By Patty Wilber
No, really! I am NOT kidding. Dexter is a very fine trail horse and we cannot seem to get him sold.
Ok, there was that one guy that texted two weeks ago. He didn’t want to come see the horse. He wanted to pick him up. Prospective Buyer (PB) didn’t ask me one single question about Dexter and when I inquired as to what he was planning to use the boy for, he did not answer.
He gave me the creeps, actually, and I told PB I’d contact the owner and get back to him and I told the Spouse that I would not meet this PB alone.
Then I thought some more, and decided PB unsettled my gut enough that I wouldn’t even tell him where we lived and we (me and the body guard Spouse) would only meet PB at a public arena.
Dexter’s owner had the exact same reaction as I did to PB and she declined to show him Dexter. Oh and PB only wanted to pay 500 yo bro, whatever 500 yo bro means.
So, to give a little run down on Dex’s accomplishments: He had about seven weeks riding with me this year on top of about 10 rides last year (that is not many rides for as much as he learned and as steady as he is). He walks, trots and lopes (both leads) on the trail (which he prefers) and in the arena (but he’d rather be out on a group trail ride!). He can work a gate, go over a bridge, stop on “whoa”, go sideways over a log and back up.
His gaits are comfortable and he watches where he puts his feet. Key for a trail horse.
He is solid minded enough that I took him to the Pecos three weeks ago on our horse pellet packing trip and he was my mount last weekend when we went to clear the Big Tree off of 4th of July Trail in the Manzanos.
I actually value my life, and I even want to enjoy my backcountry rides, not just be out there horse training, so it is no small thing for me to take a green horse as my riding animal into the backcountry. Those are not garden paths. They are steep, rocky, wet, muddy, and have technical spots.
Of course, with the small number of rides he has, he is not perfect. He can be a little balky when going out alone. He will stop and suggest that we perhaps return home instead of continuing on. A few stern words and maybe a little whack with the reins works to incentivize him. For this reason, I don’t think he’d be a good match for a rank beginner, but anyone with confidence (even in the absence of true horse skill) should be able to ride this horse!
Naturally, I considered keeping him.
But we have four horses. Three are my Appaloosa mares, and the other is our Spanish Barb Cometa, the solid 20-year-old, who is about as unflappable as they come.
I just didn’t have a steady job for Dexter and Lord knows, I am not about to try to buy for a quick, profitable resale. Sales. Blea. Not my bailiwick.
He went home today as he has the basics and he is the sort that will remember what he has learned for a long long time.
I hope he finds that right person to take him really soon!
Here are a few fun pictures (taken by Terri Gore) of the Big Tree the Pecos Chapter of the Back Country Horsemen cut off of 4th of July Trail last weekend.
P.S. Dexter is a gelding, about 15 hands, 5 years old, and his mom is Mama Mia, a mustang mare.