Well, my partner of 7 years is now in semi-retirement. :( Rango's 21 this year and is now going blind in both eyes so it's time for him to pass the torch onto a new horse. Rango has taught me SO MUCH in these 7 years so he has earned his new semi-retirement lifestyle. He's still my #1 guy though. Always will be.
Anyway, I've found my next (horse) teacher! He's an 8 year old Hanoverian and his gaits are GORGEOUS! He's chestnut with 2 white socks and a white star on his forehead. 16.1-16.2 hh. He's had some dressage and eventing training, although he was abused with whips at the training barn I've been told he has LOADS of potential but they need to get rid of him because he's biting people. No one can really do anything with him except a vet who rides him (she's known him all of his life) and a college student who works with him on the ground doing a little Parelli. He has a bully streak in him b/c he was VERY spoiled as a foal and if he knows he can intimidate you, he will. But a lot of his behavior is also defensive b/c he's had a lot of bad handling as well.
The girl who works with him describes him as VERY playful, curious, fun, very smart and a real sweet heart. An example of how smart he is, is this hilarious story she told me about him. The farrier had just put front shoes on him (after being barefoot for a long time) and he proceeded to go out into his pasture and intentionally rip the shoes off They were watching him do it so that's how they knew it was intentional lol. He's sound to jump as well.
I'M SO EXCITED!!!!! We leave next Friday to go pick him up! I plan to do jumping and dressage with him after putting a good foundation on him going through the Parelli program. I have an opportunity in the future to go study with Karen Rohlf at her place in Florida, so I would be taking the new guy with me!!
I will post pics as soon as I have some! He's gorgeous, although he's a little fat right now lol.