So, I have just put one ad out there for my guy, as well as told folks I know, that he could be had-for a price. The price is...obscene-but, I don't care if I sell, but if someone wants him-fine.
So, I had a lady call on him last week. I told her HONESTLY what he is and does. He is REINING trained, safe, sound, and I could put a monkey on him on a trail and he would pack them around. She told me her primary concern is that the horse is safe. That-he is. As I told her-the worst he will do if he is in question-is stop. He is smooth, which she wanted. The ad, as well as me talking to her made it clear he is a western horse. He has never been ridden english. I ride him bridle less, but NOT with direct contact. He tends to be balky, and that is my main reason.
So-she shows up. I knew we were going to have a problem when she showed up in breeches and boots.
I got on, rode him, and a friend of mine who was also there riding, said the first time I stopped, the ladies eyes got wide. He was stellar. Honestly. So-lady wants to try him english, but, she prefers to use my reining bit, which , actually is a jointed correction, and I told her to stay out of his mouth. She says-ok-I have soft hands. Well, she lasted about 5 minutes. My poor boy was trying to do what she wanted, god love his soul-but she was confusion the crap out of him. She pulls into the center, and says to me "He is too much work to ride. I don't want one I have to work at to ride."
Ok-fine. She then starts off again-I stopped her and said-ok-then GET OFF and I will go have a nice trail ride. Thanks.
Not sure what she expected from a horse that is reining trained. He does NOT do contact. Period. I thought I was clear. Obviously not. **Head-Desk**