"Doodle" is a 13.2h, 12-14yr dark dappled palomino Welsh Pony Cross mare. She has been a cherished family pet, who has taught many children how to ride and care for a horse. She is very safe on the ground and in the saddle, and also very responsive. She appreciates soft aids and will go forward easily when asked. Her only "vice" under saddle is grabbing a snack along the trail and maybe even stopping for some grass if she has a weak rider. When ridden by a stronger, confident younger person or small adult, this behavior goes away quickly. She just has to understand she cannot get away with it a few times and then she won't try anymore. She has been ridden pretty regularly for the last 2 years, and has been used for children's lessons teaching children walk/trot/canter transitions and how to properly guide a horse. Doodle is very safe on the ground and easy to catch in a pasture. She is comfortable having a large group of children grooming her all at once, she is safe around dogs, loud golf carts, other horses, and trail obstacles. Her current owner is a Natural Horsemanship Trainer/Clinician who owns many different obstacles used in his clinics, so she has been ridden on and through all of these easily by children (pedestals, car washes, squeezes, tarps, barrels, bridges, etc.). Doodle trailers like a dream, bathes, ties, fly sprays, blankets, picks up her feet and stands for the farrier, and stands quietly for tacking up. She is pretty unflappable and very quiet even in new surroundings or around a lot of chaos. Currently, she is ridden in just a rope hackamore both in the arena and out of trails. Doodle can be ridden in an English or Western saddle or bareback. She has not learned to rate her speed like a Western Pleasure horse, but can go either way. She has been ridden by children and small adults on many trails and is comfortable and confident around traffic, bicycles, skaters, other horses, dogs, signs, tight squeezes, water, etc. She is not spooky, and prefers to follow the other horses. She has great conformation with a stout thick frame for her size. She has wonderful, hard black hooves, and a very thick mane and tail. She pastures well with other horses from minis to several 16.2h geldings in her pasture, and actually keeps mostly to herself in a pasture setting. Doodle is a VERY easy keeper and is currently on Nutrena LiteBalance and T&A hay. Doodle's owner is finding her a new home to downsize his herd and find a larger horse for his daughter. He is looking to find Doodle a GREAT new home. Doodle deserves a family to call her own and continue enjoying her. Vet checks welcome.
P.S. - You'll notice that her coat looks several different colors in the pictures. Her coat fades tremendously in the sun, but the more shade that she has in the summer, the more vibrant and dark her coat is, displaying those gorgeous dapples. In the winter, she gets a very thick coat, turns a mousy, tan color and her dapples disappear.
An experienced, natural horsemanship home is a MUST. Vet, farrier, and personal references required.
Company / Facility:
Quest Horsemanship -
"Natural Horsemanship" Training specializing in gently starting horses under saddle and positive improvement of "problem" horses. We work with all breeds and all disciplines of horses, and any age student focusing on the foundational building blocks