I purchased another horse today, a half Friesian, half Quarter Horse Gelding. His sire is Raven a Friesian and he can be viewed at the "Horsemeister" website. A few months ago I was in Virginia looking at his half sister, Apelles . At this time I believe she is still for sale and I really did like her... but we were unable to come to an agreement and so the search continued... And this is what I found. He will be my horse and Oberon will eventually be primarily my girls to ride. But for now, I will be riding Oberon quite a bit as Rudy (Rudolph Valentino) is as of yet unbroken.
He is taller than Apelles, he is 15.3 right now (his QH mother was 15 hands). I believe he will be more athletic than Apelles and dressage will "fit" him a bit better but he still has a wonderfully smart mind - that is what I so admired in Apelles. I expect him to fill out quite a bit and maybe get an inch taller. He has a very level head and is calm and very smart. James Cooler will be training him using the Natural Horsemanship approach. I will be documenting the entire process and sharing what I learn and, of course, a ton of photographs, I'm sure. Currently he lives in Illinois and I will have to await transportation and for an opening at Fiore Farm.
He is just a baby in the video below, but the short video on the bottom was taken this past weekend:
And this is him now at 3 1/2 years old: