Drifter and I are starting to go in different directions. I do not think he is truly happy as an eventing prospect and would be more suited towards ranch life/work or a horse for trailrides and fun shows. I am debating on whether or not to try and find him a new home. My decision is not yet final. However, I am having trouble deciding on a price. I will tell a little about him below and was wondering if $1,200 sounded reasonable.
Drifter is a 9 year old Appendix Gelding. Grandson of Jet Deck and great grandson of Seattle Slew on dam's side. 16.1 hands. Bay with a star and snip.
Drifter knows the barrel pattern. He was ran before I got him and consistently ran 2D times. I do not barrel race but he has since been on the pattern at play day events. He almost lost me ( ha ha). He will follow a cow and I have used him to rope off of. However, I do not think he could show in any cow related events because when one tries to get past him he gets mad and bites it. Pretty sure that's illegal in competition
He has jumped up to 3'6 in the ring and schooled Novice level in Eventing, but he does not seem to enjoy his job. He is much happier trail riding or chasing cows. He is an AMAZING trail horse. He will cross water, go down ditches, pony other horses, whatever you want to do he will do it! I have gone through town and rode to our university with him and he didnt give one wink. He is used to four wheelers, dogs, cars, bikes, etc. He will gallop across a hay field and walk as soon as you ask him to, he is always ready to go but does not get "hot". He will stand while opening and closing gates, and knows how to line up next to a tree or log for mounting on the trail. He will ground tie. Just drop the reins or lead, and command him to "stand". He will wait all day. This is a horse that I have just jumped on bareback with a rope halter and gone out on the trails with my friends. He never so much as batted an eye.
I have given lessons to beginners on Drifter. I have taken him swimming. He will run up to you in the pasture. Loads like a charm and hauls easily. UTD on all shots and coggins. Goes barefoot. He has a big scar on his left hip, but injury has since healed and it does not bother him any. It is cosmetic.
Drifter is a big, gentle giant. He is an old soul with a great brain. He is great with kids but I hesitate to advertise him as "kid friendly" because of his size and the fact that he sometimes needs a reminder of who is boss when it comes to ground work.
So what do you all think? Anything stand out from the ad that I need to work on? Am I asking a reasonable price? I feel like a sane trail horse is worth their weight in gold to a lot of people, but I am afraid his scar will make him less desirable to those who afraid it means he is unsound.