Nacho is a one of a kind Haflinger.
He was an owner relinquishment, his previous owner saved him from a bad situation, and he came to me untrusting and very fearful of people. He has now been in my training program for the last 4 months and has come around beautifully. He is nicely forward, quiet, soft, and responsive. He stands at 13.3 hands high and built like a tank. He has experience pushing gentle cows, and has a nice sense of flight zones, when to add pressure to the cows, and when to press off and give them room. He is solid with roping, dragging logs, and ponying tough colts, and does a great job of doing whatever you need him to do! He has a solid foundation of arena work, being ridden with a flag, crosses water, ditches and trail obstacles with ease. He has beautiful, big, solid feet, and stays nicely sound barefoot. He has been started on his turnarounds, and he has a nice idea of shoulder control. He sidepasses to open gates, carries a nice soft feel at the walk, trot, and lope, and also has nice upward and downward transitions, and has a good grasp of engaging his hindquarters for an effective working stop off of your seat, and a soft collected rein. He has been ridden in a rope halter, and a d-ring snaffle, and he works softly and effectively in both pieces of headgear. He has exceptional ground manners, stands patiently at the tie rail, very easy to saddle, and great to trim. He has a good start at free round-penning, works softly on a circle on the ground, yields his shoulder and hindquarters, and trailer loads with ease.
Because of Nacho’s history, he is quite sensitive to new people. I think this is where he stands apart from the rest, in his sensitivity, and how in tune he is with those who work with him. He requires your utmost respect, light hands, and confidence. Nacho truly is a spectacular well rounded horse ready for any job western or english, but he wouldn’t be well suited for a rider with low confidence, or someone not willing to be a leader. He is best suited for an intermediate to advanced rider, due to his sensitivity, and level of attention and respect that he deserves.
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