Poor Enzo had someone come out and try him yesterday. The only time she had available was at 5pm, which is the hottest time of the day and yesterday peaked out at 90 degrees. Add in a black horse and he was not the happiest of campers.
Add to THAT that he has only been worked a few days a week by a friend of mine and has had barely any groundwork lately and he hasn't really cantered in five months and you get a hot mess.
He was honest and kind, but he was definitely behind the leg and making his rider work for it. And since I wasn't cleared to get up on him and it was a friend of a friend, she just jumped on and rode. Which is fine, but she didn't want to over convince Enzo without knowing his reactions. Which I totally respect.
So, at the end of the ride she said she didn't think he was the right horse for her. I asked why and she said she was looking for a horse that was more sensitive and willing. Huh? I told her to give me two weeks and come back on a day that wasn't a record breaking heat day to try him again. Both trainers have commented repeatedly on how sensitive and willing Enzo is!
However, looking back without the emotions (what?? You don't love him??) I think she was trying to say that she likes her horses hot and spicy. It's true that he doesn't shoot off like a rocket. And even when he's at his lightest, he doesn't shoot off like a rocket. He's a sensible dude. He has energy (usually) but if you keep asking him without follow up, he will totally tune you out. He's totally not hot or spicy, but he IS willing and sensitive. When we connect again in a week or two, I will check in with her about that but my gut says she wants something with a bigger motor and a touchier gas pedal.
I have another person possibly coming out to try him who's interested in doing a half lease before purchasing. As long as she takes lessons with a trainer and is trainer approved, that could work out just fine. I wouldn't hold him for her, but I'm not in a huge rush to sell him anyways.
I'm finally getting back in the saddle tonight or tomorrow and am excited to actually ride again!