of his way as he tried to jump up the embankment from a standstill, he landed on his stomach, with his front legs up and his back legs down on the soft crumbling dirt. With the dirt being so soft, he couldn't get back up, so he just laid there calmly staring at me like "what now?" I ended up jumping down and having to dig out the dirt from under his belly before he slid down and we went on our way.
Jake LOVES sandwhiches. He knows I always have one at shows and that he gets the crust, he is the only animal I have that is aloud to beg. And boy does he beg!
Besides being as hot as he is, he relatively has no vices and never has. I have put him in situations where any other horse would have kicked and he hasn't. (including attacking dogs, poking wounds in his back legs with razors or needles to drain....running at him from behind and jumping on his back....ect) Never bit anyone, lets kids pull/climb all over him.
Jake gets along with all horses. He ignores most, and has been knocked off his feet a few times from ignoring them. He doesn't move out of other horses way, but doesn't push his way around either.
Jake can be super light on the bit, or super hard depending on the rider and his mood.
I know this horse in the saddle like the back of my hand. I am pretty sure there is nothing this horse can do to throw me, or unseat me (not that he tries.....but being special as he is he throws himself off balance) The only time I have fallen off of him, is because I've had to throw myself off because he's hitting the ground too.
When Jake gets super frustrated he goes two ways. Up (rears) or down (lays down) haha. This horse can drop to the ground like he's been shot. He'll lay on his side and won't get up<---I have on video lol.
Jake knows when they (him and dutchess) are loose and we are chasing them (otherwise they stand in the arena like bums and won't move anymore than they would in their pens) that when he is done if he stands by me he doesn't have to run a round anymore. He'll come to me and stand/follow me around. While Dutchess still is galloping laps.
This horse believes to his core that trails are for galloping, and that I'm a stupid human for not letting him do his job. He gets very frustrated that I am this stupid.
Jake can canter practically in place (asked and not asked for), and do a bad version of a Pirouette (asked for) but can't canter consistently.
I also stretch out his legs when I tighten the girth. So after I tighten his girth I stand in front of him and he'll lift his legs for me.
Out on trail, forks in the road are always something that set Jake off. I don't know what's so exciting about them, but a change in direction makes him oh so excited.
Jake likes under his neck and his chest to be scratched.
I have never met a horse so focused on its person before. Its rare that he doesn't have at least on ear on me when I'm riding. When I'm walking around he always has his head up watching me do what ever I am doing. I tell you, If I;m with him and I crouch down to grab something, his head is also on the ground looking at what I'm looking at. If I'm sitting on the ground he will keep his head at my level for a good amount of time.
Jake also comes (85% of the time) on command.
I'll stop here. Lol