I've been following this thread with interest after seeing the above ad. What a cute boy--and close to me too. I realize that "investing" in horses/ponies is a risky business at best, but is it crazy to consider buying a youngster like this to work with and eventually market as a pony hunter or sporthorse? Realize we're talking years here. We have our own place.
No missing zero--that price is reduced from $850. I can't imagine why so low unless he's got some problem we don't know about. Still, the Missouri horse market is pretty miserable. The same farm has a nice-looking young broodmare for sale for $3000, also on craigslist.
I need another hoofed mouth to feed like I need another hole in my head, but still...
The Connie is a lovely breed that is becoming ever more popular. The UK Connemara Pony Society has an upper height limit of 14.2 and it sticks to that and is very much concerned to retain 'type'. Many Irish breeders, responding to the ever growing demand for a horse that is multi-talented and suitable for both adults and children, are breeding them bigger and bigger. A 'purebred' 15.2 is no longer unusual. As they grow, however, they become remarkably more like ..um.. ID, ISH or - good heavens, how ever did that happen? - a warmblood? In other words, they loose the pony characteristics that make them kind, clever, stubborn, good doers, and a real pleasure to be around. The Irish can be a bit cavalier about passports and papers. The best are wonderful. Stroller, the 14.2 Olympic Show Jumping medal winner was half connie. Portasize Just a Jiff, who fell at the end of the Olympic cross country at Greenwich, is half connie and has taken Camilla Speirs from pony club upwards.
My daughter has a TB/Connemara mare that is 15.2 and we absolutely LOVE her! She came to us about 6 months ago, and replaced my daughters other mount that can no longer compete due to a suspensory injury. Our mare is SMART, but as others have said, is stubborn, and things have to be her idea. She does not get along with other riders well, but my daughter and her really gel! They do hunter/jumper and she can JUMP!!! This was my first experience with Connemara's, but I have to say I am impressed!