"Apple Jack" aka A.J. Is a 16.2h 12yr old Appaloosa gelding. Aj is a brown varnish appaloosa with a white blanket and a small stripe. He is very big bodied horse, built more like a warmblood, and has good conformation for any discipline. Aj has been ridden on trails, has done some cross country schooling, ridden in and out of the ring w/t/c and jumping, and has worked cattle. Aj has smooth gaits and you could ride his trot all day long! Aj is a very curious and confident horse, who doesnt spook and is always the first one to greet you in the field. Aj wears front shoes and is an easy keeper, I havent had any lameness issues in the year that I have owned him. I acquired Aj in May of 2010 from a timid beginner who had used him for english and showing. The previous owner was having trouble with Aj because he would bolt in hand and being timid she was unable to train him out of it. I took on Aj, worked with him and made a lot of progress but as of Fall of 2010 I have had very little time to work with Aj. I have ridden him recently in the ring at a walk and trot and over small fences and he was good, but when it comes to in hand work Aj has resorted back to bolting when the pressure is too much. Without the consistant training Aj resorts to fight or flight before actually thinking things through. In the round pen, when he's unable to get away, he will act out by being pushy, kicking, or ear penning to start with, but once shown that he isnt dominant by continuing to work him Aj will start thinking again and then is a gentleman to handle. Undersaddle Aj is more of a push horse, and has had some dressage training in the past but would need a refresher. I am an intermediate pleasure rider and have had no problems with Aj, but he can get tense when first asked to work on the bit and with mroe contact so he will need some work for an english rider. Due to my lack of time since Fall 2010 Aj has escalated in his behaviors and has bolted under saddle when pushed the wrong way by a timid novice rider who had a very storng hold on his mouth and was continually squeezing him to go forward. Aj simply galloped back to the barn, but before then he had never bolted undersaddle and hasnt done it since but I feel that, until his issues are corrected on the ground, he should have an intermediate or advanced rider just to be safe. I unfortunately do not have the time to work him consistantly in order to cure this behavior. Due to his nature of testing individuals he is best suite for an advanced handler. Aj needs to be restarted from square one and needs someone who can consistantly keep him in line. Outside of the bolting Aj is a pleasure to ride, is suited for a beginner undersaddle (has been ridden by beginners in the past with no problems until being unhandled all winter), and is willing to try anything the rider asks of him. Loads, clips, bathes, stands for farrier, negative coggins, no biting, no bucks, no cribbing. Aj has the potential to be a very nice horse in and out of the show ring, but does need an advanced handler to start him over before he can perform to his best potential. Aj was started properly, but unfortunately learned to dominate his beginner owners, so he needs to be restarted back at the basics.For more information email and put Aj horse in the subject so it doesnt go to spam. Aj is priced at $1000 OBO. Or call Chad at 540-271- 0192 visit www.northriverarbains.weebly.com for more information and pictures.
**This is not my horse, I am posting it for a friend. He is an intermediate rider, sort of beginner handler (never had a lot of formal trainer, more so taught himself). I have trained this horse in the past and a few times here recently but I do not have the time to consistently work with Aj and Chad only works him about once a month so his issues have increased, although last year when he was worked regularly he was a very good horse!***
Aj goes in a eggbutt snaffle-this bit was the only spare I had when my friend first got Aj so until he bought he went in this snaffle.