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    For Loan - Not your average cob!

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    **Allan has now found himself a new friend to go out and have fun with! A huge thank you to everyone who has enquired and I'm really sorry if I haven't had a chance to get back to you all!**



    I bought Allan 3 years ago when my confidence had taken a knock. I went out looking for an older ‘been there done that’ type who could get me back into it. Instead I ended up with a 6 year old who had just been shipped over from Ireland, a decision I have not regretted one bit! Allan is not a kick a long ploddy cob, he is forward going and at times I think forgets he even is a cob! He is never nasty or dangerous and doesn’t kick or bite. I would describe him as suitable for a confident novice as he can, on occasion, try his luck and needs someone who isn’t afraid to tell him off. This being said, he has been handled and ridden by a 12 year old girl.
    In the time I have had Allan we have done a bit of everything: hunting, hunter trials, jump cross, dressage (intro), show jumping and mini ODE’s. He has been very successful in his outings, rarely coming home without a placing. Recently though, he has not been out as much as I would have liked due to lack of transport. He is easy to do when he is out, although he does stand better outside of the trailer than in it (he’s a bit of a fidget). He has been hunted every season since I have had him, again not full seasons due to transport, and he is awesome. Although strong to hunt, he has never done anything dangerous. He will stand at the meet and has jumped post and rail, telegraph poles and a couple of smaller hedges and has never stopped. He is the best ditch jumper I have had, doesn’t hesitate and will safely get you over even the biggest of ditches.
    Although not a world beater, for a cob, he is very tidy with his front end jumping and makes quite a nice shape over a fence. He rarely touches a pole or stops (and I have put him on some horrendous strides!). He is very honest and really does try to help you out! Allan much prefers XC though and has taken me around a few different courses both schooling and at competitions and again has never stopped. His flat work does need work, when being consistently worked properly he can hold himself in a lovely shape in walk and trot and he is starting to achieve this is canter. His canter has improved hugely in the time I have had him but due to lack of time I have done very little in the school recently so this would need work. Again, given his type the school isn’t his favourite place to be, but he really does try and will produce some lovely work.
    Allan is fantastic to hack alone, isn’t bothered by any traffic, farm machinery or trains. He is not spooky or nappy, although the odd rouge pheasant throwing itself out in front of him can make him jump, but this is nothing nasty. I regularly hack him in company and again he isn’t dangerous but he can be strong, he much prefers being at the front than the back. He doesn’t rear and he is by no means a bucker, but has had the occasional excited buck (I could count them on one hand for the 3 years I have had him). The flies and pollen do bother him when he is out hacking in the summer (not in the school) so I do hack him with a nose net which does the trick, but by the time hound exercise starts early September he is fine without it.
    At home he is a pleasure to have, lives in or out, currently he is out 24/7 in the summer and is in during the nights in winter, but he is the type who could live out 24/7. At the moment, is turned out individually (how our yard works) but was turned out in a heard before I had him so I can’t see this would be a problem. He is great to shoe and travels alone and in company, although does need to be on the right in a trailer. He is good to clip, however, does need twitching for head and feathers. I manage to clip him by myself and he is really patient with me - I am new to clipping myself and not very fast!
    This is a really hard decision and I have been playing it over in my head for months now but I have finally had to admit he is not getting the attention or work he deserves with me. My workload has increased hugely and there are not enough hours in the day sadly as I am now having to bring work home with me. He is too good to just be hacked around the countryside when I get time. He has done so much for me in the time I have had him that I never thought I would be able to do so I owe it to him to find him a home where he can be given time. I am looking for a loan home where he can be loved and enjoyed so 5* homes only need to apply! I will vet homes thoroughly and a contract will be drawn up.
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