Wow where to begin.. I bought Chowder for my son when he was 8yrs old.. My son is now 12 and ready to move up.. Chowder is a been there done it, safe, safe, (did I say safe?) 15 year old gelding.. Smooth, smooth smooth,, so fun to ride,,, He has shown at local shows, in Western pleasure, halter timed events and trail..He has year end awards,. He is a great lesson horse. I have even used him in crossrails. wonderful lope. All his gaits are pulled together. Neck reins, pivot of hauches, leg yields, side pass.. He has babysat at many birthday parties, millions of trail rides. water, traffic, mud, deer, dogs, atvs, horse shows, kids, dogs, balloons.. Won the horsemanship class this past summer, for a little girl that used him for the Queen contest.. He won.. He rides double, clips, trailers, ties.. no issues.. could go into any lesson program.. teach you kids walk/trot/canter departure cures, by using Chowder.. He is forgiving, and doesn't get upset, when kids make mistakes.. I love this horse.. Would consider a lease.. but you have to live close enough so I can visit him.. Papers were lost many years ago.. but he his out of paper stock.. For those of you looking for a timed event horse, Chowder can flat run a pattern.. Poles, barrels, arena race.. He has sorted cows, worked out with the mounted police, been on search and rescue.. like I said , I have soo much to say and brag on about Him.. He is a wonderful animal.. please call with all questions..