LOL, the photos, are taken by the person who has him at her facility, she is an awesome photographer and is excellent at marketing. She was the person who found Ace for me, so I'm favorably inclined towards her.
Here is Bens story
Ben belongs to a very aged gentleman, he and his wife both have troubles even getting around, but bred horses for many years. They bred some very neat and interesting crosses, all bred to produce great movement such as Hackney Arabian crosses (on awesome mare I trained for them back home.) Ben was in the group of horses that was one of the last that they bred. His age is within 2 years (The owner thinks he is 8 this year, but I put him as "ten" to be on the safe side). Like I said, very aged gentleman.
Ben was born, not handled, chuted, gelded and then untouched. He was brought to me the first time two years ago pretty much untouchable....and BIGGGGG lol We backed up to the arena, unloaded and herded him into a box stall. I'd let him into the arena, free longe, (round pen style) and herd him back in, and got the halter on in ten days. He was actually VERY easy to halter break thank GOD because he's huge hahaha. He was nervous and scared but ALWAYS very respectful! He learned quickly and I did get him saddled and bridled. That August I had a bad accident and broke my back. W came to pick up Ben and take him home since I wouldn't be able to continue. He was ready to back the trailer up and I said no no...he'll load. He was shocked at the progress Ben had made , loading into his tiny low roofed cattle trailer!
Fast forward to spring 2010.. W brought Ben back. He couldn't really afford to pay me so we made a deal... He wants a base price on the horse and I can have what ever I sell him for over that...however I broke my leg badly, and barely made it through my own show season.... SO Ben sat... He got some work done over last winter, then show season FILLED up my barn and he sat again. This summer C took him on as a project working as she had time, and since fall he's been in 4x a week now. He's saddled and bitted and very much more sacked out, she's done great with him. I am very pleased. We hope to start ground driving and riding him very soon!
This horse is absolutely captivating, he has such presence and his movement is TOO COOL! He will look SO INCREDIBLE as a dressage horse!