Ready for your friends to be jealous? When they see you ride up on Wally, they won't be able to help themselves. His big brown eyes make a person melt, wrap him up in a buckskin package, then top him off with an unbelievable attitude and you've got something special.
Although his looks and papers say he's 5, inside is an old soul. This very well may be his best feature, all the other perks are a bonus. He doesn't quite understand why other horses would want to waste extra energy getting excited. There's no doubt about it, there's more whoa than go in this guy, but when needed he can get out and get to it.
Ride him out by himself, put him anywhere in the group, then feel free to split away again-any way you cut it, you'll see he's the same horse. Wally has been used on the ranch for everything; checking the water lines, doctoring, roping, gathering, sorting and in the branding pen, no matter what is asked of him he stays level headed and delivers.
A willing attitude and smooth gates have also been helpful for beginner riders. His easy cadence and good brakes build a rider's confidence in a hurry, plus he lets me tag along behind the saddle to serve as a roll cage during those first couple rides with my lesson students.
Wally has always been kept up to date on all care and is a perfect gentleman for everything. Clips, bathes, stands for the farrier, and even keeps a tidy stall if you need to have him in.
"Go along and get along" is Wally's life motto. Loud gunfire, bullwhips, bicycles, scooters, 4 wheelers, dogs, wildlife, tarps, balls, you name it-he's comfortable with it. Everyone who handles him can recognize what a good citizen he is, they also appreciate his ground manners and kind nature.
If you feel like taking him to town and showing him off, he'll be ready. Tie him at the trailer, warm him up on the way to the show pen, then point and shoot. His easy movement, color and charm are hard to ignore. At this age, you can rest assured you won't have to replace him anytime soon.