Please read carefully!
My boy Sparky is 14.1 and 11 years old. I currently have one part loaner for him who comes two days a week at the moment . The current loaner is a young girl who
comes with her family to help and is novice stage in her riding at the moment.
Sparky is a patient boy but he does have some quirks that you should be aware of if loaning him:
* He has nerve damage to his soft palette. This was from a stick that was wedged in his throat and it means that he sometimes drips food back through his nose and coughs - it can look dramatic but the vets have said that because it is nerve damage there is not a lot to be done besides limiting his hay intake (it makes him cough) soaking all his feeds and making sure he has plenty of time outside his stable. If you are ever concerned about him contact me and make sure to check his temperature regularly :)
* He can spook - particularly if you are a nervous rider.
* When excited out on a hack he might throw in a small buck if on the wrong leg/unbalanced in canter.
* Due to his height and size he is unfortunately not a weight carrying native pony and would do well with a rider under 10 stone - both his current riders are around the 8 and a half mark.
With the negative come so many positives, what he can do well is:
* He loves going out on hacks and is very sensible on roads, tractors etc don’t phase him. He is best hacking with a buddy but if you’re a confident rider he will go alone.
* He can do your lessons and tried his socks off at anything you turn him to.
* He likes jumping.
* He is great to groom, bring in, tack up, load and vey polite and sweet on the ground. He will be groomed for hours!
* He’s laid back and enjoys the company of other horses - not nasty!
* The yard I’m on has access to amazing hacking, nearby bridle paths and if you have a trailer Kelsall close by. It also has access to
A theraplate, a variety of instructors and physio/horsey experts to help you all of which are friendly. It also has a hilltop school with beautiful views.
What Sparky needs:
He currently has me and one novice rider on him. I regularly hack him but don’t always have time for lessons he could do with another confident, experienced rider who would like to enjoy him.
I am open to younger riders as his other loaner is 13, however anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult at all times on the yard and I must stress that they must be a confident rider and be able to handle the occasional spook and recognise how to school - for example correcting Him onto the correct leg in canter.
Any questions then please just ask! Thank you.