Meet Shiloh. She is approximately 14 years old (no papers, her age was estimated by our vet when we bought her at about 6 years old) and about 15.1 hh (I haven’t put a tape to her in a couple of years), stunning, brown and white paint mare. We have had her for 8 years.
Shiloh was sold to us by a horse trader in 2013 as a grade, paint quarter horse. We have since had her DNA tested through Texas A&M University Genetics Lab Genotyping and Breed Test and found that her first level is Peruvian Paso, followed by Holsteiner, and then Hanoverian. What we have learned about her in 8 years of loving, owning, riding, and training her is that she is a beautiful paint mare that will do just about anything you ask of her, and she has a special 4th gait. We, sadly, are selling her because we need sell our ranch to spend more time traveling to our children and grandchildren who will all be living on two different coasts than we will have time to ride and care for horses. This is very difficult for us and she will only go to a home with love and other horses and excellent knowledge of horsemanship and understanding for these magnificent animals.
When we purchased her, we put her into professional training for 120 days and we have continued her training through desensitizing, riding, working in hand and under saddle, training children and non-riders on her, and following up with tune ups and positive reinforcement training. She has been in the show arena under saddle, in rail classes and in horsemanship classes. She will go over a bridge, travel through any water (and she loves to play in it), walk right over downed trees, cross a teeter totter bridge, walk right over a snake on a trail, open any gate, walk on tarps, lope along the beach, and the kids tie a sled to her with driving gear in the snow and she pulls them around. Shiloh will load herself into any trailer and travel many miles with no issues. She pastures with mares or geldings and doesn’t have any “mare-ish” problems. We have been caught in rainstorms with her on trails, heavy mud, rocks, caves, bluffs, and pastures with deer, turkey, cows, and longhorns. She is used to being around dogs, cats, farm equipment, walks alongside a Gator, cars don’t bother her, walked on a road with cars and motorcycles passing her. She has been trailed with strollers, bikes, hikers, and runners. She has been in Halloween contests dressed up in ridiculous costumes and doesn’t blink an eye.
Shiloh, likely from some amount of gaited heritage from the Peruvian Paso in her, has a 4th gait. Her walk is slow and steady and on a trail. She will lead, follow, or be somewhere in the middle. She also walks out on her own and will stay right on the trail, or you can take her off the trail for an unknown adventure and blaze your own path. We have used her for several horse search and rescues for friends and she will move through the woods in any direction asked. She has a standard trot, but her most comfortable ride is a smooth flat foot gait that moves at a nice, slow trot type pace. Her lope is a soft, smooth, slow rocking horse lope. We have done extensive camping with her throughout Missouri, she has been to Shawnee National Forest twice, and she has been to the Smokey Mountains.
She is trained to drop to a slower gait with a simple hum. She will neck rein and move off leg pressure. She backs with a leg queue, side passes, pivots, and I have trained with her riding with leg pressure only and leaving the reins rest on the horn of the saddle. She will stop when asked even with a back up if you want that (we do that with the little kiddos a lot for practice). Shiloh is a great all-around horse; I would NOT let her go to anyone who wants to run speed with her; that just isn’t who she is, and I don’t want her worked in that way (she isn’t very fast anyway). She doesn’t mind cows; we have gone on many camping trips where we have had the pleasure of riding up to them and running around with them.
Shiloh also is an easy keeper. If you leave her in a pasture 24/7 she will eat until she is huge. We pasture her 12 hours and move her to a dry lot 12 hours to help keep her weight in control. She would also do well half day on pasture and half in an outside stall or run-in shed. There is one medical need Shiloh has; she has a dust allergy. She cannot be on a round bale and should not be inside of a dusty barn in a stall. It can make her cough. If she is given square bales, they should be washed down with water. During allergy season, if she does show signs of having a reaction, we put her on a maintenance dose of Tri-Hist until it passes.
We keep her in front shoes only because of the extensive trail riding we do, and Missouri is pretty rocky in many places we go. I have Cavello trail boots for her back feet when I know we are going somewhere rocks will be an issue. She has gone without shoes when we were primarily doing arena and pasture riding, but front shoes are a must for on the trails to keep her feet in excellent condition. She stands with no issues for the farrier. I would sell the Cavello trail boots for half of what I paid for them if the right buyer for her wants them.
She will stand forever to be groomed, braided, bathing, and just being fussed with. When friends visit that have a child or non-riding adult that wants to ride a horse, she is our “go to” horse. She will either stand and wait for you or come to you in the pasture. She comes into the barn twice a day for a little bit of grain and we handle her daily. You tap on the back of her hoof and she picks up her feet for cleaning/picking. She loves to be fed treats like apples, carrots, apple nuggets, peppermint.
I also have all of Shiloh’s tack, saddle pad, and blankets that I am willing to sell, as well as customized name plates if you are interested.
Shiloh will only go to a home that wants a forever horse and that has the knowledge and means to care for her in the manner that we have all these years. We live in House Springs, MO on 18 acres with an outdoor arena and round pen to work and continue training with our horses.
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