This will be Dakota's thread where we will keep any new updates and/or photos. http://www.equineadoption.com Date of arrival to MHWF: 10/7/2011 Dakota - 6 yrs.
$500 - Dakota is a 6 year old Appendix QH gelding. He stands at 14.2 hands tall. Dakota is current on his shots and deworming and has had one home his entire life. He is sound and healthy. He leads, loads, ties and is good for the vet and farrier. Dakota has been ridden in traffic and has even given some lessons. He has always been ridden in a bozal and has never had a bit in his mouth. He can be pushy on the ground, but is amazing under saddle when out on the trails and has been described as "dead broke" to us. He is smart and seems to learn very quickly. He is also the son of Elsie (listed below). As we get to know Dakota better, we will update his listing. We will also test ride him soon and will post pics and updates on that. Update: 10/11/2011 We took advantage of the nice weather on Monday evening and test rode Dakota. He was taken from walk to trot and to the canter, then back down again. He was probably ridden for about 30 minutes or so. Of course his manners on the ground were pretty poor and he will need a lot more work there, but he did ok under saddle considering he is only 6 years old and it has been 2 years since he has been ridden. His biggest issue under saddle right now is that he is more worried about where his mother is than what his rider is asking of him. Once they are separated in new homes that will no longer be an issue. He's a little rough around the edges, but he is young and will come around with a little work here and there. His adopter should start by correcting some of the dancing around on the ground and getting out of his handler's space as well as paying more attention to the person handling him. That will translate unto his saddle training and he will make someone a wonderful and very beautiful horse. http://www.equineadoption.com/order.htm
Oh MY!! Another beautiful horse for adoption.
What a cutie this boy is! Love that expression and love that eye!
Love this guy!!
Didn't want to look, but ay-yi-yi...think I am in love...want, want, want!
A trail horse and just my size! We have no room, of course... Someone is lucky that we don't have the room.
Still hyperventilating over this guy...brown bag please!
Update: 10/11/2011 We took advantage of the nice weather on Monday evening and test rode Dakota. He was taken from walk to trot and to the canter, then back down again. He was probably ridden for about 30 minutes or so. Of course his manners on the ground were pretty poor and he will need a lot more work there, but he did ok under saddle considering he is only 6 years old and it has been 2 years since he has been ridden. His biggest issue under saddle right now is that he is more worried about where his mother is than what his rider is asking of him. Once they are separated in new homes that will no longer be an issue. He's a little rough around the edges, but he is young and will come around with a little work here and there. His adopter should start by correcting some of the dancing around on the ground and getting out of his handler's space as well as paying more attention to the person handling him. That will translate unto his saddle training and he will make someone a wonderful and very beautiful horse.
Yes, I took photos, but I have been really super busy over the last few days, and next few days as well, so not sure when I will get them posted.
Sigh. . . I really love this horse. Can't wait to see him find a good home.
What a pretty little horse, I wish, I wish....I'm going to buy a lottery ticket, there's something about this guy.
I wish, I wish, I wish this guy was a little taller!! He is beautiful, and I've found an awesome place to board, so my hunt is back on!!
Any new pics of Dakota? Has anybody even looked him? I really like this guy :) :) I have been working very hard on not inquiring about him :( Every time I see the adoption page I sigh - crap - he's still there :( :( I remain in misery :( :(
We actually had an appointment to show Dakota to someone yesterday, but unfortunately their truck broke down on the way here. But they will be coming to meet him in the future as soon as we can coordinate our schedules again.
Dakota needs a lot of work on his ground manners, he does not understand much about any of that. It appears to us that he was probably never weaned from his mother. Separating him and his mother onto different properties is going to be the best thing that ever happened for Dakota. Dakota got his feet trimmed and got dewormed on last Thursday, 10/27/2011. Neither of those things were "quick and easy" tasks, but learning experiences for him. Attached Images
Awesome Karen! Thank you for the update & the pic - I'll keep my fingers crossed. I can tell he is not real sure about that pedicure - I know he needs some work, but I'll bet every minute will be well worth it in the end. He's going to make someone a real nice looking horse and the time required will equal a great bond when it is all said and done.
