When I got to the barn KP was talking to a client but pointed G out in a paddock and I went to go get him. He willing came over to the gate, but once I tried to pet him his ears went flat back and he snaked his teeth out at me. Apparently he can be a bit defensive about his stall/paddock and it gets worse at feeding time. He was fine when I led him in and fine while we groomed, but I could help but be a little put off by the initial snark. His owner stopped riding (why he's for sale) and I guess he got snarkier the more he sat.
|Cuteness after the snark
KP got on him and you could obviously tell he was a pleasure horse. Not quite a peanut roller, but close even though he was willing to move out. He hasn't figure out contact yet, prefers to go with the pleasure horse loop in the reins. Over the little cross rail KP had set up he wasn't sure what to do with his legs but gamely trotted and cantered it, getting better each time. He was very comfy to ride, smoooooth gaits and light off your aids.
But the biggest mark against him was an old rope burn/scar along his pastern. They think he had been roped and dropped to ground at some point. He needs front shoes to help support that leg, and both my trainer and I don't think he would stand up to being jumped. I'm not opposed to getting something that green over fences, especially with a good mind, but not being sure how high he could go and with an old injury like that, and the snark, G is not the horse for me.