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    15.2 Connemara x thoroughbred, Dapple grey; Reluctant Sale.

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    • 15.2 Connemara x thoroughbred, Dapple grey; Reluctant Sale.

    Get ready for my life story… first things first this is an incredibly honesty and reluctant sale.

    Ever since I was a little kid I wanted nothing more than my own pony. I brought my Sunny back in December 2016, I rode a lot when I was a kid but my parents could never afford to buy me a horse therefore I either loaned or worked long hard hours in exchange for a ride.
    I thought about taking grooming/ riding as a career but after completing college and working for a couple Olympic standard showjumpers/ eventers I thought this isn’t worth it so managed to get myself a high paying job In London.

    After 3 years of not being in the saddle I was desperate to start riding again, I found Sunny for Part loan August 2016 after 4 months of getting to know him, the owner decided to sell him she gave me the first refusal. I couldn’t bare to part with him so obviously I ignorantly decided to buy him; thinking having a horse would be easier than what the reality is whilst juggling a full time job and trying to climb the career ladder (for more money to provide better care for my horse).

    However, the long hours leave little time to spend with him and the money doesn’t stretch far enough for both my horse and a life for myself (Mortgage). Im up at 6 to muck out, he is the first one to be turned out in the morning.. I then have to go home make myself look presentable then a hours commute, 9 hour day at work another hour commute back home. By this time its half 6 quick change then up the yard he is the last out in the field which makes me feel bad.
    I have to force myself to ride 6 Days a week but I am shattered and this doesn’t make riding which I once loved to do enjoyable; 4 of which are in the school especially in the winter because it is too dark to hack – I love dressage but I know Sunny prefers jumping.
    Whilst he does incredibly well in the school with the right rider I know he won’t enjoy competing dressage to elementary level like I do.

    Sunny is a 15.2 Connemara x thoroughbred, Dapple grey coming up to 9 Years old in May. Don’t be put off though the only thing thoroughbred about him is his long neck but has filled out nicely since eating decent food and correct schooling he is not highly strung or flighty at all.

    He had a few quirks when I brought him, quite thin, wouldn’t hack out by himself, napped a lot not great leading on the ground, practically jumped on you when giving him his feed, teeth and vaccinations weren’t up to date.
    His old owner used to tip bit him a lot which isn’t any disrespect to her but he was prone to biting and nipped me a few time, I have stopped any treats and he now doesn’t bite, he gets a treat whilst putting the bit in his mouth and after schooling just so he doesn’t think schooling so bad.

    What has he done with me over the past year?
    Because he was so thin, I wasn’t going to compete so I decided to take all his shoes off until he was in a decent condition to go out and compete his hooves are in really good condition to my surprise/ delight all are black hooves apart from 1 white not even a chip in summer; unless you are going to do cross country, you wouldn’t need to put shoes on him but saying that he is great with the farrier.

    I have been working on our schooling after battling with him for months to get him to work in an outline I knew something wasn’t right so I decided to get his back checked after a good massage I saw the benefits but still wasn’t 100% I then decided to get his saddle reflocked which turns out was pinching his wither so no wonder he didn’t want to stretch down and lift his back up. But he still wasn’t softing in the head so I decided to get his teeth checked the vet told me his teeth were quite over grown and were causing an ulcer which made me feel terrible.
    So after 2 weeks of just hacking with a loose rein his schooling came on heeps and bounds, I taught him how to leg yield, shoulder in, travers, collection/ extension in the gaits, after a lot of suppling exercises I even got a pirouette out of him. I now get complements from people down my yard when schooling saying he looks like one of the horses at my yard which is worth 10k and professionally backed; my head didn’t fit into my hat after that comment.

    Jumping isn’t my fourtee but that being said we have jumped occasionally reaching heights of 1.20m, Sadly my school is too small for a course or maybe I have just been spoilt previously. He absolutely loves jumping in every picture I have his ears a pricked right forward probably needs abit of work with his striding towards the jump but I have no doubt he could excel in show jumping or cross country.

    Hacking he is great on roads, cars, dogs, people, prams do not bother him will go first last, but the only criticism is that he does need a confident leg being him otherwise he will nap he is absolutely fine with me but if you put someone who isn’t so confident he will take the mick unless there is someone on the ground.

    In the school he is great like I said for the right rider he has lovely paces but the not so confident riders he will go round like a donkey I also sometimes ride and jump bitless.
    Ive let my sister’s brothers, younger cousins ride him who have never sat on a horse before and he’s been absolutely fine I go off to do my jobs and leave them to poodle around.

    We have done loads of ground work, he is now an angle to lead you could say stand when walking back from the field and he will stop with you, we have started piaffe training and has picked up easier than I expected, he is such a quick learner!!

    Real gent in the stable, you can muck out with him in there tries to nibble on your hair so entertaining, great to groom falls asleep when you brush his legs which makes my heart melt also loves his dock being scratched, fab to tack up, catch in the field no matter how long he has been out.
    He’s unsure when it comes to clipping. Wireless clippers are defiantly the way forward with him, doesn’t need sedation just patience.
    Same with loading on a box you just need to be patient and he will go on, if you force him he will refuse completely but I suspect that is because I haven’t taken him out enough if it becomes regular for him he will get used to it.

    I have taken him Show Jumping; where we got clear round. We also have been dressage scoring mainly 8 on each maneuvers.

    Just a really low maintiance horse.

    Previous home:
    I know Sunny has had 3 owners including myself. The lady who I brought him off of imported him from Ireland at the age of 5 where he had previously done everything unaffiliated even hunted.

    Realistically Sunny would suit a competent teenager or small adult wanting to go out and compete show jumping or eventing.
    In an ideal world, I would love nothing more than for him to go to a knowledgeable forever home someone who can keep him in his back garden and be part of the family rather than another horse that’s just tossed out into the field all day and run ragged like the majority of other horses.
    I am in no rush to sell and really will only sell to the right person.
    He is open to any vetting necessary.

    Sunny will come with a full wardrobe rugs for every season, all his tack which is regularly cleaned he’s in a hanging cheek snaffle; newly flocked Kent and Masters GP saddle which is in great condition and fits. Brushing boots, numnahs ect, any feed/ bedding that’s left over even my fork and broom if you really want it.

    We are currently stabled in Leigh on sea, Essex – Absolutely no time wasters or dealers as it is hard enough as it is!
    Once he is sold I will not I will not be getting another horse; until I’m more financially stable or maybe one day ill buy him.

    If you or your child think you’ll be a good fit for my Sunny and have further questions please give me a text with your name and ill get back to you.

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    Category:Horses
    Subcategory:All Rounders
    Price:£ 5,000
    Horse's name:Sunny
    Age:8 yrs 11 mths
    Colour:Dapple Grey
    Gender:Gelding
    Height:15.2 hands
    Breed:Connemara x thoroughbred
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