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:
Ribhinn of Kirkcarrion 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 she went on from there to a new loan home who understood this situation and wanted 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.
NB I have not seen my pony since July 2012 and the loan home have now indicated they have no intention of purchasing so Ribhinn will beon the market but not until I have seen or had her assessed for suitability and fitness. I cannot currently provide recent photos or report on her ridden work in the last 2 years but am attempting to get this information and/or provide somewhere for her to be viewed in tne North of England by prospective purchasers as once home in Fife there is nobody to ride her for viewings/vetting. Please bear with me while I try and sort all this out.
Update August 2014 : Ribhinn has been moved to a trekking yard in Yorkshire for assessment by experienced Highland pony handler/rider. She has had her teeth sorted, a wolf tooth removed, and is awaiting the reinstatement of lapsed vaccinations. They will assess her under saddle over the next few weeks and let me know how she gets on. The loading issue from 2012 appears to be resolved and may have been simply Highland pony refusal to cooperate after multi-loading demands in transit south followed by reloading a week or so later. On collection, there was no requirement for sedation and 20 minutes waiting her out was all it took. I can't comment on the previous problems with any authority as I was not present. But there appears to be nothing major wrong, thankfully, at this point.