Max was born on 28.12.1996 and came to Narrawin in early November 2000. He was subsequently started under saddle by me. In November 2008, I took Max to Equitana in Melbourne and had the opportunity to showcase American Saddlebreds and Gaited Horses to a wide audience. It’s hard for a horse to put up with the noise, the strangers and just the disruption from normal routine, especially a horse not used to being stabled. He took it well, and was no problem in the stallion parade with loads of other horses. At home, he is one of my favourite pleasure ridng horses, rarely disappointing in giving a fantastic ride, alone or in company. More recently, I have also started to work him more classically, introducing lateral work and Spanish Walk (which he seems to particularly enjoy). I have also introduced him to some trail obstacles and that is another set of tasks he shows great interest in.
Max is a naturally 5-gaited horse. He has a beautiful long stride and is smooth and groundcovering in all gaits, including trot and canter. His rack is fantastic, to say the least.
He has a beautiful refined face and the lovely shoulder and neck typical of Saddlebreds. He has excellent bone and a harmonious overall look, complemented by great self-carriage.
Max loves people. He is energetic, curious and eager to please.
Naturally 5-gaited, to confimr, he was tested for the gait gene (DMRT3), result: A. He has been tested N/N for JEB (Junctional Epidermolysis Bullosa).
His offspring are showing his qualities and have seen several pure and partbreds started under saddle and doing very well.
Max stands at stud to approved mares of all breeds and is available by live cover only.