Trooper was given the name Trooper because he was "Just a little trooper" - an old phrase meaning he just did what he was told. During his ranch years, he was used with sheepherders brought in from Chile, who had no riding experience, and who needed a horse to ride in rough country 50+ miles from the nearest paved road. And Trooper always got the job done.
Cowboy was given to us, free, because no one else wanted him. He was too "bad" to be used for giving lessons. So he came here. Turns out he LIKES going out on trail rides with one of the big horses (Cowboy is 13.0 hands). Take him out with one of the big horses, don't get real bossy with him
, and he's a good, safe & sane ride for people who ride once every few years:
I was riding him last fall when some idiots started emptying their Glock handguns in our direction with no idea we were there. My friend said he could see the bullets cutting thru the vegetation near Cowboy's feet. Cowboy was scared, but he waited for me to decide. My friend and I decided it was safer (for reason that would take too long to explain) to charge TOWARD the shooters. And Cowboy did as told, without hesitation! And the place where he was used as a lesson horse delivered him to me for free because Cowboy was "naughty" and "rebellious"!
So yes, they ARE out there. However, how a person rides them affects things too. Cowboy still gets very nervous riding in an arena...too many bad memories of being a lesson horse, I guess. But I don't know of a safer horse to ride in the desert, or a more practical one! If I needed to be able to trust my life to one horse, in the desert, it would be Cowboy.
PS - He is not for sale.