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To prevent you from reading all the way through and finding out he isn’t the right level for you; if you are going to be riding him in an arena, round yard or on a long line he would suit any level of rider (including a beginner beginner and nervous beginner). If you are going to be riding him in open paddocks, I would suggest a confident beginner and above. That being said we have had nervous beginners on him before with trainers around.
Rusty is a rising 14 year old, chestnut, ex race horse, thoroughbred. He is millimetres away from being bombproof. He truly is just a massive teddy bear, especially since he has just gotten his winter coat.
He does all the basics:
-Catches easily in the paddock
-He ties up well
-Is fine getting his teeth done.
-Is great while tacking up and untacking
-He won’t give you any trouble when you bring the hose out to wash him after a ride. In fact he will beg you to put the hose in his face, especially during summer.
-He won’t run away from you when you put his rug on (you don’t realise how helpful that is until you have a horse that does run away).
He has had 9 year olds on him, but has mostly been ridden by an 11 year old beginner, who is the tiniest bit unconfident. He has also been ridden by a 13 year old novice rider. Rusty goes brilliantly with both riders.
Things you can do with him;
He doesn’t bite, kick, buck or rear. He used to be a little bit girthy but never actually tried to bite us. He would just tell us he was uncomfortable. He is no longer girthy. Rusty absolutely loves to be ridden, he loves to please his riders and loves attention. If anything he prefers not to be spelled or left without human contact for more than 4 days, that is how much he will love you.
He has jumped 70cm no problem, could absolutely go higher than that. With the right seat he has great collection and thankfully he doesn’t hold his head up high naturally. We find that when you are learning to ride horses that hold their heads up high, it can be a little be more difficult to ride, you won’t have this problem with Rusty.
- Teeth done August 2021
- Vacinnations April 2022
We hope we covered all the bases, let us know if you would like to meet and go on a ride or if you have any questions. Selling to the best home, welcome to get a vet check at your own expense. Sadly selling Rusty, due to not having the time he deserves.