Optimus Prime is a Leopard Appaloosa Gelding
Size: 15.2 hh
Weight: ~1100 lbs
Dental : Yes 2020
Coggins: Yes 2020
***NOT FOR BEGGINERS*** **HORSE TRAINIGG EXPERIEENCE REQUIRED***
I bought Optimus 4 years ago, he was a pasture horse most of his life. I brought him home and quickly realized that he had zero training, barely saddle broke. I sent him to training for 3 months for obedience and riding training. Since then He has been ridden 2-3 times a week for 3 years on trails and roads. Trucks, horns, sirens, traffic do not bother him. We ride down dirt roads, and sidewalks without any issues. He hates riding in a Bit, but rides drastically better in a Hackemore, which is what I ride him in every ride. He can be stubborn, he does not ride well in a ring, and hes a follower. He needs work, and a steady and patient hand. One could say that he is too smart for his own good, can be a little spiteful at times, but mostly really loving. Trainer had toddlers riding him, but Im not completely trusting of that. Ive had other people on him. Optimus can also be a bully, which needs to be broken.
The fact is I love this horse, having to sell him breaks my heart, but I am not desperate to sell him either. If you cannot afford him, you cannot afford to own a horse. I will not sell to anyone that doesn’t already own horses, and or plans to shove him in a barn for weeks on end. I want him to go to a home where he will be loved and taken care of and ridden. I will not sell to anyone that trains and sell horses for a living.
One Issue he has is that he has weak front feet; I cannot get them to grow enough to shoe him. He rides in trail boots on the fronts whenever we trail ride or ride on the roads; otherwise he rides well on the grass and sand. Blacksmith calls what he has shrunken leather syndrome, where the moist ground and rapid drying is causing his feet to be soft on the bottoms. I put turpentine and durasole on his feet regularly. He also gets diarrhea chronically, so I keep him on a Pro-biotic fed 1 scoop in feed a day. Not sure if it’s the feed causing this.
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