Mark, I wanted to share with you a couple of my experiences in dealing with you on the purchase of my Quarter horse.
Initially, I believed that a been there done that type of horse was the answer and in some cases it can work. However, you never know how that horse may have been trained, if at all.
The soundness of your breeding program and horses has shown me that a younger horse breed for a good mind and trained properly will become a better horse than one that has nothing more than time on it.
Having ridden many of your horses, I can say that each one showed those traits that are most important. Good mind, honest, trainable and a willingness to learn.
The other thing I have learned is that a trained horse with an untrained rider eventually can lead to an untrained horse and rider. I have some experience in training gun dogs and I have seen many a great dog reduced to a mediocre dog because the handler was not trained.
Your help with my training has resulted in a much better relationship with my horse, a foundation to make corrections when needed and ultimately a better experience, long term.
Hi, Mark. Just a quick update to let you know that we are happy with our decision to buy Ruger. Since bringing him home last week, I've ridden him three times, Keaton (7 yr. old) once, and Ruger has been out for several walks also. I'm impressed with his laid back nature while riding in new territory, especially without a buddy to keep him company. It's hard to believe he's still a baby! I think we're going to fix up a round pen in the arena so the oldest one can get riding by himself with less worries from Mom. Ruger is quite content to just stand around and take it all in, so to speak, so our son is going to have to learn to not only ask him to move forward, but to learn all of the ins and outs that come with learning to ride. With this horse's mind and ability, I have no doubt that (with time and life experiences) he will develop into a true kids' horse.
Thanks again for all of the information, videos, and emails while we searched out a safe horse for our children. We look forward to years of fun in the saddle!
Sherisse & Cam Ziprick