Here is my new gelding "Blitz" previously Sugarman aka: Western Sugar. He is a registered solid paint out of Western Cabernet and Ima Sugar Sea. He is 3/4 QH and 1/4 TB. He is 5 years old, just over 16hh, quite green, and I have had him for about a month. I am boarding him at a farm 6 km from my house where he lives in a petting zoo like setting with beautiful pastures. SOme of you may remember my other frantic posts about him being misrepresented, and the huge ordeal of trying to get him to his new home which left my wanting to back out of the sale. Needless to say, he has his forever home--although I do feel I paid a bit too much for him. I know I should have shopped around more, and bought a horse more suited to my experience, but... well... I fell inlove, thought he was beautiful, felt sorry for his current situation... Isnt that how most relationships begin ?
He was bought from a lady who stopped riding due to he knees and he sat out in a pasture for two years with minimal handling. So far he has been found to be a super gentle guy on the ground, who is easy to cathc, but has some herd-bound issues when left by himself in the pasture. He is at the very bottom of the pecking order. He knows the basics under the saddle, but I am working to improve my confidence with him, and his trust in me. I have ridden him out be him self a half dozen times, all without incident, although with a bit of coaxing on my part. I plan on sending him to a trainer in the spring for 30 days to have him finished (neck reining, more responsive to the bit, and to make him a bit safer for myself, as I am not very expereinced with green horses, and he needs the miles to build up his confidence. He is going to be a trail/pleasure horse... I hope to go on multiday pack trips in the mountains with him, and maybe take him hunting as he matures and becomes more confident. I know he isnt the most beautiful horse conformationally--he has a TB wither, is built down hill, has a short neck, and needs some muscling, but this is my first horse ( I grew up around horses and riding them, but never had one of my own), and I have had horses on the brain for as long as I could remember. My husband owned horses all his life, and his father is a retired farrier. We are hoping to buy property next year, get a horse for my hubby, and bring Blitz home. I hope everything works out well with him, that we become bestfriends, and have many good times together. Thank you so much for listening to my story.Please respond/critique/give your opinions, or share anything you would like.