Sadly for sale - Prince William "Willy" 12 year old 14.2 hand gelding. When we purchased Willy we were told he was quarter pony, but our trainer thinks he may be Connemara or have some Connemara in him. Beautiful dark bay hunter type pony. He has sturdy legs, & great barefoot feet. He LOVES to be groomed and fused over. He doesn't even mind having his mane pulled or being body clipped ( he isn't fond of his ears being done, but you can if you are patient). He ties and cross ties, is always a gentleman to work around. He doesn't mind dogs, kids running around playing ball, or chickens. He trailers great, and is up to date on all of his shots and has a current coggins. He has a silly personality and he loves attention. He even bows. Willy is looking for a special home.
We think that he would love to be used for cross country, fox hunting or trail riding, would probably love competitive trails too.
We have owned Willy for a year and a half and he is sound and healthy. We bought Willy to be a hunter pony for our daughter, and in that lies the problem. Willy has made it clear to us that he doesn't want to be one. Even though he has all the looks and a super cute jump ( can easily jump a 2'9" course with ability to go higher) and is very quiet and cute on the flat. When we purchased Willy we were told that he had been used for some lessons and that he didn't want to be a lesson horse and that he needed to belong to one quiet handed rider. (As well as he had been a show pony ) My daughter easily fit that. When we bought Willy she was still riding and showing her medium pony. So Willy had lots of down time and light work along with some trail rides etc. Even though we continue to take Willy for rides in the fields and out on the trail as he got into more work this spring and on into the summer he has become more and more unhappy any time he has to go in the ring. We believe that he was used way to hard sometime in his life for ring work and he just flat out doesn't want to. My daughter takes him out in the fields and on the trail and he is super happy, but ask him to walk trot canter or jump in the ring and he isn't. Willy is happy to go out around the fields etc and not worry about the other horses, but he is a VERY social horse and loves to have company. He loves to be in a crazy schooling ring with lots of other horses and ponies, and isn't the least bit bothered. This is one of the reasons we think he would be great for fox hunting. He has great jumping ability and loves a crowd! Willy also knows how to neck rein.
When Willy came to us, he didn't know anything about the obstacles to show in trail class or how to set up and turn and back in hand for showmanship classes. But my daughter has worked hard with him learning these things and he has really enjoyed them. He can work a gate, back through obstacles,side pass etc. He is very smart, so learning these things that were totally new to him was fun. He will happily go in the ring and work on trail or showmanship. The showmanship skills have given him great manners when he is being lead etc.
Willy would be great for a smaller women and or a teenager who wants to only ride out and about! Willy is easy to ride and super to handle but he is not for a beginner because of how he can misbehave when he doesn't want to work in the ring.
It has been a very difficult decision for my daughter to sell him. She LOVES him, and his comical personality, but she also needs to have a horse that she can use in the ring as well as the trail. If you would like video or more pictures please let me know.
My daughter and Willy have qualified in showmanship for the State 4H Championship horse show in October in Harrisburg. It is an honor and privilege for them to represent their club and our county. I can't take that away from her, so while Willy is for sale now - please come and see him if you are interested, he won't be able to go to his new home until Monday October 28th. Thanks for understanding.