Horses for Loan19 yrsGreyGelding
Mutley is a handsome 14.2hh grey registered Connemara gelding. He is 19 years old.
Mutley has been a wonderful confidence giver, providing many happy years of fun for our family. He is a straightforward, honest pony and does not tend to be strong, going in a snaffle. He has done show jumping, dressage, ODEs, tetrathalons and loves his cross country. He has represented school's winning team at NSEA competitions up to 95cm and has many rosettes for his jumping. He isn't the biggest fan of flatwork and at his age is unlikely to become one, however he will do a simple test. Mutley is great in the heaviest traffic including trains and farm vehicles. He will happily hack out alone or in company and isn't a spooky type. He is quiet to clip, shoe, box, and bring in/out.
Mutley's not-so-good-bits: Mutley can be somewhat of a grump in the stable from time to time; he likes his routine and gets on best with someone he has had time to get to know. He is never nasty but is a sensitive soul who is easily offended! This manifests mostly in pulling faces at tea time or squealing if you do his girth up too tight/let a rug strap knock his legs.
Mutley can get quite attached to his stablemates. He is fine to be left in the stable when they go off on a hack but I wouldn't leave him in the field for fear he'd jump out and follow them. He also had always gone to shows alone until we had him, at which point he began to get very upset when his friend parted ways with him to go into another ring. He is a different pony when he goes out for trips on his own and can be tied up by the box/travels easily/will stand by the ring etc. no problem.
Mutley is accident prone! 2 months after we got him, he suffered with a mystery 'tummy bug' that we think he picked up at a show. A year later in the spring he developed a cough and was scoped. He had a mild chest infection and suspected COPD. This hasn't caused him any more issues because of strict management (i.e. as much turnout as possible, soaked hay and good quality bedding as well as regular 'spring-cleaning' of his stable) however it is something that could flare up and progress if he was stabled for long amounts of time/potentially with very heavy work. In July 2014, after a ODE he presented lame in his off hind fetlock. This was scanned to show a sprain at a branch in the suspensory ligament. This resolved itself surprisingly quickly with lots of cold-hosing and anti-inflammatories and since has not re-emerged as an issue however I've worried about it ever since! Because of this, I think it would be wise for any potential carer for Mutley to make decisions about his workload in recognition of this, in combination with his advancing age. He still loves to go and jump and be out and about, but takes longer to recover than his younger self would have! Mutley is also a recovering laminitic, suffering a horrid first bout this May. Following just over a month's box rest, he has been carefully brought back into work and managed accordingly. Because of this, I would want him to go to someone with the facilities to restrict his grazing and keep him busy!
I don't think he would be suited to a hunting home except for an older/confident rider. He has never seen hounds with us (or at all as far as I am aware) but when he hears them he does tend to get quite excited - something not helped by the immaturity of our other elderly, hunting veteran!
Once you have him on your side, however, Mutley can go like a dream. He will virtually never say no jumpwise and in that sense is a real confidence giver. He has his own funny little way of going which requires adaptability but really loves being out and about and rewards commitment. I feel he could go on to give someone the same years of happiness and enjoyment he has given us.
I am very sad to be looking to rehome him but can't give him the attention he needs and he is hopelessly outgrown by younger siblings/cousins. Any loan home must be open to vetting and a contractual loan agreement. All tack and rugs can be provided. Kind, knowledgeable homes only, please, ideally fairly local to Tiverton, Devon.
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