Stand - "Freedom"
16.2 hh Bay Thoroughbred Gelding
EXPERIENCE & TRAINING – Freedom
has shown successfullly for three years. In 2010 he
did so well that he failed to earn season awards in even one division;
he moved up from 18" to 3' so quickly! Really he had shown
such potential in his first few training sessions for hunters.
He approaches each new jump in the most care-free manner and is
measuring his striding between fences and landing the correct leads
almost on his own. The most difficult part in his training has
been to get his big, lanky body into some sort of collected frame
so that he could be handy and adjustable over fences. He is smart
and eager to do a good job and seems to learn each new task as
soon as he has been rewarded for performing it. Sometimes when
he has been asked to add in the lines a few times (over lower fence
heights) he puts on the brakes a little too much even when I actually
was thinking of letting him go on. He offers no resistance when
gently asked to slow down and is relaxing into the bit nicely;
he loves to stretch out into a long and low trot and can easily
frame-up for equitation. Freedom Stand is accustomed to turn out
with several other horses and is always easy to catch in the field.
He is polite around the barn and stands quietly for bathing, will
cross tie for mane pulling, braiding, clipping, and farrier work.
He is comfortable in the barn and in the arena with and without
companions. He loads into and out of the trailer easily, hauls
well, and will tie to the side. Freedom Stand really does just
want to come out of the barn and do a nice job. He is currently
with reliable flying changes.
2010 - OVRA Summer Series - 18"- 3' Divisions (higher levels
at each show)
4/2011 - OVRA Hunter Show - 18" & 2' Divisions (w/ a beginner
5/2011 - OVRA Hunter Show - 2' & 2'6" Divisions
2011 - OVRA Summer Seriws - 2'6" & 3' Divisions Season
CONFORMATION & MOVEMENT – Elegant,
beautifully built, tall and leggy with plenty of shoulder and a
lengthy neck. He has solid, blemish-free legs that I attribute
to his short career on the track. He has
wonderful, free movement when he plays in the field. Though he
is a big mover he is not strong; in fact he is very quiet. His
facial expressions are full of curious energy as he explores his
surroundings. Freedom loves human attention as evidenced by his
demand for my attention in the field and the way in which he galantly
performs each task asked of him. I look forward to riding his
big, easy trot and have to be carefull not to go too many laps
and save some energy for jumping. Generally he has a large strided
and airy trot and a lofty canter with two easy leads. Freedom is
more concerned with showing off his long legs than actually covering
ground. He is very relaxed
VIDEOS - The more time I spend
with Freedom the lighter and more consistant he becomes; He loves
to jump and is really getting a good grasp of the details of his
course work. His roll-backs are smooth as he looks for the out
fence and his lines are light and elastic as he learns to cooperate
and find a good distance out. He is honest, loves to jump from
the long spots, and is usually willing to get his rider out of
HISTORY – I purchased Freedom directly from a kind
trainer at Thistle Down in early September 2006. He had been advertised, "attention
eventers" and was guaranteed to be tall, quiet, and sound.
I certainly was not disappointed when I first laid eyes on him
and am still impressed with how accurate his trainer's description
POTENTIAL – This horse
is truly a wonderful ride due to his quiet nature; he would be
an easy transition for a rider accustomed to riding lesson horses.
Freedom has the elegant look, talent, courage, and willing personality
that make a great show horse. He shows potential for hunters
and has the maneuverability of a reliable equitation mount. He
would be an excellent mount for a child or adult to enjoy in any
aspect of show or pleasure riding. Freedom
would best perform and progress under the guidance of a Walk,
Trot, Canter Level Rider or greater.
SPECIFICS – D waterford
or snaffle, regular bridle with standing martingale, a regular
tree saddle with a 50" girth,
and a 80 or 82" blanket.
VETERINARY & SOUNDNESS – He
has not been hurt, lame, or ill since his arrival on the farm.
Freedom Stand is a cribber; he does not attempt to crib while wearing
a properly adjusted collar.
Price subject to increase
with training and show experience/ success.