He bathes, trailers, clips, lunges (even knows reverse cue) ties (cross ties or post) comes when you whistle, leads with or without a lead line, picks up feet and is GREAT for the farrier and vet. He has been ridden on trails and in the arena both English and Western. He does NOT move like a Western Pleasure horse however, more like working cow horse or hunter under saddle and he has spent the last year learning the basics of Dressage and has been to a few schooling shows. He has happily gone over 1 foot jumps occasionally but he hasn't been worked or shown consistently over fences. He goes in a simple "Happy Mouth" snaffle or a rope halter with no problems. I have never had a curb on him so I'm not sure how he would react to one.
Some of Cinny's skills in hand include: turning on the fore, turning on the hind, walk, trot, halt, back. We have been working on stretches. He has never been shown halter or showmanship however.
Under saddle he performs walk, trot, canter, halt, rein back with balance and poise. Under saddle he will also turn on hind, turn on fore, move shoulders left or right. He can trot a balanced 10m circle and can canter a balanced 15m circle. We have begun working on flying lead changes and he is almost there.
Cin rides well for just about anybody that has some confidence on a horse. He has been ridden by novices without much problem, but I won't say he is good for a novice as he will take advantage of someone who won't MAKE him do what they want. He has only been under saddle a couple years so there isn't much wear and tear on his body, but he has been consistently ridden 3-4 days a week for the past 2 years.... so I wouldn't call him green either. He has a scar on his right hind due to an injury as a foal. I vet checked him when I purchased him 2 years ago and was told it is only proud flesh and cosmetic, he is perfectly 100% sound. He has NEVER taken a lame or sore step the whole time I have owned him. He has always been barefoot. The scar can be seen on the last photo (the picture of my daughter sitting bareback on him).
He HAS however been treated for Ulcers. He was never scoped but had ulcer symptoms so we treated him for them for a month with Ranitidine (under my vet's care). He is now off treatment and is managed with a daily does of "SmartGut" and is perfectly happy, healthy and shows now signs or symptoms.
If you are looking for a horse with nice 4H potential, I think he would be it, or possibly a JR hunter/jumper, with a little more work. I do not feel comfortable saying he could go into a 4H ring TOMORROW, but probably after a month or so of working with him as it may take him a little time to "mesh" with a new rider.
I do not NEED to sell him, but I am getting a little more into Dressage and I am realizing that although he is talented, he does not enjoy Dressage 24/7 and is not what the Dressage judges are looking for in the Dressage Shows. Personally I think he would be happier in a 4H or Jr H/J home. Price is 2500 to approved, loving home. May consider trade for suitable Dressage mount.