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2017 AQHA Gelding

15.1 HH

What not to do: Pull your horse out for the first time in 2 months before show day... Although it's frowned upon, Toothpick is your exception. In fact, he's an exceptional horse all the way around!

From the time we bought him, as a yearling, he has been a standout. Smart, willing, inquisitive, athletic and personality for days. He's the first one to meet you out in the pasture, ready for all the attention you could give him without being pushy. Once you catch him, he wants nothing more than to be your friend, but once you throw a leg over him, that's when you know you've got something special. That something extra! Maybe it's his smooth gaits; pitter pat trot, big ranch trot, rocking chair lope, then all the speed you could ever need, but the moment you take your foot off the gas he idles back down to cruising speed.

Conformationally, he is flawless! Profile, 3/4 shot, head on, you name it, he looks good from every angle. With an intelligent eye, blazed face and tiny ears, an artist couldn't have sculpted a prettier head. But what's inside is even better! Mature beyond his years, he started packing my son, Wyatt, who was 7 at the time, around in the show pen when he was just a 3 year old. There again, he proved he was the exception to the rule. Throwing down Ranch Riding patterns that put Mom to shame! Yep, I got whooped by my boy and I couldn't have been happier about it!

Fast forward a year, when he jumped off the trailer, trotted into the ring for Ranch Conformation and Toothpick pulled down another win. Once we had him saddled, my daughter, Teagan, who was 7, entered up in the Jackpot Ranch Rail class, and again I stood, along with everyone else, behind that sorrel with the socks!

Seems like no matter what he's doing, Toothpick does it with flare. Hands down he is one of the most beautiful lead changers I've ever seen - if you cue him, he will change effortlessly! He even drags calves to the fire with that "watch me" presence, I don't know how he does it!

His potential as a high end head horse is unreal; he has more rate than any 10 horses combined. Not only that but you can just feel that inner intensity, yet he's so patient with me, then my hubby can back him in on the next run and just lay it down! Toothpick will 100% meet you where you are in your riding ability and take care of you.

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Megan & Teagan Hansen

Joice, Iowa
641.425.4542