Benji: solid foundation with all the basics

Needs a confident leader.

  • Horse Name: Benji
  • Price: $2,000
  • Location: Shoals, WV
  • Breed: Appaloosa
  • Gender: Gelding
  • Height: 15.2 Hands
  • Color: Other
  • Foal Date:
  • Disciplines:
    • Trail Horse
    • Jumper
    • English Pleasure
    • Dressage
  • Temperament: 8 (1=Bombproof, 10=Hot)


A note from the trainer working with Benjii Benjii is solid with all the basics. Bathing, farrier, tying, loads, unloads, fly spray, tack, etc. I've not had any issues with bolting, bucking, rearing... but I firmly believe it's because he respects me as his leader. Benjii is a nervous/looky horse by nature, and probably will be for some time. He gets most all of his confidence from his person. I do a bit of groundwork every time I work him to make sure that connection is made before I get on him. It's not just mindless circles though. Its specific exercises to make sure his focus and respect are with me. And I will do those exercises until both his focus AND respect is there. He is willing, and had some try about him. Not stubborn that I've encountered, though he does occasionally need to be reminded to move better off my leg. Benjii will absolutely be pushy if given half a chance. I don't ever give him a treat just because. He doesn't get attention if he puts himself in my "bubble", he must stay out of my space and wait for me to come to him, or be invited to come to me. But it has to be respectful, if he pushes me at all he has to back up or move his feet some other way away from me. When Benjii gets pushy, he loses respect for that person, when he loses respect he gets spooky and flighty. I would be happy to chat on the phone also to try to better explain things. He is so good, but could quickly be a problem if he is allowed to be the leader. A confident Fair leader is key with him.

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