**New video listed under the same channel as his ad video, Titled: Buddy Driving
NOTE: We are NOT looking to place Buddy as a project with someone to train, only to have him re-sold at a much higher price to someone else. We are in no timetable regarding placing him with someone, so please make sure you match all his qualifications before contacting us about seeing him. His price is a reflection of his current training and market value, we are aware with work that he will be worth more. But, given that his brother is also on property (and their extreme attachment to one another) we are unable to further his training ourselves. The sole reason he is for sale is his best interest in being someone's only horse, away from his brother, and furthering his education to reach his potential-- something which we cannot provide. If we were looking at selling him for profit, he would have been in a home 12 hours after placing his initial ad. Please consider this before contacting us, thank you.
Buddy is a 16.2hh dappled bay Percheron/Thoroughbred gelding who was foaled in May of 2000. He is known around the barn for his, curiosity, quirkiness and extreme intelligence, and is now on the hunt for a skilled horseman/horsewoman seeking to put the finishing touches on an already started horse.
With proper preparation Buddy can be ridden, but is not the kind of horse you can leave sitting in a pasture for a couple months. He needs to work out kinks before anyone even thinks to sit on him. He does best in consistent work (which he has not been receiving), and would benefit greatly from time in a structured training program that utilizes positive reinforcement. He rides with direct rein pressure.
Buddy is "broke" but not what many people would consider "trained" (he would veer greatly on the side of green). He can walk, trot, and canter, and in those gaits can be directed and stopped. But its not "together", he needs someone who can put the time in everyday to ride and work with him to develop his skills, and gain his trust. He has been a trail blazer all his life, but could really go in any direction with the right person.
Buddy is also broke to drive, but has not actively been in harness for a year and a half. He has begun going out with our trainer, to touch up on his skills, and is proving to be a reliable drive who is strong, and determined.
Buddy can be quite stubborn, and opinionated-- he is a horse who is aware of his own influence. His handler must understand this and not strike up his temper (of which he clearly has), as he then becomes dangerous and impulsive. Harsh corrections only amplify this behavior to a point he is so wound up, that he becomes a hazard to himself and others. He needs someone who is firm in their leadership, but kind and forgiving of errors. Someone who will teach him what he needs to know, and accept that he tends to be a "hot" horse.
We will not place him in a situation where he is around children, he is too big and too pushy to allow him to be handled by them, he is also very strong and "dancey". He needs a confident, able horseperson who understand horses with tempers and quirks. He has objections to having his ears touched, and the surrounding area near them. To bridle him you must undo the cheekpieces, and be very careful around his head. Despite the fact we have had him since he was born, and that he has never been abused in any way, this problem has not resolved with time. He has reared when having his ears touched, and has come down on one of his owner's feet. It landed her in the hospital with a giant hole on top of her foot for many months. Up until recently you couldn't even gently touch the base of his ears, but we have made progress to the point he will let you work you way up his head/neck and touch them so very lightly, for a second or two. We do not know if this means he is able to overcome this problem, so interested parties must understand this may not change despite best efforts. He is also a kicker especially when trying to pick up feet, so people must be hyper-aware around his hind end, he does give fair warning before anything happens.
We are sad to see him go, but it is in his best interest if he seeks a new home where someone can solely devote all their time to him, and he can be separated from his older brother. "The boys" (Buddy and his brother) as we have come to call them, are so extremely attached, that it limits their ability to function as safe members of the equine community. They act up when they are around one another, and they holler and call as if the world has ended when apart. This behavior is not healthy for either of them, and makes it so no progress with either of them can be made. When apart both of them are completely different horses who are quite mannerly and well behaved, and because of this fact, we are forced to seek a new home for one of them.
Buddy is up to date on farrier and vet work, and is sound. He does has a superficial blemish on his left front leg (visible in the photo taken from the front), but is has no effect on him, and is clean-legged in his movement. Feel free to vet him out! Buddy goes barefoot, and gets trimmed every 4-5 weeks by our farrier. He lives off pasture grass in the summer, and grass hay and a pelleted grain in the winter. He is an easy keeper. He lives out 24/7 with open access to come in. We do not blanket in the winter, and he does just fine. He does have problems with bugs due to his thing skin, but proper protection will help him feel at ease. He can be hard to catch, but always comes around for a carrot. We would love to see him go to a home that will work him, use him, and mostly get to enjoy all he has to offer. He is truly a lovely boy, who simply needs more time and his own person, which is something he cannot get here. He would be a lovely foxhunter, jumper, eventer, or dressage horse with work. He has big powerful movements, and the ability to turn sharply and cleanly. Someone needs to shape his raw talent into something that is usable, and winning.
He will only go to the perfect home, on a contract that states he comes back to us if something happens, or situations change. We are in no timetable to get rid of him and nothing forces the sale, but his own best interest. We would love to find someone who will update us on his progress, as he transitions to the next stage in his life.
Priced at: $3,000 with EXTREME negotiations available to the right home. He will be offered for free to the right situation.
(we will also be willing to entertain a free full, off-sight lease to someone in the right situation looking for a training project)
If you feel like you can provide Buddy with all these things he needs, please feel free to contact us with questions and inquiries. Thanks!