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post #1 of 2 Old 05-10-2016, 11:08 AM Thread Starter
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ISO: Safe, Sound, Trustworthy Pony/Small Horse

Hey guys! I'm looking for a pony or small horse for a friend of mine. She has years of experience riding and is a very good rider, the only issue is she tends to get timid/nervous, especially if she doesn't know the horse. She needs something that will allow her to get nervous (should she) and just continue going about it's business.

She gets nervous over various situations; horses running by, the dark, a horse backing up near her, if the horse she's on rounds, if she thinks her horse is going to spook. Just some stuff that most of us wouldn't bat an eye at makes her nervous.

She's ridden her appaloosa gelding for the past 10 years and he was perfect for her, they just clicked. She was running winning barrel runs at NBHA on him! Very willing, brave, smart but then he got cushings and simultaneously started to lose his eyesight and got a bit skittish and that made her even more nervous but she pursued on with some limitations. The poor boy had a stifle injury in the field so she gave him some time off and brought him back slowly only to have him go three-legged lame after their first show back when she didn't push him. Needless to say he's been retired since October and she's ready to try to trust another horse, so it definitely needs to be trustworthy.

Specifications are somewhat negotiable:
- Prefer something within the surrounding states of NJ (NY, PA, DE, MD) but willing to look elsewhere for the right one.
- Under 16 years old
- Gelding strongly preferred (mare that doesn't act marish could be considered)
- Between 13.1 (stocky) and 14.3 (The shorter the better. She's 5ft in sneakers)
- Must be safe, sane, sound, and trustworthy
- Will take something that needs some work but again refer to above
- She'd like to do all around stuff (trails, barrels, English, cows)
- Must be okay with a timid rider at times
- No medical issues
- Barefoot or needing shoes is fine
- Not gaited
- Any breed (likes haflingers, POAs, and Quarter Ponies)
- Priced under $1,000 (<That's going to be the hard part)

Thank you for looking! If you have or know of anything feel free to post it here or PM me.

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post #2 of 2 Old 05-24-2016, 03:07 PM
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Intermountain West, USA
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I have a mare that I am planning to sell this fall. She is on lease currently and it is up at the end of September.
She fits all of your qualifications (and then some) except:
  • She is mare-ish and must be tuned every spring
  • She is in Utah
  • Looking to get closer to 3k but willing to take payments as long as she stays with me until she's paid for.
Other than that, she has done 3-day eventing (English), trail class, cattle work, and by the end of her lease she will be trained to cut & sort cattle as well as ride in parades and drill teams. You can also throw a rope off her. She rides in liberty (no tack whatsoever) and jumps steady at 3'6", shows at 3'.

She is 14.2 hands and 7 years old.

Quarter horse (not papered) and red dun.

She will climb lava rocks/mountains, pack small deer, let you shoot off her back, jump over ditches, wheel lines, etc.

She is beginner safe in an arena or familiar area, but needs an intermediate rider on trails alone.

She has lots of character and personality, and she is very, very smart. Which isn't always in the rider's best interest :)

I realize she's pretty far away, but just thought I'd throw it out there anyway :)
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