Italian Syndicate is truly tall, dark and handsome! He has been lightened by the summer sun but in the winter he will be nearly black. We jokingly call him our “Italian Stallion” even though he does not act like a stallion, we just mean he is exotically handsome. He is in a turnout group of 3 which does not have a clear leader. I think he will be towards the top of most groups but not necessarily the absolute leader. He is a sweetheart with a kind, intelligent nature. We were 30 min late with morning feeding one time and he let himself out of his stall for a stroll. He did not run around like a fool at all, just casually wandered around visiting friends until he saw me. Then he was like “hey friend! I have been looking for you!” and sauntered right up to me. He does not have any stall vices.
Under saddle, he is all business. He is laid back and not spooky. Italy may be busy with his mouth but he is listening to you at all times. He is soft in your hands and naturally tries to carry himself. He is not far off from putting the pieces together which will come easier as he builds the right muscles. Italy retired without any apparent limiting injuries and is suitable for all disciplines.