Join Date: May 2009
Location: Lakeland, Florida
No he doesn't crib, chew or weave. No bad habits to speak of really. He gets a little jumpy at times, but has gotten good a listening to me when I tell him to settle down or tell him whatever is scary isn't going to eat him nearly as fast as I will. We have done lots of sacking out and despooking. Apparently this horse was so hard to handle they had to lay him down or tranq him to trim his feet!!
I got him in Oct and the next day (before I heard all his horror stories) I put him on the wash rack and bathed him and trimmed his feet. Previous owner rounds the corner as I am finishing the last foot and about faints. He says he is letting you do his feet!? Then tells the story(s).
The reason I got him was that I was asked to give an opinion on him. The couple had had him 6 months and couldn't bond with him. I spent an hour in the round pen and did some Clinton Anderson lunging for respect and he just seemed to get it. They offered him to me since I had gotten further in that hour then they had in 6 months. All I did was tell him I wasn't gonna hurt him, but this is what I expect of you. When he is doing right I don't pressure him, when he gets in the wrong I pressure till he gets where he is suppose to be. The few times I got after him, for getting a little on top of me from trying to get away from scary things, I gave a sharp yell and made him back off. He is rather sensitive and gets his feeling hurt if I am not pleased with him.
I am hoping he is stud quality and will continue with the good disposition (other than occasional jumpiness I have never had problems with him). I have done lots of give and flex work with him and line drive him all over the place. Once he is fully under saddle we will continue the give, flex, bend, and collection exercises. Then next year exhibition barrels lightly and see if he is barrel futurity quality for his 4th or 5th year.
My horses have done so well on dac that I became a rep. Stand behind 'em 110%.