DJANGO LOAN/POSSIBLE SALE

Django is, in the opinion of my riders' trainer, "the best horse I've bred".

He is the archetypal Akhal-Teke – wiry yet strong in all the right places, with the long sloping shoulder, swinging stride and greyhound-like back movement typical of his breed. A dressage or endurance rider's dream horse, he is also bred to jump and his early work in this shows great promise. I should like, ideally, to see him event, but pure dressage would be a good option for him.

Unfortunately, being limited in my own riding and with a partial disability – and with two stallions who must be my top priority – I am unable to bring him on. He is being schooled by two similarly trained riders and hacked out by two more, but it is time for him to have his own "person", for consistency in his further training.

He has been brought on very carefully under the scrutiny of an old-fashioned and utterly correct trainer, who works in classical dressage with a view to seamless transition to jumping work – i.e. stronger and more "forward" than the system favoured, for example, by trainers of Iberian horses. The aim throughout is to enable good back movement as the foundation of everything that follows. His walk and trot work, and grid work with small fences, are very good. Due to a small, worn-out and slippery wood chip school – and his big movement - his canter work is not so well established in the manege, although out hacking his transitions are smooth and his stride beautifully balanced.

He is an utterly unspoilt young horse.

Because I wish him to remain so, I would prefer loaning to selling him. I do not want to see him disappear on to the high-pressure, conveyor belt path trodden by so many young horses in today's impatient sport horse world. Nor do I wish to see him sold on, as changing hands is a bad thing for his breed – often described as being "more like dogs than horses". That is, they form a very close bond with their owner/rider, leading to a wonderful relationship but leaving them vulnerable if they are passed on from one home to another.

In other words, I don't want to sell and make an irreversible mistake. I would, however, consider selling to a loanee who has established a good relationship with him and can commit to a long-term future for him.

My priorities for him are - in this order – a kind, caring home; a sensitive, scrupulous rider; and that he should be a credit to his sire and to his breed!