My goal for him would for him to eventually serve as a trail/fun show horse. Which is he is fully capable of doing both. He leads well. Will tie. Stands for farrier. Picks his feet up. He is great on the ground.
My main hang ups are two major ones. He won't load well, and he is buddy sour on his mom to the point where they cannot get him to ride far away from her (reason they are selling). I know how to deal with these problems, because I faced the same issues with Drifter. Its not a question of if I can work with him, but whether if I WANT to. Getting Drifter over his buddy sour and trailer issues took a long time and a lot of sweat and tears. His owners have told me that if you manage to load him and you take him away from his mom, he is a saint. They told me they would give me a week trial in order to show me this. I take that with a grain of salt though because in my past experience (drifter) it didn't take the horse very long to find a new buddy to attach to.
I am just looking for more horse people to discuss it with. My barn friends keep telling me to go for it, that he would make a great trail and fun show horse, but they were not around for most of Drifter's antics when I first got him. They keep telling me what a great horse he has turned into, but they didn't see the hours I cried that led up to that point haha.
His seller is a great man. He never minced the truth for one second and I really appreciate that about him. He was up front with me about Thunder's issues from the very beginning when I first called. I was really pleasantly surprised by that since I feel like that is so hard to find in some sellers now a days. Here is his ad:
Horse for Sale
What is yalls thoughts/opinions?