Horse of the Week
Tara's very first time riding a horse after her very first lesson!
Put a ribbon on him Martha, we're taking him home! THIS is the world's best large pony/small horse. He is 14 hands and 3 inches of solid. He can hold any average adult, but is not of such imposing stature as to create anxiety.
Machiato is a steadfast gentleman. Though he hadn't been used in 2 years he simply slid right back into the program! This horse is genuinely in tune with humans. His last owner was epileptic...this horse told her when she was about to have a seizure, by simply stopping what he was doing and standing very still. After myself and Stretch both rode him we did a little experimenting...first, a 4 year old child (who grew up around horses and rides her own pony). He was a delight with her--she even got him to trot. Did I MENTION HEIS ON THE LAZY SIDE? Next, a 2 year old child (lead line style)--he moved with extreme caution, sensing the fragile bundle he was carrying. Then, I gave a lesson to my son's girlfriend--she had never ridden before. (She refused a helmet, as did my son). She rode him in the ring, the road and the water. He was super forgiving and patient with her. My son, Arlin is experienced and a more assertive rider. Machiato adjusted again and immediately picked up the pace to walk, trot and canter.
We were told that he could be a little spooky. I did not see any of that. Frankly, we tried to spook him, wanting to push all of his buttons so that we coul proprely represent him. Not one spook. Roaring trucks, whizzing bikes, loud, large plastic items bouncing around him, large dogs barking underfoot--nothing. Often I have found that if a person assumes that a horse willspook at something. The horse picks up that energy and figures it's something to be afraid of.
Confidence begets conficence.
I can't sing the praises of this fella loudly or longly enough. He is sound, sane, well-behaved, 11-12 years old. He would do you proud! How cool would he look with a big red ribbon! We can do a Christmas morning delivery (within a reasonable distance).
Adoption Fee: $1500