From his sales 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. 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. This finally got us going in the right direction. After about 6 months of walking we started slowly adding in trotting and continued to address lingering physical issues as we were able to identify it as a physical issue and not a training issue.
Things finally started coming together in 2017 and he has made excellent progress. When I moved I started working with a GP dressage trainer about three times a month. I made the decision to stick with straight dressage and not to try and do eventing with him, because of his health issues.
In 2019 I decided to let my mom use him as her trail horse and he is currently fat as sassy and enjoys packing her around on the trails. I never dreamed he would be such a perfect match for her. Since I moved in 2020, she hasn't been riding much, but he continues to be a most entertaining pest.