15.2hh Teenager's Dream
It’s with a heavy heart that I put my beautiful boy up for sale. I feel like I owe him a much better quality of life as standing around in a field most of the time is a waste of his talent. Chevy is 9 years old, stands at 15.2hh and will come with everything I have got for him, this includes all his rugs, headcollars, boots, bandages and saddlecloths (excluding tack – his made to measure leather Silhouette Saddle and Micklem Multibridle can be negotiated into the price). The home is definitely the most important thing on my mind for my lovely boy, I will wait as long as it takes to find him the perfect owner who I feel can provide him with a happy life.
I have owned Chevy (Chevrolet) for over 5 years now, I purchased him when he had just turned 4 years old and had just been backed. Chevy is a very, very special horse, I would not be able to find another one like him no matter how hard I searched, which is why it’s so difficult writing this advert out for him, I have spent months of tears going over this decision, but I know this is the right thing to do for him.
He is not suitable for novices as he does have some quirks, and he can take advantage if you don’t know how to ride him confidently. Chevy would suit a competent rider who wants to go out competing, he would excel at Cross Country, Show Jumping and maybe a bit of hunting.
On the Ground:
Chevy is very easy to catch out of the field, he knows his name and always comes up to you if you shout him over. Sometimes he will let out a sweet whinny back as he comes over, whether he is in a herd or not. He will happily stand all day tied up being pampered and fussed by adults and children. He is 100% with picking his hooves up for you to clean out, occasionally he will lift them up for you before you even ask. He currently has shoes on but has been barefoot for around 4 years with no issues, I only had shoes put on him due to doing more roadwork. He will stand well for the farrier, but can try and push his luck and mess about pulling his hoof back to the floor. I have had him clipped a number of times, he has been completely fine with cordless clippers all over his body, however clippers with the wires he seems to think will kill him so he will turn into a fire breathing dragon and make a huge fuss over nothing, until he realises they’re okay. He is perfect to tack up and will happily accept the bit in his mouth and stand still waiting for you to put your riding gear on. Chev will stand to be bathed and hosed down as well.
Chevy is absolutely brilliant to be lunged, he will move forward and slow down with voice commands. He responds to ‘walk, trot, canter, and stand’, I do not use a lunging whip for him as there is no need. He has lunged over jumps, and been lunged with a pessoa on and other gadgets which he has no issues with. I have also long-lined him and he has been ridden on the lunge as well. He has had younger children on him riding around on the lunge as well, he is so perfectly behaved.
Chev used to be brilliant in traffic, I used to ride him across the A52 to take him back to my house. Last year, we had an incident where a moped went into us, and he has been nervous around mopeds/motorbikes when out hacking. He has reared up, but he only does this when he panics and feels trapped, this is why I would not want a novice rider on him. On open fields, he is perfect. He has been galloped across stubble fields, been out with a huge group of horses and been ridden out on open fields by himself, not once has he ever put a foot wrong. He will happily plod along or if will take it up a gear if required. He would suit a home that has access to off-road hacking, we have been working with Mickey Gavin to fix the issue with mopeds/motorbikes which he has been responding to brilliantly. Chevy needs someone to put the time and patience into him to help him stop being nervous and once again enjoy hacking out. He has also been in a lake swimming with me on him. He is a honest horse and will do anything asked of him.
Once fit enough, Chevy will easily clear 1m10. I have competed him in Working Hunter in which we came 2nd, qualifying for The Royal London Show in Harrogate. I have also taken him to smaller, local shows where he came 1st in show jumping, and 3rd in the clear round. I have had plenty of jumping lessons with Chevy in the past year or so, to learn different techniques with him and face different obstacles. He will jump doubles, triples, oxers, jumps with fillers and planks. This horse loves jumping so much, that when I have been schooling him I can feel him wanting to take me to a fence when we ride past one.
Currently, we have our own Cross Country Course so Chev has had experience of doing faster work over solid jumps. A few months back, I took him to Newton Cross Country which was the first time doing something like this with him, and he went through the water at a walk, trot and canter, and jumped everything I turned him to. He is built like a tank and cross country is something he would strive in.
Chevy has had a lot of schooling and flatwork done over the past year, he carries himself really well once fit, but even now when I get him out the field for a quick half an hour in the school, he still carries himself and moves beautifully to the best of his ability. I have done flying changes with him, and he has a good understanding of the 3 paces, you do not need to kick him on as he is a sensitive horse and a small squeeze or click of the tongue will get him forward into the next pace. Chevy always tries his best to please the rider, he requires someone who can ride with light hands, as like I have said he is a sensitive horse. This doesn’t mean he is fizzy however.
I have never really had to load Chevy as all the yards we have been to are local, but in the past year we have had a 3.5t horse box and a 7.5t horse box. It can take a bit of encouragement to get him up the ramp, but once he is in the box he will stand to be tied up and happily eat his hay. He travels really well, I have driven him out for lessons, hiring schools and to go to cross country.
Stabling and turn out:
Chevy has never kicked, bitten or acted in a malicious way towards a human, he is even kind to other horses as he will warn them by lifting a leg but never striking out, he is a natural herd leader and can be turned out with mares and geldings. He is kept out 24/7 over spring/summer unless there is a really bad storm, then he gets brought in due to us feeling guilty for leaving him out! He is perfect to rug as well, and hasn’t trashed any of the rugs we have bought him. He has previously stayed out over winter, only rugging when it’s really cold, but he does prefer to come in to his stable overnight in the winter. He would need to be in a home where turnout is easily accessible, he cannot be at a home where they are stabled pretty much all day over winter as he likes to have a good run around the field and a roll when let out in the mornings.
Please contact me for any more information you would like to know on Chevy, I have tried to include as much as I can and be as honest as I can. This is a heart breaking sale, so please only comment if you’re genuinely interested in providing my boy with a five star home. xx
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