• year: 2009
  • sex: gelding
  • height: 14.3hh
  • registry: AQHA
  • color: red dun
  • location: Iowa City, IA

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HQ Major Driftwood (Laredo) is a 2009, red dun Quarter Horse gelding. He is registered with AQHA and could also qualify for the Foundation Quarter Horse registry. He is Driftwood bred and has the brains and athleticism to prove it.

We’ve had Laredo for seven years—since he was three. He’s been Brian’s primary horse for the last few years. Laredo has been ridden extensively in a smooth snaffle and a traditional hackamore. He is vertically and laterally soft, works off the seat and leg, stops with energy, and is a complete pleasure to ride. He walks, trots, canters, side-passes, pivots on any foot, and knows basic lateral movements like leg yields and haunches in. He can collect when asked. He can also accelerate and has quite a bit of speed. That said, he’s a very laid back character. He is not at all spooky, and he takes most things in stride. He’s also one of the most kind-hearted, curious, and playful horses I have ever known.

Laredo Riding Video

Laredo is extremely friendly, easy-going with other horses, loves people, and is a total gentlemen both to ride and handle. He is great for the vet and farrier, loads and hauls well, is fine with dogs and machinery, and is a very, very easy keeper. Though he’ll go nicely in an arena or out, he doesn’t have a lot of trail experience. He’s been barefoot his whole life and has never been anything but sound. Although he’s safe for anyone to handle, we don’t recommend him for a beginner. He’s too refined for a rider who doesn’t have good leg and hand control. He does also have a sensitivity to moldy hay. He needs to be in a situation where he does not eat off a round bale and gets only high quality forage.

Laredo is a special horse with tons of still untapped potential. We have enjoyed having him in our lives and know he will make his next person very happy. For more photos see #laredothekid on Instagram.

Laredo Tacking and Grooming Video

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