Meet Romeo (a.k.a. Better Then Chocolate). He is a dark bay, quarter horse gelding, I believe he is 12-14 years old (but don't quote me on that). He is around 15hh, maybe 15.1hh, by my guess (I ride a lot of big horses and he is small).
Getting the ride on him was a rather gradual process. It started when he got injured in a lunging accident with the rider before me. He was put in a pessoa system that was too tight and he flipped over onto a standard, injuring his shoulder (they originally thought he might have broken it). I had helped the owner out on occassion in the past, and while she was away she asked if I could help out if the previous rider could not get out to do the treatments. Long story short, the rider didn't do the treatments at all, she'd come out but wouldn't do them, so I did all his care. The previous rider eventually stopped responding to the owner's messages (asking if/when she can come up and help, so we could plan), so when the time came to start rehabbing him on the lunge and eventually undersaddle, I just ended up in the role.
Romeo's owner is a leasure rider, in the sense that she doesn't strive to compete and win. She just enjoys being with her horse and going on hacks and taking lessons to improve her riding for his benefit. Romeo was started western and while with his current owner, he's done a hunter schooling show or two (mostly flat classes and some small jumps).
Romeo is generally a really steady guy, however he does have a bit of a history to just out of the blue turn into a bit of a bronc. He will spin, buck, rear and try to flip over (he has done this to me once, to date - of course nobody told me his history until afterwards). The reason why is unknown, and it happens very, very rarely - he is checked by vets regularly.
On an average day, Romeo is very easy to ride, and his biggest issue is that he stresses and struggles to release the tension he carries, but once he does he is absolutely brilliant. He is honestly one of the comfyist horses I've ever ridden, and I always enjoy riding him (even when he tried to buck me off - have to keep things interesting somehow).
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