From his for sale ad
My criteria was I wanted something that was fun and I didn't look funny on (I am 6'0" tall). My goals were to do dressage and low level eventing with the new horse. I like hot horses with a personality, but I have zero tolerance for a horse the rears. I did say no greys because I am too lazy to keep that clean. In my budget I basically had two options. An older horse that knew the ropes and may have some health issues or a green horse that didn't know what it was doing either. I went with the green horse, because I like young horses and I started a number of them when I was in high school. The plan was for D to put three months in on the green horse and then bring it down.
I was expecting to get an OTTB, but I ended up with a saddlebred. When D first sent me his video I thought he funny looking at the very least and I believe my first question was "Does his head ever drop?" followed by "Can they jump?" I have since learned that the answer is yes to both questions. A PPE later D went home with a Stinker Pony (also known as a gingeraffe). She kept him for about 2.5 months and then he moved south.
It took us another few months to get things straightened out (he was basically panicking anytime I rode him). In January 2016 I got a new saddle (Stinker approved), he got shoes all around, and we started on a walk program with minimal trotting. This finally got us going in the right direction. As of right now I am not making any long term plans and I am building up his strength. We may or may not ever event (I refuse to sacrifice his health for my goals), but time will tell.
Getting all the muscles back.