[Prelude: Hey guys, hope all is well. This is the first place any ad for this mare is appearing. It's kind of like a preview. Over the next week I'll be doing all the pre-sale stuff. I have to get her mane and tail sorted out, get her feet trimmed, have the vet out for checkups and consult with a few people whose opinions I respect about how I should price her. In the meantime feel free to direct any questions to me here, via PM, or my email is havesaddlewilltravel at yahoo. Thanks for viewing! -Ian]
Ginger Highlight Reel - YouTube
What can I say about this mare? I learned everything on her. Ginger was born on my parents’ ranch and is by a Thoroughbred mare and a Belgian stud, making her look like an enormous but stout Thoroughbred with just the right amount of draft-like traits. She is a tank. She’s tall; she’s (insert) hh and YES I have used a real measuring stick! As for weight, I’m not exactly sure. She exceeds the measuring tape so she’s over 1350lbs. Therefore I’ve also trained her to pick the rider up from the fence or a mounting block. I’ll be glad to show you how to do that when you come.
I’ve included a couple of different videos showing some of the things we’ve done. The Highlight Reel is a short compilation of different jobs we’ve done together and shows her general versatility. I’ve also included a few of the longer versions of segments from the highlights, if you’re like me and like to watch horse training DVDs for fun. You can find those on my channel. Finally, I’ve included a full-length version of a training session. I call it The Tune-Up Ride and it shows un-cut everything that happens from catching her to haltering, leading, hobbling, sacking out, tacking up, warming up, and riding the horse. It gives you the opportunity to see what it’s really like to work with this mare on a day-to-day basis. Think of it as a video owner’s manual custom-made for this particular horse.
My first priority when selling a horse is good matchmaking. I care about where these horses go, because I like them. However, this is not a rescue. You’re not adopting this mare, you’re buying her! Once the deal is done that mare is yours to do with as you please. I ask only for a handshake agreement that you’ll get in touch with me first should things ever change!
Back to Ginger. In my opinion the person who is most likely to get along with this mare is someone who likes to cover a lot of ground. This mare has a power plant that goes for days. The first time I ever rode her out we covered 15 miles and were along highways, wagons, other horses, chaos, and not only did she carry me through but seemed as fresh at the end of the day as the beginning. We’ve galloped on the beach and in the hills. We’ve pushed cows and gathered horses, started colts, I’ve given lessons on her, put beginner riders on her, I’ve roped off her, she’s hobble broke, trailer broke, stands tied, she’s good about her feet (she has huge bare feet that have never worn shoes), has a real pleasant disposition and doesn’t mind being petted, and likes the base of her tail scratched. She’s pretty friendly and around the pasture she’s like the Belgian, mellow. You can approach her while she’s laying down, sit with her and read a book. She can, however, also be a Thoroughbred! I feel it’s important to include this information because I believe that horses are what they are and to a large extent will always be! I’ve found that we get along the best when we have somewhere to go and something to do and she’s not one to suffer a whole lot of dry work. This mare will work the best when she has room to move.
The kind of buyer I’m hoping to attract is someone who would rather have to hold a horse back a little bit at the start of the day than have to kick her to go all day long. When this mare thinks forward it doesn’t take much to get her to go there. I’ve ridden her in the hackamore (the true hackamore), a rope and halter, and the snaffle bit. As long as she’s with me I’m gradually working her forward as a California Bridle Horse, and that’s what we’re working on until the day she’s sold. You could call her a California Hackamore Horse, except instead of cows we mostly work other horses. Teaching them to drive, ponying them around, things like that. It could be a new performance class!