horse shopping - looking for the impossible....
How do I get myself into these things???
I took on a short term training situation. Guy was referred to me (thanks a LOT) who is older gentleman doing Civil War Reenactment.
He had noooooooo riding experience before doing this. He muddled around and bought a big TWH gelding. Got all the tack, joined the cavalry and did three summers of reenactments without killing himself or anyone else. The horse tolerated his absolute beginner rider skill level and also muddled through the reenactments. Then on season three, the horse started to have eye issues in his right eye. Ultimately, he went blind in his right eye and the owner started having issues with the horse at reenactment. eventually, couldn't even get him to load.
Owner shops around and finally buys an 8 year old AQHA gelding from some farm. Horse never even heard a pop gun. Owner takes horse to fourth season full of reenactments totally unprepared and horse of course strongly objects.
Owner finds me. We put month training and eval. on the horse, determine horse is not cut out for reenactment life and we all agree gelding is to be sold.
Owner needs to return to a gaited breed for his next horse. He can't post.
Where in the world do I find a gentle, broke, brave gaited horse big enough to carry a tall man with little to no riding experience through three day reenactments five times a summer?
And no, I'm not kidding.....
On a side note, this qh geldings is a doll, very talented and sweet. He's big, HYPP neg, broke well, desensitized to a LOT but just isn't willing to tolerate this big guy bumbling around on his back while a field full of infantry and artillery are firing black power weapons stuffed with Cream O Wheat at him.