Blue & WhiteGelding16 hands
I'm VERY tentatively putting the feelers out for a potential loan home for Smurf...
Smurf is my 16hh, 16 year old cob who I now think would enjoy a more relaxed lifestyle. He absolutely loves hacking and will go all day long (alone or in company) and is super on the roads, to be perfectly honest he would be happy never to set foot in a sand school again (unless it was to pop the odd jump) and I would be very happy to never school him again!! He also LOVES his days out hunting with our local bloodhounds and has spent the last few winters out with the Coakham Bloodhounds and Kent and Surrey Bloodhounds. He can be very strong but we now have a bit and bridle combination that work an absolute treat so my breaks are second to none!! He keeps up with the pack all day and jumps every thing I ask (excluding the massive hedges because I'm a wuss!) I have done quite a bit of showing in the past with Smurf too, he goes very well in a double bridle and has always been placed in either the ridden cobs or coloured classes, I'm not a huge showing fanatic but it's something else for him to do in the summer when the hunt season is over that isn't too much pressure. He also loves going on sponsored rides and went on his first beach ride this year, we had a brilliant time and it was a great excuse to get him off the yard! Generally Smurf is a much loved character to have on the yard, he will always give you a very loud squeaky hello and is pleased to see you for some fuss and attention, however he is a big cob and he knows it!! If you give him an inch he will take a mile therefore I am very strict with how I manage him and you mustn't be afraid to do the same either! He is by no means nasty or dangerous but if he thinks he can get away with shoving past you out the stable door he will!! For that reason I can't have any novice riders/ owners looking after him. Where he is currently stabled they have individual turnout paddocks during the winter and 24/7 herd turnout in the summer, he is happy with any turnout routine really, aslong as he can see other horses or be with them, he will not cope being on his own. He is very good for the farrier, dentist and vet but he cannot be clipped without sedation!! I use half a tube of domosuden gel which works very well for me to do a full clip (legs, body and face) it all comes off!! Smurf also has COPD which I have managed very well ever since I've had him, his hay is soaked, and his bedding must be dust free. I also invested in a flexineb inhaler which is used whenever necessary, his flare ups completely vary, I have gone virtually a whole year without having to use the inhaler and then when it's bad used it twice a day for a few days running (summer time is generally worse for him) he is much more of a winter horse! Smurf isn't what I'd call old but he is slightly creaky behind so I have his hocks medicated every 8-12 months to keep him happy, this is also another reason why I would like him to do less school work. I am happy to continue paying for his hocks to be injected as it's my personal preference he has it done. I have owned Smurf since he was 4 years old so he is incredibly special to me and will only leave me if the right person comes along!! I have been messed around by sharers a lot in the past so all potential homes will be vetted with a loan contract drawn up and signed. I love my boy very much and he is such a huge personality on our yard however I feel like he could enjoy his golden years more if he wasn't having to fit into the lifestyle of the other competition horses. Smurf will come with a full wardrobe including all tack and rugs and I would be available for support at any time! I would like to be able to see him on a fairly regular basis so would like him to stay within a reasonable distance to Gatwick but this can be discussed depending on the home being offered. So if you feel like Smurf is the big cob shaped hole you've been waiting to fill please call me on - Click here to reveal phone number -
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