Dancer is a very friendly, easy going horse. He is gentle and willing but can be opinionated so a confident horseowner/rider is best.
He does need work on his gaits; has a nice walk and foxtrot, but does not canter. He is very healthly and is UTD on vaccines, teeth floating, worming, hooftrims and Coggins. Has had 30 days professional training 2 years ago, but hasn't been ridden much since.
He can walk with non-gaited horses, but can also move out when asked. Dancer likes to be in front when trail ridden with groups but does OK in any position. He also likes to be ridden alone. He has been horsecamping and tied to a high line. He will cross water, downed trees and goes over bridges. Has been around ATV's, tractors, etc. and ridden on roads and in parades.
He loves to be groomed and loved on. He stands quietly for saddling and mounting and can be mounted from either side. Mounts easily from mounting blocks, stumps, rocks, etc. He is barefoot and has never worn shoes. Can get a little ouchy on long rides on gravel roads. Not usually spooky and will usually stop and look and then walk up to inspect. Will stand quietly next to a gate to open and close, He sidepasses, neck reins like a dream and works off your leg.
Stands for baths, is good for vet & farrier, and can be given wormer loose in the pasture. Also stands loose in the pasture to be blanketed or fly sheeted. Easy to catch in the pasture and usually comes to the gate to visit. Always nickers when he sees you coming :-) Dancer is a character and loves people. I think he would learn tricks quickly and loves toys.
I bought him as a 3 year old and was told he would mature only to about 14.3hh, he is now 10 y/o and 15.3hh. I am a very short 5'2" older lady who is inseam challenged and I can't climb into the saddle from the ground in an emergency, or even see over his back to groom him. He was also bought to be a trail horse for my husband. Husband has decided he doesn't have time to ride and won't any time soon, so we are selling him.