Saturday, July 9, 2011
Falling in Love... Each Time!
This buckskin gelding is 4 years old and green. Gentle as a lamb but could barely get him out of a slow walk. My daughter picked up all four feet and hosed him down. The owner rode him with dull spurs and she needed to use them to make him "go". I always thought it was easy to speed a horse up, but hard to slow one down.
He is a pretty boy. I personally think he would ride better western - I rode him and his slow trot was very comfortable. I couldn't get him to canter, but she did with her dull spurs. If I were to go back I would bring a friend who knows how to look at a horses moves - make sure his conformation is good. I would also have a vet check, of course.
So, this is the first horse we looked at. I am driving up into VA to look at about 7 other horses. I have one I'm looking at Sunday (Molly - the rescue Palomino QH mare) and I have 2 I might look at in SC. I do have a favorite from the videos and dreamhorse.com, but I am keeping an open mind. I want a horse that suits me and one my girls can grow into for pony club.
This is Maddox (that's his name). Two horse people (who love dressage) did not like how he moved in a video ... I saw nothing wrong... but that is why I would never buy one on my own - I don't know what to look for. I thought he had a very nice slow "western" trot. And a very, very sweet personality.
Update on the pony... I believe we will be buying the little paint pony Cavy. We need to have a vet out and finish up four more lessons.