All things considered it is going to be a HARD choice. Of course when I ride them, I may just naturally have a preference.
The mare is registered, thoroughbred, 15 hands, in your pocket personality, came from a killer pen in very rough shape. Now healthy and in good weight, good feet, oblivious to needles, not dominent, loves grooming and fussing over, walk, trot, canter on a loose rein. Nothing seems to trouble her with Vet handling (shots etc). She is actually ready to turn 7 yrs. Bay. Has trail experience, but is still in training. Calm, tractible, and willing. She has been ridden solo, and they don't know how she'd react to horses blowing past her. She loves to canter and will play out in the field. No vices, no health issues. She won't load a straight load but is great with a slant. She has no experience on the road. She is a hay burner, eats more hay than the gelding and drinks more water than the gelding.
The gelding actually they aren't "sure" he has arab cross. They are basing that on his size 14.1 hands, and the way he's built in his backend. He was abandoned in a field by owners who moved, and he and his pasture buddy later broke out and were on the loose for three weeks in search of food and water. He is sorrel in color, "bombproof" but energetic. He is not a warm and fuzzy horse, but is all business about his job. He's sensitive to rein, seat, and leg, walks, trots, canter on a loose rein, 7 yrs. He is a good solo trail horse, and not likely to get upset with other horses blowing by. He is an easy keeper. He may need a special saddle has he has prominent withers and a quarterhorse tree "pinches". When I looked at his photo he looks wide in the withers more than "prominent", so that may allude to an arab cross or not.
I get 30 days to "try" the horse. If I don't like it, I can trade for another no questions asked, or get my money refunded. After a one year trial period I will get ownership of the horse.
I've got a lot to mull over. We will drive up to look at them on Saturday. If I'm really taken with either, I'll bring one home. I see positives in both horses. I like the experience and level headedness of the gelding, but does he have a real arab cross? And how successful are straight QH's at completions? It would be so nice to ride a settled sensible horse.
The mare also has a lot of really good qualities. I LOVE an affectionate in your pocket horse. They say she isn't reactive at all or panicky in new situations, so she has plenty of potential, but there are a few unknowns out there that would be up to me to train her through.
Discipline: LD/Endurance, CMO, Trail Rider, Cartoonist, Writer, Co-Director/ Green Bean Endurance
Favorite Links for training, gear, and memberships!
- National Association of Competitive Mounted Orienteering
- HOW TO CMO
- What is CMO?
- Old Dominion Endurance Rides
- Renegade Hoof Boots
- Riding vs. Racing a discussion with the Duck.
- Trumbull Mountain's INTRO TO ENDURANCE RIDING
- Principles of Conditioning
- Conditioning the endurance horse by SERA
- Short Article: Feeding & Training the Endurance Horse
- Feeding the Endurance Horse, Swedish Author
- Preventing Dehydration In the Endurance Horse, Ontario Competitive Trail Riding Association
- Jim Holland's fantastic training links here!
- South Eastern Distance Rider's Association