Spoke with the trainer I have working with one of my geldings about finding a home for my older daughter's brood mare and finding a more suitable horse for riding without needing quite so much training needed. She just so happened to have a friend in a financial bind looking to rehome her 7 year old gelding bay roan.
I was apprehensive because I was looking more for an older, more seasoned horse that had been there done that so everyone of us could be able to ride. Turns out he was trained by the original owner to work cows, but was too slow so they through him out with the cows for 2 years before this lady bought him. They did about 30 minutes of ground work with him, saddled him up and have not looked back in the 2 years she has had him. She has yet to find a vice in him other than cribbing in the stall after meals, but he wears a collar for that.
She had back surgery back in November and her ability to provide proper care for him is deminishing fast so she wanted to find him a home before it got too bad. I went to look at him last night with my 12 yr old daughter and the frigging horse took to her like dust to a mantle. I immediately thought about Beauty and the Beast watching him follow her around without a lead rope or anything. After she made her first step he then began to follow and as soon as she stopped he stopped with his head about 8 inches off her shoulder. I told her to side step to her left, slowly turn to walk to her left and he fell right into the pattern with his head down and ears forward.
I took the position to lead him around and he looked at her before following me as if to get her permission. He never let the rope get tight before paying attention to me instead of anyone around us.
I am going back on Wednesday to saddle him for a ride before loading him on the trailer to take home. He is current on all vacs and coggins and she is having her farrier come to my place to trim him Thursday.
Now these are the only 2 pics I have that she sent me as I didn't think to take pics while I was there. The pics do not do him justice and make him look worse than he is. Albeit he has lost muscle tone from lack of work due to her back surgery and won't take long to get him back into shape. I was honestly expecting to see him like my daughter's QH as for shape, but was pleasantly surprised when I saw him in person. I will update with better pics when I go back for the ride.....
Ok ok on to the pics.