NB: All potential buyers are expected to view in person, sales over the internet will not be agreed without you meeting the pony as I strongly believe in a "click" with the right combination and over 20 years of breeding I have only ever experienced post-sale or post-loan bad experiences for myself, the pony and/or the purchaser/loaner when there has not been a personal viewing. Most ponies sold from here after a viewing are still in the same home, some more than 10 years later and that is what I want for every foal bred here. I am looking for homes for life and am completely open about the pros and cons of any pony's potential for a clearly stated purpose. There is no pressure to purchase during a viewing, I'd rather you said no than took the wrong pony for your needs, experience level and preferences. Please also note I do not generally consider offers of export sales, particularly not for foals.
The following ponies are available to suitable experienced homes - all very different and described including pros and cons to aid your selection of the right pony:
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Lochie would suit an experienced/performance home as he is a very inquisitive chap and enjoys having lots to see and do but is at the age of trying things on occasionally. He is nosey, friendly, easy to catch and lead etc. Will be a lifelong buddy for someone wanting to get out and ride, spend time and attention on him and enjoy a slightly in-your-face personality but he might be too much personality for a complete novice who'd let him walk all over them and develop bad habits which wouldn't be tolerated here! He spent nearly a year at Blacks stables in Shandon, Argyll just north of Glasgow where he was turned away to mature after initial pre-backing work in autumn 2012. Returned off loan and was lightly backed in early summer 2013 but is now back in Fife and available for £1850 to a suitable home where backing and riding away can be completed. He has not been hacked due to lack of lead pony and suitable space either here or where he was backed so potential purchasers must have relevant experience and confidence to bring on.
Ribhinn of Kirkcarrion rising 12yo yellow dun mare
Just backed in 2010 after having an unplanned foal in Feb 2009 and pretty much living the life of reilly before that in a herd environment, Ribhinn took easily to her new career, hacking out in company at walk trot and canter, going first or last and just starting to go solo by the time she was turned away for winter. The people backing her reported that she would probably suit a mother/daughter combination (or indeed his/hers share) as she appears quite laid back but has a forward going trot so should be quite versatile.
Ribhinn sadly suffered from what appeared very mild sweet itch from the age of 2-8, which was almost entirely controlled by use of a specialist rug. In 2010 she was up near Aberfeldy all summer being ridden and barely rubbed at all there and has not done so at all since her return home in November 2010 despite having midges here and another pony that rubbed while here! The vet says that her allergy was likely related to the forestry field she grazed during that period and is some other insect or plant found there but it is no longer appears to be simply midge saliva. Sadly I can't vouch for the cause definitively and would just prefer a coastal, hilly or otherwise less forested environment. She is a much loved homebred mare with a lovely nature eg she travelled for the first time as a yearling in my former 7.5 tonne lorry on her own from Fife to Oatridge for a judges seminar to be a showing guinea pig. Not only did she load and unload, and behave like a mature pony in the ring, she stood on the lorry for the rest of the day while I came and went. She also won the yearling filly class at the Central Scotland Highland Pony Show and the prize for best filly 1-3yo, so could be produced for showing but would take some work to keep trim as she tends to crestiness if not allowed to drop condition in winter.
She is ok to travel in a lorry or a trailer also, but sometimes used to require a little patience or a bucket of food to tempt her in as she once had a difficult experience with a 3.5 tonne lorry that swayed badly. Travelling in company of another calm traveller has sorted this out and she has more recently acted as the calm nanny for a first time traveller in a rear facing wee Trekka lorry which I was thrilled to see so I anticipate she will be fine unless given another bad experience.
I am only asking £2500 for this mare due to the unspecified allergic condition. She is a super pony and a delight to be around and would be a joy to anyone willing to manage her properly with rugs, cream etc if their area provokes the rubbing again, and ensuring her weight/fitness is maintained at optimum levels. She has not had laminitis and should not be left to get it by overgrazing/underwork hence my making her available on loan to a ridden home.
Update: sadly when travelling from Fife to Lancashire to a loan home, she went from loading in a few minutes to being unwilling to reload in the lorry at the third time of asking in around 24 hours. She then loaded fine in a trailer to travel the final few miles but subsequently refused to load in either a lorry or trailer without sedation. This may be injury related to her journey or just down to bad experience and stress in transit but now she is settled in a new loan home who understand this situation and are enjoying her as a family riding pony. As a result I can not now vouch for her as 100% to load however and any prospective purchaser is advised that she may not now be suitable for frequent travel to events and competitions. Hence price reduced to £2000ono
May be available for right homeEllister Islay Sea Princess rising 7yo cream dun mare
With breeding operations suspended for 2 seasons it made sense to get Islay backed and offer her for sale. I am delighted to report that she took to the backing process very fast and was hacking out alone (with a walking companion for road sections but who can't keep up with her on foot after that!) and at all paces within a month. She was turned away for winter and has not been in ridden work since due to circumstances. I am not desperate to sell her as she can be bred to my stallion when required, but I thought she'd enjoy more ridden work at present while not required for breeding and my guess is that she'd be a great allrounder before long. Islay is not the biggest pony and will almost certainly remain under 14'0 at maturity - she is 13'2 at present. She would be a lovely forward going and well mannered hack for a small adult or enthusiastic teenager, someone that wants to ride alone or in company, or show at local/county level where she would be in the smalls ridden breed classes. £2300ovno
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