11-27-2013, 12:18 AM
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Before I say anything else I am going to say I am biased against him. I've been on about two dozen Te N Te horses and every one was a nut, every ones go to spook move was to flip over backwards get up and then bolt, in the pasture, on the ground and under saddle. They also had quite a bit of talent in the bucking department I'm the biggest groundwork person in the world and that spookyness stayed in these horses, they all got better of course but I never trusted one of them. With an experienced rider they were very very manageable. You could feel them start to get worried, you'd bend them down and wait for them to relax and go about your day. They could of killed someone who wouldn't of caught it in time when they were just tense though. They were also all awful on the ground with desensitizing. Every single one was very smart and figured out to show a sign of relaxing to make the object go away. If you weren't watching for the real relaxation and continued at the same energy that was when they flipped, got up and bolted the opposite way. However the experienced eye could see they were about to blow, they'd have a leg cocked, their head down but they'd be tight and practically have their eyes popping out of their head. You'd have to lower your energy a notch and very carefully to watch to see when they actually relaxed. The barn owner constantly had a huge bill to the chiropractor and massage therapist because they constantly threw themselves out in the withers and poll among other places from the impact of flipping over. Out of these horses there was only one I had any trust for at all, the mare came off a big working ranch and was half belgian. This mare's dam had obviously contributed a ton to her disposition, she'd rear when spooked like the rest of them but she wasn't a nut who'd flip over without any self preservation like the rest of them.
Besides the huge gaping lack of self preservation they all shared in common, they were the kind of horse I liked to ride. All were sensitive and quite catty but not hot and they caught on to new things quick. There was a bit of variety in the ones I knew but all had quite a bit of talent. The majority were barrel horses, others were just working ranch horses that had been used for doctoring cattle, and a couple had flunked out of the cutting pen.
All that said i'm sure there's a ton of perfectly nice Te N Te horses, but I have not found one and I can't say i'm looking for one.
I can say I like or dislike the stallion all day but the mare is just as important. The two need to compliment each other. However, I would recommend the most quiet dead headed mare around if I were to cross onto a Te N Te stallion.
The 'conformation' pictures are not very good. One his head is turned and the other he's standing on a downward slope.
He's a bit thick through the neck with a coarse throatlatch. He's got a nice shoulder but I can't tell much about his front legs, in both pictures they're in shadow. He's a bit mutton withered but had a nice strong back. He's got a decent hip but appears quite sickle hocked in one photo and in the riding photo. He also appears to have upright pasterns which he passed along to all three of his offspring shown. Take that with a grain of salt however because those aren't good photos to judge a horse by.