Spike – 17 year old, 13.2 hand, POA-type
I’ll start with the, “but…” we found a bone spur right where the bit hits his jaw bone so his anxiety under saddle could be from excruciating pain or it could be muscle memory from his early training as a gaming pony. He rushes, seems anxious, is reactive and does not have a great stop, especially in an arena. We’ve tried him in Pony Club and gaming but arena work is too stressful for him. We are now using a bitless bridle and hoping it will help but we’re really too big for him. I’ve never felt unsafe on him. He’s never bucked or reared.
On the trail, he’ll go all day. He’s very athletic, sensitive to your seat and turns on a dime. He has so much "go," is not herd bound and bonds well with people. He was at his best on the Cross State Ride – two weeks of walking and trotting across Washington State served him well. He muscled up and calmed down. He’s a great camper too.
He is bulletproof on the ground (for farrier, vet, clipping, etc.). He has never done anything even remotely stupid. He's not spooky at all (except crops and whips make him uneasy). He’ll go anywhere, get in any trailer. He’s worked at a camp with kids and chaos all around. If we’re not riding him on the trail, we often take him anyway and he follows along like a dog. I also take him hiking. He’s great at groundwork and very trusting of humans.
He does well with mares and younger horses. He’s in with a colt and two minis now and they all play a lot. If he’s with older geldings, he’s usually at the bottom of the pecking order. He’s an easy keeper.
He needs a small (@100lbs), experienced, patient rider with a light hand and quiet seat who will work with him regularly (probably not a kid pony, yet) and someone who will commit to keeping him in shape. He is a love and if I could find someone who’s interested in working with him, he’d be available for a trial/carelease. He is unique. I’m looking for that special person who might give him a new start.