So this is sorta kinda a critique. I went to visit Joe and there were things that I liked and things that I REALLY didn't like. Joe himself is just the biggest sweetheart! He lives to be petted and even rested his head against me a few times and he just met me! He needs quite a bit of work. He's never trotted before, and wont stand for mounting. He's only juust turning 4 so none of it is much of a surprise. What I didn't like was their methods of training him. In order to mount him, they twitch him. This REALLY pisses me off. He's only 4 years old and in my opinion, that's just a sloppy fast way to get results. They also use some sort of metal bosal with pressure points on it. I can't remember what they called it but it started with a "C" I think? Anyway, they mentioned that using it will cut them and rub the hair off their face. They used it on their mare when they wanted to train her to load in the trailer. I guess she used to try to run so they tied her to the trailer using a lunge line and the metal bosal and when she took off to run, she would hit the end of the line and snap back. Personally I think that's a good way to permanently fudge up their nose and another sloppy way to get fast results. If you look very very closely at Joes face you can see little cuts on him from the bosal.
They want $1000 for him which, even though he's stunning and has decent ground manners, its out of my price range. Especially for a horse that has to be twitched to mount, can't go past a walk, and is only just turning 4 that isn't registered. Oh, did I mention that he wont walk with a halter? They have to use a bridle if they want to taken him anywhere.
Another HUGE thing that bugged me was Cathy. She is one of their friends that is riding him in the pictures (Not the owner). They must have mentioned at least 10 times how they have such a great bond and how he was "her horse". I had to bite my tongue from asking why the hell she just didn't purchase him or why they didnt just give him to her. ARGH
Here are some pictures of him and his video. Let me know what you think of him.