Any updates of photos? Making any progress on his ground manners?
Dakota has settled into the herd really well. He still hangs out with his "mom" (Elsie) primarily, but has made a lot of other friends. It is a common sight to see Dakota playing with Ace (photo below). Dakota is mid to upper in the herd, and minds his manners in the herd well now that he is settled in well and this feels like home to him. He has also put on some pounds and is looking really good. Dakota's ground manners are much better than when he first arrived, but we have not been able to do much formal work with him at all recently because we have had so much ice. Our round pen has been pretty much covered in ice for some time. We are thinking very seriously of sending Dakota out for training to someone who has an indoor depending on a few things, if someone does not come along who is right for him soon, if we can afford to, if it would be better to wait closer to spring when more adoptions occur, etc. The best thing for Dakota would be to get him separated from his mother, as he never has been, and to be separated on different property out of sight of his mother. Other than that, nothing really new to report.
Here are a few more recent pics of Dakota. One of Dakota and Ace playing, one of Dakota in the snow from a couple of weeks ago and one of Dakota with his other buddies at the gate saying "so-long" to Gracie when Gracie left, and one of Blue Spirit photo-bombing Dakota's picture. Attached Images
I love the "fight" scene with the sun shining.....Outstanding!!! How cute that all of them were lined up to say goodbye to Gracie!! Makes you wonder what they think when someone leaves........
It looks like Figaro has gotten Dakota to join in play with him. (these two play a lot)
Here are a couple pics of Dakota with Figaro from today, 1/21/2012. Attached Images
The weather was gorgeous this weekend! Dakota had a chance to come out with Karin H. this afternoon while we were out doing a variety of things, and he did very well. Elsie was not looking for him, and he paid attention very well and did very well. After we put him away he actually stood by the fence wanting to come out again.
Here are a couple of snapshots of Dakota with Karin H. from today, 2/5/2012. Attached Images
Good boy...he looks very nice!
Such a handsome guy! He just needs someone to show him the ropes. (Lessons are a great way to stay in shape, ask me how I know.)
I just want to give a quick update on Dakota. He was mentioned on the "Daily" thread, but thought his thread should also be updated.
On Monday, 4/2/2012, it was trimming, vaccinating and deworming day here at the farm. All of the horses got their feet trimmed, vaccinated and dewormed including Dakota. He was great for his vaccinations and is getting much better with the feet trimming. As we have mentioned previously, we have found that Dakota has zero for being taught any ground manners. While we can say he rode pretty good when he first came in and we test rode him, if we knew then what we know now we probably wouldn't have even ridden him at that point. The information we got about him just does not match with what we have found to be the real case with Dakota. Thank you to Karin H. for all of her volunteer work and riding the horses and we are glad that first ride went so well. Dakota has not been taught to give to pressure and has never been taught what a handler's personal space is and was never taught not to invade that space. Dakota was also obviously never weaned from his dam, Elsie. The best thing for Dakota will be to get him separated from Elsie, off of this property entirely, and we hope to be able to send him off for training as soon as Matt, the trainer we want to send him to, has an opening. Hopefully that will be within the next 2 months, and that is if Dakota does not get adopted before then as well. Matt worked with Dakota on Monday for about 45 minutes I believe it was, and did really well with him. Dakota has come a long way since his arrival here, but we want to make him a very good equine citizen, know his ground manners inside and out and have him learn more and get weaned from his mother like he should have been years ago. We would encourage anyone who wants a project to step forward for Dakota, as he is going to make someone a really nice horse, but if that doesn't happen we also very much look forward to having Dakota go off for some training. As you can all see from previous and more current pictures, Dakota has really gained weight and filled out since he first got here. He is one very nice looking boy and is going to be a lot of fun to ride for someone out there. He has really nice smooth gaits and someone is going to really enjoy this boy. He is as friendly as they come and sure is a nice looking boy too. Here are a couple of pictures from Monday, 4/2/2012, of Dakota getting his feet trimmed. Attached Images