Rio is 15 year old bay leopard Appaloosa Gelding standing 15.3 hands sticked on level concrete. I have owned Rio for 10 years & have done all the work with him from the ground up starting at age 5. He is sound and sane because he was not saddled or ridden until all joints were closed and he has been meticulously cared for to maintain good health and a good mind. Foundation bred and registered N/N for Hypp.
Rio has been ridden primarily English. He's currently in part time training with a former Grand Prix jumper and Advanced level event rider who is now retired, but once upon a time was on the short list for the USET Olympics and who rode in the Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event to name a few accomplishments. His foundations were in lower level dressage and he will easily complete a training level test and is schooling first level skills and beyond including the beginnings of some basic lateral movements (leg yield, shoulder fore ect) and beginning to understand collection and lengthening with in the gates. Has simple changes, but not flying. We are working on those. He has a balanced walk and trot and is beginning to carry himself at the canter more consistently. He is at a point where he just needs consistent riding to build muscle. Working 6 days a week 10-12 hours a day makes that hard for me.
He has been jumping for the last year and a half. He currently jumps 2'6" to 2'9" courses and could easily go higher. He's been exposed to basic verticals and cross rails, coups, small banks, smaller oxers, water ect. He's jumps combinations including gymnastic combinations combinations, bounces, one strides and your more basic combinations. He's gone over a few novice cross country type fences. Our goal was to go to a novice level event by the end of the year.
We have trail ridden on a regular basis for the past few years so he is used to being ridden in different settings out on forested trails, wide open spaces, and even on the beach. As long as his rider is confident and he's riding with a buddy not much bothers him on the trail. Used to seeing dear, cows, and even a bear or two. He's been to a couple of schooling shows and clinics. Settles easily and is not overly hot. You can walk, trot, canter, and gallop and come back down with no attitude. Not barn sour. Has big athletic gaits.
I have given advanced beginners & kids lessons on him in supervised and controlled settings starting with lead line or round pen and working up to ring work and beyond as they grow in skill. He is sensible and willing. If you are a completely novice rider with no experience I would not recommend him as a lease with out lessons being a part of the deal however as he is a big horse and does require a rider not just a passenger.
He would be a fantastic horse for an intermediate teen looking to do pony club or 4 H or lessons on. He would make a good adult amateur horse for an advanced beginner or intermediate level adult. He's great for the person who just wants to ride and enjoy being around a horse too. A good leap for someone who's ready for more then a dead broke school horse, but still needs a safe horse. No buck, or rear or bad habits. Great ground manners. Trailers easily. Keeps easily. No shoes.
He's moving to a new barn in July and this would be an on sight lease with the option to show and do more if you choose. The barn is located in Oviedo Florida and has fantastic amenities. Rio will have a box stall in a center isle barn and be turned out at night on grass. They have a round pen, and two large clay/sand arenas. Lights are a possibility in the future as the barn is under new management and the barn manager is doing a log of cleaning up and upgrades to the property. There's a bathroom and air conditioned tack room with plenty of space and a washer and dryer. All Rio's Tack and brushes would be provided or use your own as long as they fit property.
Right now I work 12 hour days 6 days a week so my riding him would be limited to weekends, probably one day not both. I would really like him to be ridden regularly and my goal would be to get his expenses at least half covered by one or more leasers. Terms would really depend on who contacts me and what their interest level is.
Rates start at $100 for 4 for rides a month and then if you are looking to ride more frequently or show and do more of a half lease or a semi full lease we would have to discuss rates and terms. I am flexible to the right person. I am at a point where he needs to be ridden and I need the help financially so I am open to negotiations. NO FREE LEASE though and He is NOT for sale. Serious inquires please and I would really like to find a long term leaser who wants to stick with us.
He is a very good boy and a super find for a lease & well worth the time to check out. Can provide references from my vet, terrier, former barn owner, and former leasers/lessons students who have handled and ridden him.
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