|Ad Type:||For Sale|
|Temperament:||5 - Average (1 - calm; 10 - spirited)|
|Country:||United States of America|
|Location:||Laporte, CO 80535|
8 Year Old Grade Tobiano Bay Paint Mare For Sale. Selling as project, companion or recipient mare only. Asking $750.
Dolly has a very complicated back story and she will only be sold to an approved home that is the perfect fit for her. She needs to be a companion horse or someone's "one horse" who has a lot of time to spend with her. Dolly is 8 yrs old. I trained her as a 4 year old and put a couple months training into her. Before she went back home she had a solid foundation, collection and had a nice start to a sliding stop and spins. The only thing I found while training her was that she would pull back when tied and she would get "edgy" when I got in the saddle. By that I mean that as soon as I put my foot in the stirrup, she would tense up but after I put my leg over and moved her out, she was totally fine. Never offered to buck or spook while I rode her. Her owner never mentioned any previous trauma or bad experiences to me at the time. A couple years passed and her owner rode her extensively on the trails (all she wanted to do with her by preference) and came back to me to have me tune her up as she had recently had a baby and the horse, as a result had been sitting around for a while and was not getting used. She was more edgy than the first time I trained her and she bucked and cro-hopped a few times but nothing crazy. She was only with me for a 30 day tune-up. About a year later her owner came to me and said she was interested in selling her as she just did not have the time for her and she was having problems with her bucking. I wasn't interested in taking on a project at that time as I had a lot of other things going but I knew how great of a horse she was after I trained her the first time and thought it would be a piece of cake to get her back in shape. She went on the back burner for a little while and when I finally had the time to get back to her, I found that she was even worse this time around with being bucky, sensitive and edgy so I had a chiropractor and massage therapist take a look at her and found out that she was "out" in many places, the most critical being her sternum. So we did a coupe adjustments and got her back to normal in the body. As I started working with her again, she had not really gotten any better. She tenses up when you put the halter on her and she will sometimes pull back when she is tied. As I tried to figure out what was bothering her, I have come to the conclusion that there is a spot right between her ears that is extremely sensitive to the touch and to pressure. This to me indicated that she had maybe had some sort of head trauma in the past. Most often the reaction happens when she has to bend at the poll. When I have tried riding her, aside from tensing up to get on, she is usually ok until I ask her to collect and then she blows up in a bucking fit. When I contacted her previous owner about everything that had been going on, she told me that as a baby, the mare had had a bad experience her first time in the trailer and was "pretty banged up afterwards". So now I know, all along, what has been causing her fits. I think with the right home, for someone who just wants to pleasure ride and is not looking for a show prospect (because she is not registered and won't collect without bucking) she may be a good fit but she does not fit into my program and I do not have the time to go back to the beginning with her and get her through her issues so that is why I am offering her for sale. I will consider offers as what is most important to me is that she is with the right person and I do not want her to go to someone who does not understand her and will abuse her. I will also not sell her to a child or as a kid's horse as she can be unpredictable. Overall, she is a really sweet mare to be around and has a willing personality, she just has some quirks that need to be worked through slowly. She gets along fine in a run by herself or out with other horses. She is good for deworming, vaccines, farrier, baths, clipping, grooming, etc...