Great Beginner's Horse (English or Western)
Hudson is a bay, 16.1 HH, 23 year old Thoroughbred/Warmblood cross. I have known and loved Hudson for over 10 years and he was my greatest teacher. I purchased him as an event prospect when he was 12. In my teenage years, I was in the United States Pony Club and I had the privilege of competing Hudson in Dressage, Hunter/Jumpers, and Eventing. He was the first horse that really taught me how things should feel and he was a reliable and honest partner. He knew more than I did and he did a great job of teaching me. Our most memorable experience together was when we competed at USPC National Championships in Lexington, KY in 2004. We competed in First Level Dressage. He was a great show horse because he was easy to take places and I knew that he would perform. He had ZERO spook at shows. When I first owned him, we did eventing, fox hunting, dressage, hunter/jumpers, some gymkhana and polo cross.
Once I went to college, I did not have the time to ride or compete. Since he was such a great teacher for me, I knew that he could continue to teach others. I donated him to a camp that used him as a lesson horse, trail horse, and vaulting horse. Many fell in love with him and he was able to pass on his knowledge to others. But after several years at the camp, he began having some health issues. He was not able to handle the rough terrain of the camp trails (up/down rocky hills) and he started to lose weight. They contacted me to see if I was willing to have him back and thankfully, I was in a position to do so.
Last May, I got Hudson back and since then have been successfully rehabilitating him to some of his former glory. I got his teeth looked at by a very knowledgeable vet and found that he was in great need of some dental care and a hefty diet. I currently feed him a mixture of alfalfa cubes, beet pulp, oats, and senior feed all watered down.
He is currently barefoot and his hoof condition is improving with every trim. I put EasyBoots on him when he goes out on the gravel roads; but in the pasture and roundpen, he does not always need them. He will go in every trailer I have ever tried to put him in. Straight load, slant load, and stock trailers make no difference to him, even if it is a tight squeeze (he is a long fellow). He is fabulous for the vet, farrier, and receiving his worming doses. I can just walk out into the pasture and give him his wormer without any fuss.
Last summer and fall, I used him to teach lessons to beginner riders. He has had so many different riders of many different levels on him in the past several years. I would feel comfortable putting just about anyone on Hudson. However, I do not think he would be appropriate for a heavier rider due to his long and aged back. As when he was younger, he DOES NOT spook. I have known him for over 10 years and I honestly cannot think of a time when he has spooked at something. I believe that he would be a great horse for a beginner rider (young or old) that is tall enough to saddle him or has the benefit of someone who can help saddle him. I believe that a rider would get the most out of Hudson when riding under the guidance of a trainer. Hudson knows a lot but a rider has to know what “buttons to push” to get him to do what he knows. There are pros and cons to owning a senior horse but one big pro is that they have been there and done that. Hudson has definitely been there, done that, and bought the T-shirt! He has been well trained, is more than just your average horse, and has always been a fabulous teacher. He does best at the walk and trot; but recently, he has been offering the canter (when asked). When he does canter, it is very slow and smooth and would be great for someone trying to gain confidence at the canter. I LOVE his canter and really enjoy riding him. I have been testing him to see how much he remembers and so far, I have been able to get him to flex his poll, move sideways with leg cues, do turns on the haunches and forehand, neck rein, halt, back up, and pick up the canter in both leads.
A good home is a must!! I will ask for character references and ask to see his future home before finalizing a sale. He has earned and deserves a comfortable home.
I hope you will give him a try. He will come with a halter, lead rope, his EasyBoots, a winter blanket (a Weatherbetta Freestyle), a fresh hoof trim, and whatever feed I have left over. He is registered with the Performance Horse Registry and has a current negative coggins. I do have additional tack that I would be willing to send with him for additional cost. I also can transport him to his new home for an additional cost.
Right now, I have another tooth appointment scheduled for Hudson on March 19th. So, he will also go to his new home with fresh dental work. He received his last round of shots last fall.
Here is a link to a short YouTube video that shows his trot and canter:
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