But I'm also looking for a very quiet no fuss horse. Something nice and quiet, wont spook buck and I don't have to worry about doing silly stuff with me. Something I can get on bareback go for a ride along the road, hell even go along the road in the saddle without having the horse scare himself to the other side of the earth. But I found this horse for sale nearby and he sounds pretty good, opinions would be good. If we decide to buy defiently a vet check will be happening due to the fact he has apparent club hoof. I have an experienced horse person whos going to come with us if we decide to go see him on the weekend. So the owner sent me video of this horse being ridden, looks very slow but very quiet. He went from a canter to a halt very calmly it was really awesome. But heres all the info I've gathered by emailing her.
Yes Digger is still for sale, but he is more suited for trail riding as he prefers to just plodd along. I have done active riders with him participating in sports and dressage prep 1 test but definitely is not a performance horse and team penning would definaetly be too much for him. He would be more suited for someone who just wants a leisure horse they can pull out of the paddock every now and then and go off into the sunset through the bush on the trail.
I rely on him for that all the time. At times i've gone out to paddock to catch them and my other young un broken filly usually comes up running to me because she has more energy than Digger, but after a couple of minutes of her playing up with the halter on dancing around pawing and rearing I am quick to grab Dig instead. He is very lazy but has a kind eye and it would take too much effort for him to buck / rear or probably even spook for that matter. I have taken him out on trails on my own and he's been fine, the worst he done was when ducks were landing on the dam and all was quiet it mildly startled him but he just kept walking. He doesn't have much of a bubble, (personal space) but easily guided with wiggle of the lead to back off!! I can send you some footage of him I got today. I have basically learnt to ride on Digger and had him now for 2 years, I still class myself as a beginner but he has tought me so much. I basically only do walk / trot with him but my friend will get on him every now and then and blow out his cobwebs and he hates it, canter work that is.
He doesn't really like to canter (I don't think) but no buck, that would take too much energy!! He will drop out though if your not onto him. He does prefer to canter straight though and with the circles he goes better one way than the other, I think it's because of his club foot but don't really know. He is sound on it though, he was shod when I got him 2 years ago and not long after I done a barefoot trimming workshop with the Barefoot Blacksmith from Vic, and since then he's been barefoot. The only issue is he'll need a good farrier / trimmer. If he is trimmed flat and too short he will go lame, like any horse though!!
Boots would work wonders on any rocky stuff!!
He can be ridden bareback & in halter, no issues there. Throw my kids 7yrs & 9yrs on him barback double dinking and lead him down the road to his paddock and he's fine. Have taken him swimming in dam and at the beach no worries. Mind you we have no surf in Hervey Bay so nothing too scarry for him. Walked over pededstrain bridge to get to the beach and no worries.
There is no doubt you could do anything with him because the horse is only as good as the rider I believe but the reason why I say he's more suited for trail riding is because I don't know how his foot would hold up to too much pressure, he is such a lovely boy and I believe his job in life is to teach nervous people how to ride, at leisure!
---- so any opinions?