I am in auckland and would be using him for farm hacking, beach rides etc. Thats a good idea about trying him in scrub as some of the bush around my place is pretty thick and I would like to try and create some more tracks. I think the forest where I am going to tomorrow is mostly pine though.
Stan, that sounds like fun! A guy that I ride with uses a machete from his horse to clear the track when it gets too overgrown for us to get past, it always impresses me how his horse doesn't bat an eyelid with this huge knife being swung around her head.
I think the mare was a tb and the stallion a full andalusian. Will try and attach a pic of him.
I like that she said if you can ride he is a horse that you can become confident on really quickly as he is really easy to read. Soft hands I can do although might take a little adjustment on my part as my stubborn old plodder has a pretty hard mouth at times.