HorsesOther£ 3,000 ONO7 yrs 6 mths
Spirit is a 15.1hh rising 7 year old tv x wb.
I have owned Spirit since she was 2, broke her in myself and over the past few years have mainly schooled and general hacking with the very odd jump here and there.
In April 2019 she went on full schooling livery with a dressage trainer whilst I was pregnant and came back home in October 2019. She then went on loan for a period in 2020. Since she has been home we haven’t had much chance to ride (maybe a hack once a month) as I am struggling with time. I am now expecting another baby and I know my time for her will only get worse which has forced this most heart breaking decision.
The good points:
- Spirit is the sweetest most gentle loving mare you will ever come across
- She has excellent ground manners, my little boy and dogs will run around her legs without batting an eyelid
- She will try her heart out for you
- She is never nasty and always tries to look after you. Always snaffle mouthed
- Spirit is the kind of horse that you can ride once a week (however she is ‘easier’ when ridden more often), out hacking horses could take off galloping and you could still hold her back in walk alone, I have tacked her up after weeks of no riding and taken her to a New Years hunt meet (she has not been out hunting)
- She doesn’t rear or buck and is never strong or takes off.
What Spirit has done:
- plenty of in hand and ridden showing
- Several pleasure rides / endurance rides
- Some local dressage tests
The bad points:
- spirit is a very nervous horse and can be very spooky although never nasty / malicious. She will ‘jump’ at a leaf one day but the next be braver than any other horse. For this reason she is not a novice ride as can be sharp. That said my novice 4 year old son, novice 8 year old niece and novice husband have ridden her however ultimately someone who is confident and unfazed by her spooks keeps her calmer. The more consistent work she is in the less spooky she becomes too.
- She cannot be left turned out alone. She hates to be on her own and will turn herself inside out in the field and come in a sweating mess.
- Similarly, she can become attached in pairs (not always I guess it depends how much she likes them). For this reason I’ve always found turning her out alone but next to horses or in 3s+ best.
- She has mostly been a field ornament for the past few months so will need bringing back into work.
- She is a fussy eater and it took years for me to find a feed that would manage her weight through winter (top spec and haylage are pretty much all she will eat)
- As she is a worrier she needs a very quiet calm and sensitive handler. She is NOT naughty and does not need to be treated so. Just needs to be loved and shown the right way
- She hates people hanging onto her mouth so balance is a must and soft hands an absolute requirement to keep the best from this girl. If you see saw her mouth she will turn into a giraffe
The type of home that will suit spirit best:
- someone who already has a horse so that turn out won’t be an issue (or at least someone who can ensure she’s never out last)
- Someone with time on their hands to give plenty of love and affection as well as riding (having a bond really helps her nerves)
- She works best on a quiet yard
All in all Spirit is just amazing and has so much potential in the right hands. She is absolutely my baby and I am so worried about where she ends up. She deserves the absolute best life and honestly I don’t feel I’m offering her that anymore.
I am trying to find the right home for this girl to reach her full potential. Experienced riders offering only the most perfect of 5* home will be considered. Due to issues with loaning her previously I will now only consider a sale.
She is good to clip, load and travel but very nervous with farriers. Always been barefoot but during a recent vet visit she was showing lame when trotted on the circle on a hard surface. She either needs a patient farrier to work with her or sedating to have shoes put back on. We had them taken off as she was just being turned out in the field.
She was seen in the vets when I bought her home from her loan home due to soreness in the back which presented itself in ‘rearing’ (although very barely can be classed as rearing - I have videos). X rays were clear no issues in the spine but the muscles were inflamed due to a tight fitting saddle. Injections into the muscles to relax them and physio treatment has helped this issue clear up. She now has a new saddle which suits her really well which I’d like to stay with her.
She picked up some bad habits whilst on loan such as weaving when stressed (she hasn’t done this for a long time but when we first moved yards etc she would weave when waiting to go out). When hacking alone if she comes to something she is afraid of she will either plant or turn to go home and needs a lot of reassurance to go forward. We were working on this but since suffering with morning sickness we haven’t ridden.
She is very much a project with quirks. You are welcome to try her although we don’t have a school but the yard is on a bridle path but due to being pregnant I am not riding. Therefore she is essentially being ‘sold from the field’
Thank you for taking the time to read this long winded advert! Please contact me for any further information. I hope I’ve been able to include all the information you may need and I have been as honest as possible to ensure she ends up in the best hands.
Please only contact if you can offer her a forever home. No dealers or someone looking to sell on to make money. ...Read full description