Hmm, well, that's weird. My perch has THE most comfortable back, according to everyone who's ever ridden her bareback. And he should be nice and wide, even though he's a cross. I think you'd have to go try it yourself, and decide for yourself. You might want to try Koko bareback too, then, in case she's also bony.
Yeah that is odd. From what I've heard, most drafts/crosses are comfortable bareback.
I hope I can see them! But, there is a highway that has really bad winter roads leading there, and my parents are nervous about driving on it for 1.5 hours. :/
blue and Koko look like awesome horses! But I personally really like blue!!
Thanks :) I actually like koko alot more from what I've heard now.. I like Blues looks better of course, but koko sounds more well trained then him.
But, I guess you get what you pay for, and Blue sounds quite nice as well :)
Here is an email the owner of Koko sent me:
"She responds to voice aids and leg aids. Cluck to walk, cluck to trot, smooch to canter. She can be a bit lazy at the walk so sometimes you have to give her a good squeeze, but she's got a really nice trot and canter.
She's done a bunch of things with her last owner, only a couple with me (I've had her for a year). She's done trails and drill team with me, and then with her previous owner: trails, drill team, a bit of jumping, worked around cows. They tried her with team penning but she didn't have the heart for chasing after cows haha. I've ridden her right past cows on trails without her even blinking, so that's not a problem. Neither are dogs.
She was used as a lesson horse, her main rider was actually a disabled girl who Koko 'taught' to ride. She was even able to canter with her.
The palomino is Faye. She's 13 and a half, 14.3hh, also a QH/Appy. She's done more English than Western, for sure, but she's been used as a Western trail/pleasure horse for the past year-ish. I'd recommend her for a confident rider, who has all the basic skills. If you were working with a coach, that would be a bonus too. She's not dangerous, she's just forward moving and can get a bit headstrong when she wants to GO. She doesn't bolt or anything, she just gets a little stubborn and needs a rider who can be firm, but not mean. She likes a soft hand.
But she has had plenty of training, although she hasn't been used much in the past couple years. I was in Pony Club with her, up to C level. She's jumped to 3'9", only to 2'9" with me though, shown at 2'3-2'6", and she's evented as well. She's been around cows before, barrel raced, dressage, etc. She's got a wide back so she's comfy bareback, too!
She was my first horse, I got her when I was 10, and she really taught me a lot about riding. It's hard to sell her, after having her for almost 5 years. My mom's been riding her for the past year, after I outgrew her (I went from 5'6" or less to over 5'10", my legs were dangling down, haha).
She's really good for the vet and farrier - seriously, the vet loves her, and both she and Koko practically fall asleep when they're getting their shoes put on/taken off. She trailers and baths, no vices or bad habits.
I've put her up for $3500"
By the way.. the palomino horse is the one in the pics ;)
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Also, Blue's owner sent me an email:
"Blue would be good for a confident beginner...so I guess you would be more than suitable for him. The amount of jumping it sounds like you would do, I'm sure would be fine...like I said, he just couldn't do it on a daily basis of serious jumping.
As far as his aids go...I don't know much myself, I just get on and ride. But Blue is a quick learner, so he'd pick things up pretty quickly with repetition. Better give it some thought too, as far as the bareback riding with him. He really doesn't have a comfy back. His gaits are very nice. I'm not the greatest rider, but I can sit Blue's trot and his canter is smooth as far as I'm concerned...especially since I am not that brave and it takes a while for me to get comfortable enough to want to canter on a horse! Blue has oodles of personality too. And you can leave him for a long time and then just get on. The woman I bought him from had him for 3 years and she was pregnant for 2 of those years, so really he only got ridden for one year. And I don't believe she rode much. He had her kids thrown on him occasionally and maybe a relative sit on him but that was about it. "
I really don't like he has an uncomfortable back.. as she said to think about that.. it must not be good at all. Lol
But, I think if I go look at KOKO and Faye, I should look at him as well, since they are pretty close to one another.