High Forest located in Soldiers Grove, WI: 16.1HH, 13 year old gelding. This is one of those "love of your life" horses. Forest is gorgeous, athletic, brilliant, quiet, and the lover of the barn. He's jumped 4ft in a grid easily, brave on cross country, and willing to use his brain on the flat. He will also cart around my 5 year old nephew like a champ. Great on the trail.
I am reluctantly putting him on the market to the perfect home- I moved to Chicago for work a year and a half ago for a job with the intention of moving him down here with me, but highly underestimated the cost of living, let alone keeping a horse, in the Chicago area. Even though it kills me, he deserves better than sitting in my parents barn doing nothing.
Forest LOVES people and he LOVES to work. He has had most of the last year off, with the exception of a weekend ride here or there (as I've not been in the same state as him) so he needs some serious conditioning, but the skills are all still there. He spent the last two months leased to a girl that did a lot of trail riding and WTC work with him, so he is started along the path to fitness.
Great in a stall or on pasture, and fantastic with other horses. Keeps weight on well. Great feet. Has an old bow on his left front from his racing days, but it does not affect his performance. Has unlimited potential-- he remembers everything. Solid WTC, back and gallop, no buck, rear, bolt. Understands collection, leg yields at the walk, working on the trot. Turns on the forehand and haunch. NO flying lead change, but honestly, I've never taken the time because generally he is very good with his leads. He learns easily, is smart, and once taught, does not forget. Hard worker! He never shuts down on you.
I bought him fresh off the track and I was fresh off a bad match over fences. My nerves were a tad frayed while jumping. Forest is the type of gelding you turn at a line, and when he feels you get tense he flicks his ear back at you as if to say, "Hey, calm down. I've got you- we're going to be just fine." He loves it, and his enthusiasm and personality are infectious.
He cribs, but not obnoxiously. Other than that, no vices.
Asking $3500. I never had any intention of selling this horse- I had dreams of someday him, old and arthritic, teaching my kids to ride. However, life does not always work out like you plan, and he deserves the world.
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