Kat is a 9-year-old registered spotted saddle horse mare that stands at a stocky 14.3. Not only does Kat have a smooth natural Cadillac gait (even on a loose rein), but she has extensive trail riding and camping experience. She’s got the typical forward stride of a walking horse, but is respectful and responsive. She’s been my personal trail horse for the past 2 ½ years and has ridden and camped all over the south east. When camping, I’ve corralled her, stalled her, and high tied her with zero issues. She’s also hobble trained. She has too many trail miles to count and is a beast of a trail horse. She’ll ride anywhere in the pack, but prefers to lead or follow. She rides out alone without a problem, is road and traffic safe, and has no issue leaving the group in the middle of a ride. She’s turned out 24/7 and comes when called. She’ll pick you up at the mounting block, walk, gait, canter, sidepass, back, and will disengage both her front and back end. She crosses bridges, mud, and water with zero hesitation and is not spooky. She both direct and neck reins and responds to leg cues. Great natural horsemanship foundation and she is excellent at groundwork - both on line and at liberty. Kat has been trained and qualified as a search and rescue horse with the Anderson County Sheriff Office’s Mounted Search and Rescue and has been actively used on searches. She’s had a ton of obstacle work and has been exposed to much more than your average trail horse including gunfire, sirens, and some pretty extreme off-trail mountain riding. While she is registered with the National Spotted Saddle Horse Association, her parentage is unknown. Since the NSSHA’s books are still open, I registered her with the thought of breeding or showing her, but ended up not doing either. Kat is sound with no buck, rear, bolt, bite, etc. She’s an extremely easy keeper. She stands for farrier, fly spray, washing, and tacking, and she loads/unloads. She's UTD on everything: coggins, vaccines, worming, farrier, and her teeth were recently floated. We keep her barefoot but put front boots on if the trails are rocky. She’s currently pastured in a mixed herd of mares, a 3-month-old colt, and John mini donkeys. She’s around dogs constantly with no issue. She was the herd leader until we purchased another dominant mare last summer. Kat is - begrudgingly - in the middle of the pack now. She is a “stereotypical” mare. She’ll pick her favorites in the herd and pin her ears and squeal dramatically at everyone else. When I first got her, she made it clear she did not like to be crowded by other horses on the trail. With consistent correction, she no longer displays this sort of behavior, but will do best with a rider who will continue to correct any sign of “mare face” so that she doesn’t redevelop that behavior. I’ve hemmed and hawed about selling her for over a year, but it’s time since we've gotten into another breed.
She’s obviously a hell of a trail horse, but would do really well at competitive obstacle work too. I would prefer you come take her for a test drive to make sure you guys fit well together.
Bonus videos available from this weekend’s camping trip: Kings Mountain and Cowpens showing just how great she is on a completely loose rein!!