Moose is an 8 year old Percheron/Friesian up for partial lease. He is located in Haverhill, MA, right off of 97. He is not an advanced horse, but I wouldn't classify him for a beginner, either, without me being there. He is a very big guy and sometimes doesn't realize that. He would never hurt a fly, but he needs someone who can remind him about personal space and be confident handling him. You will quickly see he is a giant love bug! He just likes to be friendly like he is with the other horses. I'm getting over an injury and I am finding it hard to find people to help me out with him and get him worked, so I thought a lease option might work for the both of us.
Because of his size, I'd prefer someone over 18 years old with experience in regards to horses - at least 3 years of serious lessons/training and care. I would love it if anyone interested could provide one or two references, either of past trainers, someone else you leased with, etc. Anyone that knows your history/experience with horses. Please, dedicated people only. I'd appreciate someone who will keep in touch with me, someone who is responsible, and someone who I can trust to be with my horse and on the property. Someone who will be there when they say they will be or who can let me know when they can't make it down so I can plan accordingly.
I can be flexible in regards to how often you come down, but I would ideally appreciate someone who could come down around 3 times a week to do the usual chores - muck the stall, fill the water buckets, and maybe clean up his paddock and fill the water there if needed. He also has thrush, so you should be comfortable picking up his feet and applying his medication. He's pretty good about all that. He just tends to lean sometimes or will be stubborn about lifting his foot at first. Of course, if you want to come down every day, that's okay, too! Just be sure to let me know and keep in touch with me in case there's a day where he can't be ridden or something else is going on.
The barn he is at is right off 97, on Lake Street. It has an indoor and outdoor arena along with tons of trails. Moose loves the trails! He doesn't mind the arena, but would much rather be on the trails. He did sit in the paddock for a while before I purchased him, so we've been working on refreshing him on things. He is not untrained at all, but will need someone that understands that it has been a while for him. He will NOT take off on you at all! Doesn't spook at much and would be perfectly happy walking around. You will have to really push him to get a canter and for him to stay in it. He needs constant work which I have been unable to provide due to my injury, so someone that can do this would be an angel for me.
Right now, he is being ridden English as he was under evaluation. He responds to english reining the best, but I want to start to work with him on western. If you have the experience, you are welcome to help me along in his training. We only have an english saddle for now, though, and it's a borrowed saddle. But, he has his own girth, bridal, and bit, and it's all english. I've also been taking him over very small jumps, so you're welcome to do some small jumping if you know how. I'd like to work with him more on jumping, but that will come later on when he is better refreshed.
I think that's all you should know for now. I will be happy to meet anyone at the barn to introduce him and let you spend some time with him to see if you would be a good fit. Feel free to send me an email if interested and we can discuss everything further. Ask me any questions if you have any. Thanks!
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