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diplomaticandtactful

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Had hoped not to have to be doing this again but started the hunt for Buddy 2. locally there are some coloured cobs but a bit of a gypsy dealer who my friend knows and he seems quite expensive i.e. £5,500 for a 14 year old 15'1 cob. I bought Sasa sight unseen from a gypsy dealer in Kent and he was actually very accurate. Said he knew nothing about her other than she came as a job lot from Belgium and was very sweet. There is one 3 hours away that may be ok, "Well bred 15.2 Irish sports horse mare with green book cruising clover hill bloodlines . Lizzie is an absolute sweetheart she is lovely to ride on the flat responsive but not strong always ridden in a snaffle . She has a bold scopey jump never stops doesn’t spook at any fillers water trays ect . She has done a few dressage tests , xc , working hunter and hunted always comes home with a ribbon . She is currently being ridden by a 12yo girl never bucks bolts or naps . Great to hack alone or in company . She was recently used in the riding school on and off so is 100% safe . Genuine easy horse that would suit mother daughter share or competitive teenager guaranteed to bring home a rosette . no time wasters !!!!!!!" Asked a lot of questions about her, she has an offer for someone to buy sight unseen but she wants the horse to be viewed.
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Breaking Dawn aka Dawn aka Donkey
14yo 15.1hh Irish Draught X chestnut mare by Euro.
Bought directly from breeder so full history known. Schools nicely but has had an easy life for the past 5 years due to lack of time so has mainly been hacking. The type of horse you can put down and pick back up. Has competed in showing, working hunter, dressage and show jumping when younger. Previously jumped up to 80cm but has only popped 60cm a handful of times over recent years. Good to shoe, clip, load and bath. Snaffle mouthed. Hacks alone or in company.
Up to date with vaccinations, farrier and teeth. I know her inside out so can answer any questions! Though safe she is not suitable for a novice as can be excitable on a hack.
Would come with a bridle, Black Country saddle, girth and rugs. I have limited trial facilities so would consider LWVTB.
This is an extremely sad sale so right home is paramount. Will ONLY be available to the best of homes. Serious enquiries only as I’m too busy for time wasters.
Pictures are from this year and the last was her at the weekend. Will be able to get ridden videos over the coming fews days for those that are interested." Have asked about the extent of her excitability on a hack.
 
Another chestnut mare! But she sounds great.
the grey has gone someone in England bought her sight unseen sent a money transfer if i hadn't tweaked my back on Friday i would have gone to see her today. Has messaged the chestnut she sounds perfect my only wish is that she was a different colour as will be painful to have another chestnut. Saw a nice belgian gelding, trying to find his advert.
 
" Though safe she is not suitable for a novice as can be excitable on a hack."

Seems to be a contradiction here? What does she do when she gets excited on a hack? Is it only a problem when hacking in company? Can she be safely cantered outside the school?
 
the grey has gone someone in England bought her sight unseen sent a money transfer if i hadn't tweaked my back on Friday i would have gone to see her today. Has messaged the chestnut she sounds perfect my only wish is that she was a different colour as will be painful to have another chestnut. Saw a nice belgian gelding, trying to find his advert.
And the chestnut naps and rears when hacking solo
 
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" Though safe she is not suitable for a novice as can be excitable on a hack."

Seems to be a contradiction here? What does she do when she gets excited on a hack? Is it only a problem when hacking in company? Can she be safely cantered outside the school?
I think you have a valid point here @Skib, though it's probably how I'd describe Luka. In his case with an experienced, confident, quiet rider who won't overreact but also won't freeze he's perfectly manageable, but a novice couldn't sit that still and if they got worried and too harsh I suspect matters would get very messy very quickly. So while I wouldn't say it's a contradiction it's certainly something that should raise questions and a potential buyer needs to be very honest with their ability.
 
" Though safe she is not suitable for a novice as can be excitable on a hack."

Seems to be a contradiction here? What does she do when she gets excited on a hack? Is it only a problem when hacking in company? Can she be safely cantered outside the school?
ruled out now
 
yes but he is a gypsy dealer so you have no provenance, he just buys them in from ireland and moves them on. My friend knows the family and says they are sharp

And you think the majority of sellers are honest? That's how a lot of dealers operate, and quite a few who don't even admit to being dealers but pass themselves off as private sellers to avoid the obligations of a dealer. There's a high demand for cobs and this is reflected in the price of them, a nice gypsy cob at 15.1 and 14yo for £5,500 wouldn't be for sale long around here, and people will go to just that sort of dealer to see a variety, they go with their eyes wide open though.
 
And you think the majority of sellers are honest? That's how a lot of dealers operate, and quite a few who don't even admit to being dealers but pass themselves off as private sellers to avoid the obligations of a dealer. There's a high demand for cobs and this is reflected in the price of them, a nice gypsy cob at 15.1 and 14yo for £5,500 wouldn't be for sale long around here, and people will go to just that sort of dealer to see a variety, they go with their eyes wide open though.
if you saw the place you would beware, it's a travellers site. at the side of a dual carriageway, the trial facilities would be minimal. The other three i have spoken to today have been pretty honest about the horse's issues, i.e. the chestnut mare can rear, and one other is very lazy and can nap. The one i particularly liked unless I put down £4k today sight unseen is gone.
 
I think you have a valid point here @Skib, though it's probably how I'd describe Luka. In his case with an experienced, confident, quiet rider who won't overreact but also won't freeze he's perfectly manageable, but a novice couldn't sit that still and if they got worried and too harsh I suspect matters would get very messy very quickly. So while I wouldn't say it's a contradiction it's certainly something that should raise questions and a potential buyer needs to be very honest with their ability.
that was the explanation, bought for mother, mother not confident with her and she was honest to say that the mare has reared and resisted in the past and therefore didn't recommend her to me as she might revert to that moving yards.
 
Horse shopping is fun for the first 5 minutes but so quickly becomes a bore, hopefully you find what you want quickly.

I have to say a 15h+ cob that’s a nice nature would sell quickly for that money around here too, even from a traveller.
 
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looking at a highland at the moment, seems a nice person, people seem genuine, he is a bit small but seem someone taller than me on him and he looked ok so he may fit me as he takes up the leg.
 
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