For Sale: 12 year old, 16hh, chestnut thoroughbred mare, registered name is HeadedToTheDance and is a direct granddaughter of Mr. Prospector. Asking 5,500$.
She is an elegant mover that loves to jump and would make a wonderful Hunter show prospect, and also has the ability to go into the dressage arena. This mare is athletic and very willing work. She is very typical of the US breeding in both appearance and temperament, so if you are a thoroughbred fan you will certainly want to check out this horse. The only exception are her feet, I have kept this mare barefoot for 8 years without any soundness issues and only one incidence of her developing a single crack. And that was due to the difference in hay quality that I've found in the south versus in New York, where she was kept prior, and she has maintained fine since being placed on a mineral supplement. I am only selling her as the demands of my education and career have been (and continue to be) time consuming, preventing me from riding her, and her talents are being wasted as she sits in my pasture. As is such, she has developed a habit of being very impatient when you are trying to tack her up or mount her, but once you are under saddle she is a dream. After she has been worked under saddle her ground manners are fantastic. I have sent her to a trainer to do a 30 day tune up on her, but she will still require someone who is very confident with their ground skills and the time to ride her most days of the week to get her past this. Prior to the last 2 years (where I have not been able to ride her at all), she was the type of horse that could sit out in pasture for months and be ridden without problem. I still believe that she could be this way again, but she needs some consistency before she is like that again. She has jumped 3ft easy in the past, although due to her being out of condition the trainer has only asked her for a 2ft jump (as can be seen in the pictures) and cross rails recently. She has the potential to go higher, but I did not have the skill to take her there. She rides in a snaffle bit exclusively and moves off with a moderate leg and is responsive to soft hands.
Due to this mare’s impatience on the ground I would rate her temperament as a 6/10, and would do well with an intermediate rider that is confident under saddle and on the ground. The trainer absolutely loves this horse (check out the grin in the pictures) and would be happy to walk you through what she is doing to eliminate the mare's initial impatience.