Devastating decision. I have had this wonderful gelding in my life since 2006 and I adore him. He loves to learn and work, and he is fun on the trails, too. He is very allergic to flies and living in Florida has been a nightmare with his summer sores. Each summer, I would send him away to New York or Kentucky for 6 months and he never had any issues once he left Florida. He gets very bored when not working. His summer sore on his hind pastern got very bad in March and he had surgery to have the majority of it removed. He is just not healing well and summer is fast approaching again. It rips my heart out, but I think the most kind and loving thing I can do is to find Gibson an EXCEPTIONAL home out of state.
Gibson is very scruffy looking in the pasture (he is percheron x qh) but under saddle, he transforms. He resembles an andalusian when working correctly. He has great transitions all the way from halt to canter. He has his changes (they are very flamboyant!) and we had started on tempis before his summer sore flared up again. He has shown and won with nervous junior riders at local shows up to 2nd Level.
A beautiful, uphill canter. His trot is nice and even, but could be improved with cavaletti work. Working on half steps. He has been ridden in a double bridle but works just as well in snaffle (if not better). He naturally collects and needs a very, very light hand and a mild bit.
He does not jump ... not even a cavaletti. He is personality plus, plus, plus! A real character, highly intelligent and curious and very friendly. No vices at ALL. No bite, kick, pinned ears etc. Loves to be groomed. Easy to clip, bathe, load, farrier. Great on trails, too.
Will consider lease to an incredible home with a serious dressage rider looking to work up the levels with him. He would be perfect for a AA rider who is a little nervous. He will give you confidence without being a plug. He is forward, eager and enjoys learning but does not need to be nagged to move forward.
I never thought the day would come that I would let this wonderful horse out of my life, but I cannot stand to see the discomfort in his eyes again this summer, nor do I want him bored and wasting away in a pasture up north from May - November.
Ideally, his home will have a serious dressage student with a kind trainer, lots of turnout and a person who will enjoy and embrace his huge personality. I would also love to be kept updated on his progress and to be able to visit him occasionally!
Absolutely no dealers!
Obviously, he needs a home outside of the state of Florida (preferably north of Tennessee)
No video at this time (or if I find one, it will be old). Photos will be uploaded shortly.