Do you want to win a lot of ribbons in Pony Club? Do you want to ride in the mountains? Do you want a tough, sound, gorgeous horse that can win ribbons and take you in the high country? This is your horse. We’ll be training Nico for a serious shot at pony club riding. He’s a gorgeous liver chestnut Morgan gelding, foaled in 2001. His papered name is “Moonfall Cityslicker”, registration number 159601, sired by Lone Pine Citylights and the dam is LW Desert Saranade.
Nico stands 14 hands and ½ inch (14.0 ½) and is a chocolate color with no markings except for a tiny crest of white on his forehead. This is a beautiful little horse with delicate features. He’s not overly muscled and thick like a lot of Morgans. He’s got a lovely arched neck, a trim muzzle, a flat back, and trim legs with small hooves.
This is a high-powered little horse. Nico has a very light touch and responds to gentle, light cues. He’s very athletic and quick on his feet. Nico has a lovely flat-kneed gait and can really move. However, this doesn’t mean he’s spooky. Nico is gentle and easy to catch, and he’s been in the mountains. On Ride #5, I took him out of the round pen, started him across the Crystal River, rode him across the river, through the meadow, stopped, dismounted. opened the gate, closed the gate, mounted again, and took him through the sagebrush. We dodged sagebrush for half a mile, then climbed up into the open, then entered the aspen forest. We took the trails through the aspens, climbing up onto the top of the knob, then descended through the aspens. Once we were back on the big meadow, I loped him across the meadow and back. I then pointed him into the river, which he crossed, and then back into the stables. Ride #5, ever. Lifetime. Alone.
In August 2007, I suffered a serious ankle injury. I had a bone chip the size of a peanut floating around in my ankle, as well as two ruptured tendons. My surgeon said I needed major reconstructive surgery. The problem was that I had 22 days of guided blue grouse hunts booked, and I couldn’t afford to return $35,000 in deposits. My ankle was causing dreadful pain, but I had to ride the high country. Putting a foot in the stirrup and swinging into the saddle caused incredible pain. The taller the horse, the worse the pain. So I rode Nico, because he was short. I rode that horse 22 days straight at elevations up to 12,000 feet, through the creeks, into the timber. He carried me and all my gear for 10-hour rides, day after day after day. At the end of every day, there was still plenty of gas in the tank. Nico never faltered, never quit me. I knew I had a steady horse under me every damned day. At the end of the season, I went in for ankle surgery, and the doctor told me, “On a scale of one to ten, this is at least an eight, and probably a nine.” Thank God I had Nico to carry me for that month of hunting in the mountains while I could barely walk.
ENDURANCE HORSE I’m here to tell you, man, what a horse. If you would tell me that I could have only one horse the rest of my life and it was Nico, I’d be thrilled. This horse has a GIANT HEART, a big desire, a lot of fire. He can go forever. He takes just the slightest leg cue or neck rein, and he’s a BLAST to ride. If you don’t know how to ride, don’t bother asking about Nico, because he’s a better horse than you are a rider. If you do know how to ride, you will delight in the mind and manners of this excellent horse. As an endurance horse, Nico’s got a bigger motor, a lot more wind, and a lot more desire than any Arabian I’ve ever ridden. Any day I have a lot of miles to cover, I’m going to put a saddle on Nico, because that’s the best horse in the herd. I would be curious to put Nico against any horse in a 50-mile endurance ride, because my money says that he’d finish first and carry away the ribbons.
Nico’s sale price: $7,500
2001 Registered Liver Chestnut Morgan Gelding for sale. Extensive mountain experience, great mover, talented, responsive. NICE HORSE!
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