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Free Lease/Free to Perfect Home: Irish Sport Horse/Connemara geld, Near Fair Hill MD

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  • Free Lease/Free to Perfect Home: Irish Sport Horse/Connemara geld, Near Fair Hill MD

    Posting for a friend. Amazing opportunity for someone looking for a dressage, cross country, fox hunter, paperchase, or fun trail horse. Please read the whole description written by his owner below:

    15.3+hh buckskin Irish Sport Horse/Connemara gelding. He was found and brought to me by my Olympic eventing coach Jane Sleeper. Jane was so impressed with the, at the time, 3 year that she insisted this be my first professional horse. He is a '95 foal which makes him 18 this year. I have had him since he was 3 years old so anything you could possibly want to know about him- I'm the one you want to ask.

    He was my event horse for many years and as eventers we practice the skills of dressage, show jumping and XC. He was a successful horse all through pony club and into the upper levels of eventing, was schooled up to the Advanced level. We even did some local dressage shows to help improve his lateral work. He was never quite fancy enough in the dressage to win at the upper levels but he always placed very well overall because he was strong, never ever stopped, bold jumper. He has trained with many of the greats and has always been used as an example horse for show jumping and xc. Now with that being said, he was aggressive enough to tackle huge fences and kind and patient enough to let me inexperienced mother ride him 2x a week. My mom trail rode and took lessons on him for fun. He's a cool dude.

    Unfortunately, he is slightly "off" in his step in his left hind. He isn't lame behind he is 'off', meaning when he trots he slightly drags his toe and wings his left hind inward rather than tracking up and forward. This has no affect on the comfort of his step or ride. You can't even feel it. This stems from an old injury, in Sept. '08 he was in a field fight with a horse who was accidentally turned out in his pasture. He has never been the same in his left hind since. We had several vets look at him and did all the appropriate things to try to get him sound with the exception of a bone scan. As it stands today I took him to a specialist to try to figure out where his "offness" is coming from. We blocked the entire leg to the stifle and X-rays. Nothing was visible to point to the "offness." So we have been advised to take him for a bone scan. The vet did tell us that he is in NO pain and is in amazing health. He encourages that he continue to be ridden as long as he likes his job, and he likes to work!

    In the perfect situation I would like to find my horse a forever home that wanted to ride a few times a week, maybe do trails, dressage and fences under 3'. He is bold and a little quick to his fences as he is an event horse still in his mind. He needs to be refreshed on his dressage work since he was off for the last year while I started my next upper level horse. He is an easy keeper. Only needs the farrier every 8 weeks, perfect gentleman for vet an dentist. X-ties clips and self loads on the trailer. There are only three things he does not do- he can not handle blue plastic lol... No idea why!! He needs to see and be close to other horses when he is in the barn/stall and he does not like the noise of machinery being close to him. Wierd, I know haha.

    Right now he is being worked 4x a week to just refresh him and he is loving it. He is happy and just wants a job and attention. He has excellent ground manners and is easy to handle. He is easily placed in any field situation and gets along with everyone.

    Please contact Amanda at 302-293-8851 for more information.

    Pictures available! Owner finances force placement, boarding funds are limited so he needs to find a home soon!
    Last edited by tua37516; May. 29, 2013, 09:39 AM. Reason: contact info added

  • #2
    Would he be a good teacher for a very experienced rider who wants to improve her dressage?


    • Original Poster

      That would be an ideal fit! He has all the "buttons" you need to help you learn!


      • #4
        Sent you a PM.
        We could all take a lesson from crayons some are sharp, some are beautiful, some have weird names, and all are different colors, but they still learn to live in the same box. Unknown.


        • #5
          Has this gelding been placed or is he still looking for his new home? If he's still available, could you tell me if he'd be a good confidence builder for a slightly timid beginner rider who is doing walk-trot right now?
          Also, are there pictures of him we could see?
          Would the owner consider letting him go to West TN if the home were perfectly suited?


          • #6
            What is his breeding?

            chief feeder and mucker for Music, Spy, Belle and Tiara. Someone else is now feeding and mucking for Chief and Brain (both foxhunting now).


            • Original Poster

              Originally posted by TrakehnerRider View Post
              Has this gelding been placed or is he still looking for his new home? If he's still available, could you tell me if he'd be a good confidence builder for a slightly timid beginner rider who is doing walk-trot right now?
              Also, are there pictures of him we could see?
              Would the owner consider letting him go to West TN if the home were perfectly suited?
              He is definitely still looking for a new home! I would be happy to email pictures if anyone is interested.

              As far as a timid beginner rider, I would recommend that he go to either a confident or intermediate level rider. He is not hot nor does he have any bad behaviors or spook, but since he was an Advanced level horse he does have some energy in his step so might be a bit much for a timid beginner.


              • #8
                Sent you a message


                • #9
                  OP - I also sent a message - looking for contact info.



                  • Original Poster

                    Acertainsmile & Huntin' Pony... sent you both responses!


                    • Original Poster

                      He is still looking! Just a little more clarification on the "offness." What the vet believes is that his pasture injury healed in a way that offset the way he tracks up in that limb, so there is no pain association, he does not bob his head etc. However in competition that would count against him.


                      • #12
                        Cleared out my inbox! Sorry!


                        • Original Poster

                          Originally posted by Acertainsmile View Post
                          Cleared out my inbox! Sorry!
                          Sent you a PM! Let me know if you need the owner's contact info or have any questions. The owner just found out today that she will need to be doing some travelling for work so all the more reason he find a perfect home!


                          • #14
                            PM sent
                            But he thought, "This procession has got to go on." So he walked more proudly than ever, as his noblemen held high the train that wasn't there at all. H.C.Anderson


                            • #15
                              sounds perfect

                              Please have your friend call me (607) 760-5867


                              • Original Poster

                                Originally posted by wb&ponybreeder View Post
                                Please have your friend call me (607) 760-5867
                                Yes, forwarded your info!


                                • Original Poster

                                  Update: Boarding funds are running out, please take a shot this guy is super special!


                                  • Original Poster

                                    Link to his photo album


                                    • #19
                                      you have a pm
                                      " ...the mist parted, and there was a green land under a swift sunrise." J.R.R. Tolkien, Return of the King


                                      • Original Poster

                                        Owner contact information added to the original post!