Hi guys...I haven't been around much and I hate that this particular situation is what has brought me back. I am having to find a home for my guy, J.R. He is around 18 years old and I've had him since he was 9. He is my baby and I grew up with him. He taught me how to ride. It's killing me to write this. I am a 23 year old college student and I also work part-time to full time. I will be moving [from Florida] to North Carolina next summer and I cannot take him with me. He has been in Florida all of his life, has never stepped a foot in snow, and already is a bit of a hard keeper when it gets cold. I think it would be cruel to move him to such a different climate. I also am running out of funds. I can say with confidence that I can afford to board him for at least the next year, but after that, I won't be able to.
I want to say right now that I do not have a set price on him. That is completely negotiable. I am willing to do whatever it takes to get him to a home that is best for him. Right now I have no time for him whatsoever. I do not see him except for once or twice a month. I planned an attempting to continue boarding him where he is for the remainder of his life, but I don't feel right denying him the opportunity to have someone he brings joy to on a consistent basis.
Although he is older he has no health issues. He is up to date on his shots and has a negative coggins. He doesn't wear shoes (never has) and is a pretty easy keeper when it's warm. I've trained him to do HUS and he does some low jumping (the highest I've ever taken him is 2'6"). We competed for two years in 4H and came home with ribbons. He does need at least a confident beginner intermediate rider with quiet hands. The more experienced the better. No vices, no buck, no rear, no bite. Not for children. I got him when I was 13 and he was too much for me to handle. I would be more comfortable with an older youth, although if you are younger and have excellent riding skills, I wouldn't mind hearing from you.
His health record is clean. He is a good eater. He is a bit insecure and can get buddy sour (although he is not currently) so he needs a confident, secure rider that will not allow him to take advantage of them. NO SPEED EVENTS. He is slower paced and has never run competitive speed events and does not enjoy them. He is about 15.1 or 15.2 HH. He trailers with a little coaxing (usually without a problem). He knows his leads and he can collect with a soft hand and a firm, encouraging leg.
Right now he is in a kimberwick on the softest bar with a chain. He has only ever been ridden English since I got him so I do not know how he will respond with a heavier saddle.
This boy is my heart but I do not want him to be left to live out his life alone in a pasture without someone who is able to devote their time to him. He is a wonderful horse. He does not have papers, and has not been ridden in several months. He is rarely green even after the longest of breaks between rides. He retains everything he's learned and is a gentleman under saddle as long as you can lead him.
I live in northwest Florida (Pensacola/Brewton/Mobile) area. If you are interested, please PM me and we can discuss things. I would really prefer he stay in a mild climate, but I will not discount people who might live somewhere where it gets a bit colder. I really hope you respond. Thanks for reading.