For sale through no fault of his own, a sweet natured Irish cob X with bags of potential, who just needs bringing on.
We bought ‘Prince Eric’ 11 months ago as a mother/son share suitable for a novice. We fell in love with his laid back nature (and blue eyes), but reluctantly feel that he needs a more experienced owner who can bring him on to realise his full potential.
He has a lovely nature and is great on the ground. Good with the vet, farrier, having his teeth done, not spooky with the hose, good to catch, groom, tack up, good with fly spray but a bit of a ‘baby’ with sun tan cream! (typical boy). Well mannered in the stable. Good to load and travel in a trailer. Good with dogs.
Generally, a very sweet, easy pony that everyone in the yard loves.
When ridden out with others he’s good in traffic (fine with cars, tractors, trailers, lorries, lawn mowers, bikes, motor bikes, road works,) will occasionally look twice at the odd sign or ‘scary’ wheelie bin! Definitely takes his confidence from his rider & the other horses around him. If they spook, he’ll spook because they spooked! If he’s out with quiet, confident horses he is much more relaxed. If he’s ridden out front he will do a lovely slow lopey canter across an open field if you ask him, or just walk if you don’t. However, he can get scared and strong if he thinks he’s being left behind! (Which is his lack of experience and confidence showing.)
It’s in the school where he needs bringing on. If I ride him in the school (I’d class myself as a confident, competent novice) he appears to be your typical ‘lazy cob’, and can be a bit nappy and hard work. But get a more experienced rider on him, and he looks like a different pony, going nicely forward and even starting to move into an outline occasionally!
More experienced people who’ve ridden him in the school tell me he is a genuine pony, with a soft mouth, but he’s just green! He is currently being schooled twice a week and improving with each session.
We’ve done a little bit of jumping with him. Once you’ve got him into a good canter he can do a nice jump, which he appears to enjoy. (We’ve never known him to refuse but he doesn’t always get the striding right.)
Eric is happy to live out and is currently in individual turn out , but has been in a shared field with geldings, and I think he prefers that. He does appreciate a warm stable for the odd night in, in the depths of winter, (but needs others horses in as well, as he’s not happy on his own.)
He’s a good goer. We’ve had his front feet shod as we were doing quite a bit of roadwork, but he did come to us barefoot.
He has never been lame or ill since we’ve had him.
Up to date with worming, vaccinations, teeth, and shoes. Happy for you to speak to our vet, or for him to be vetted. Passported & microchipped.
Good facilities to try him. Would consider a trial period, to get the right owner for him. Comes with tack and rugs. 5* approved homes only, no dealers please.
call Caroline for more details or photos.