I met a very gorgeous gelding this Sunday. His ad said "Gorgeous Arabian Gelding for Sale"....no kidding!! He was advertised a while ago and then off the market, I later learned because of the owners parents were having some health issues. He's now back on and cheaper than before and the owner sounds flexible on even that price.
His name is DKB Windsong Brio. His owner calls him Wind and I've learned that before he was called Brio. I was actually liking the name Brio and thinking it would be a nice horse name a while back...hmm.
Brio used to be a stallion, at age 4 he was gelded and Barbara has had him the past 3 years used mainly for trail and she's done a 25 LD ride last fall I think. She said he encountered a lot of new things and did really well, just needed encouragement at some obstacles like water that she doesn't have much chance to expose him to.
When I got to her barn Wind/Brio was in the pens with a one-eyed mare. He was a little worried about a new person being in there but didn't run off he just kept his distance and looked at me. He later warmed up as I stood by him and stroked him.
I lead him around the pen and he was very good with staying out of my space and with stopping on cue. He was even good at trotting on the lead with me. Barbara rode him first in the pen, walk and trot. Then she rode him out in the pasture next to the pen where there was a little turn about for a trailer. She got him up into a canter but said she mainly rode him out on trails or fields so circling wasn't her or his strong suit. He had a nice trot to him.
Later I mounted up and he got nervous right away because I mount differently than his owner. She had me get off and mount again. This time I made a few adjustments and because it was the second mounting Wind seemed fine. I walked him around the pen area. I tried a trot once but got a little off balanced from tension so I brought him back to the walk. He was easy to direct though I didn't use much leg since Barbara said she didn't use much and I didn't want to cause any upset. Tread lightly on an unfamiliar horse right!
I really liked him. After the ride I untacked him and groomed him. He was very easy to be around. I'm concerned about him being slightly nervous but then again I was too. Considering the whole situation he was great. I've contacted his former owner/breeder and they couldn't say enough about him but I certainly have to take that with a grain of salt. I think the biggest concern is the sunscreen lotion application. Barbara told me he hated it and avoided it. He threw his head up and tossed it side to side. He didn't back up too much or threaten to rear so that's a plus. That's his one vice, since I will need to apply sunscreen often with all the pink on his nose it's something I have to consider. Perhaps the owner didn't approach training him in the correct way to work on that, I'll have to see what Laurie thinks, I don't think it's a deal breaker.
Barbara and I released Wind and his one eyed friend into another pasture for grazing it was nice to watch him at liberty grazing.
Barbara then told me about this mare she'd just gotten from an auction because she was afraid a kill buyer was going to get her. She just wants $450 for the mare, who is under saddle but would most likely need a bit of training. If you know anyone who would be interested just email me and I'll get you her contact info. She seemed like a sweet mare.
So this post is, in a way, to be continued....when I get to go see Wind again with my trainer and think hard about if he's the one. There's something about him but we'll see, like I said before, I don't want to rush!