Many ask us how we evaluate our horses. The following pictures will demonstrate what we look for as we determine the suitability and temperament of our new horses before we offer them for sale.
1. Can you open and close a gate on the horse?
2. Can you go scary places alone with ease and no fear?
3. Will you leave the barn alone and go off by yourself?
4. Can I go get the mail?
5. Can I stand on a scary bridge and go over it nicely?
6. Can I walk over the cavellities?
7. Can I swing the tire swing in the back yard?
8 Can my rider loose the reins and I still remain calm?
9. Can my rider get off on the wrong side?
10. What do I do if a scary thing appears in my face?
11. Will I stand tied to a tree for a long period of time?
12. What will I do if something is in my way and my riders wants me to step on it?
13, Will I go around the poles quietly?
14, Am I good with children?
15. Am I going to let the farrier work on me without trouble?
16, What do I do if my rider cannot get on fast or well?
17, Will I work in the ring quietly with my head down and look where I am going? Will I give my rider "face". (Face is a horseman's term that means the horse will put his head level on the trail and watch where he or she is going, Very important in our Hill Country Rocks)