Tex spent the first years of his life as a competitive team roping horse. The story we were told was that he wasn't fast enough out of the box to suit his owner, who moved on to a different horse. We noticed right away that, despite his very kind eye, he was skittish about his face particularly on the right side. We learned that at rodeos some team roping horses are hit with the rope on the side of the face while in the box, to get the horse amped and ready to burst out when the timer starts. We don't know for sure if that happened to Tex but his behavior is consistent with being hit.
Mufasa and Brett did a lot of trail riding together. Tex is an excellent trail horse; steady, calm and curious.
Brett also worked with Tex at home using dressage to help them be balanced together. Despite lessons and trying everything we could think of, Tex just could not/would not bend to the right. Neither Brett nor Tex love dressage so they switched back to Western riding. Brett took Tex to a Mark Rashid clinic in March 2015 and they made good progress in working through Tex's fear.
The gelding pasture is just outside of our bedroom window. We wake most mornings at daybreak to the sound of Tex galloping up and down the pasture. He loves to run. I don't think he was sold because he's slow; I think he was sold because he can't handle pressure.
In the summer of 2015, Brett decided to stop riding Tex (with my full endorsement). Tex spooked while Brett was getting on and Brett came off. It was his third unplanned dismount from Tex. Brett is 66, with the accompanying loss of flexibility that goes with that. He no longer felt confident riding Tex, who had lost confidence as well. When Brett took Mufasa to the Mark Rashid clinic, Mark said "There's a really good horse in there. He wants to be good. He wants to trust people. He needs to learn that he can." We decided to see if we could find a new owner for him; a better match. In the meantime, I started working with him -- and changed his name to Tex. The idea was for me to provide the stability, regular interaction, and confidence that he needs and then find the right new home for him. But, a funny thing happened. I fell hard for Tex. I may end up with a good trail partner and I may just end up with a lifelong project. Either way, I'm happy.