Personality Plus! Diamond is the first to greet you in the field and absolutely soaks up attention. He knows several tricks- he will smile, bow, and give hugs.Beyond his fun personality, he also has good ground manners- he is good for the farrier, stands in the cross-ties ( or will tie straight ), loads and hauls quiety, bathes, clips, lowers his head for bridling, stands for saddling, lunges, etc. He is great out in the field with the other horses and gets along with everyone.
He has the smoothest canter ever- you could ride it all day. Even being an honest 16.2 hands, he will also jog slowly and smoothly in addition to his pretty long trot. Diamond knows a lot under saddle and has been schooled up to 2nd level dressage in his past( according to past owner). He pivots ( hind and fore), side-passes, half-passes, backs, and will round up nicely with leg and hand. He is responsive to seat and leg aids and rides happily in a snaffle. He is happy to ride in the arena, but also enjoys riding in the fields and trails. We have ridden him down the road for short distances to get to trails and he is not bothered by cars driving by. He crosses water without a second glance, goes over fallen trees, and leads or follows. He would be a super nice open/local show level horse for someone.
Through no fault of his own, we are selling Diamond. We bought him with the hope that he could be a suitable horse for my complete beginner of a Dad to begin trail riding on, and we just don't feel that Diamond is suitable for someone who has never ridden before. There is absolutely nothing dangerous or mean about this horse- he just simply isn't a dead-head,plod along in a coma kind of beginner horse ( which is what we need). It is not that he wouldn't tolerate a beginner on him occasionally, but he would be happiest with an intermediate level rider... someone with an independent seat who knows more than just the very basics.
Diamond is sound and moves comfortably on the flat, but has an old injury of some sort to his left hind that would not make him suitable for jumping anymore. He used to be jumped and shown extensively over fences, but due to this should remain ridden and shown on the flat only. He does not have any limitations as far as riding on trails or doing flat-work! He wears shoes up front and is barefoot behind. Isn't on any sort of supplements, injections, or extra maintenance!
He will only go to a good home that has his best interests in mind. We would love to find him a forever home where can be ridden, enjoyed, and spend the rest of his days. He has so much to offer to the right person or family! Call/ Email any time... I'm more than happy to talk about him in detail to anyone who is even remotely interested, but please- no tire kickers.