For Sale Buttercup $3,000: Bottomline, Buttercup is a 16 year old a career large kids pony who goes English/Western and participates in trail, obstacle courses, gymkhana, and shows in English and Western. She’s been ridden by young kids most of her life but has tons of go that could be perfect for a 4H kid or competitive teen.
I’ve had Buttercup since April of 2013 and she has been an awesome horse/pony. She stands at 14.1 hands but is extremely stocky so that anyone can ride.... (read more) She uses FQHB saddles and is a versatile all-around horse. You . My daughter has ridden her bareback from the time she was 3 until now, as a 7-year-old.
As I mentioned, Buttercup rides and shows both English and Western. We’ve taken her to a few shows. Unfortunately, I am never on time. As a result, Buttercup walks immediately off the trailer, gets tacked up, and into the ring. We're lucky if we get a warm-up lap. Luckily, she's a steady girl and uou don’t have to lounge her. She calmly walks into the ring and does as asked. My daughter has also taken her over a few small jumps and she took them without hesitation. A local teen at our barn also took her over some legit jumps and Buttercup jumped as asked. She was curious as most of her life she has been a western horse but she seems to enjoy the new Hunter/Jumper side. Buttercup prefers riders to use their legs and seat rather than the bit but as the life of a kids horse that happens from time to time. My daughter usually rides in a bitless bridle, hackamore, bosal or a halter as a result. When she uses a bit, she wears a simple snaffle.
Buttercup excels as a trail horse and it is something that she loves. She will move out quickly and her fast pace can intimidate riders if they are not prepared. She doesn't break into a trot unless asked and you can slow her down. Buttercup can lead or follow on the trail and traffic doesn’t phase her. She does prefer going out in a group but will go out alone and does so without hesitation.
Buttercup has also tried her hand at the American Competitive Trail Horse Competition (ACTHA). She let my daughter maneuver through gates, open mailboxes, over bridges, over creeks and even will stand up on a pedestal. Buttercup also participated in a parade. She was indifferent to the bedazzling, decorative garb and flags flying all around her. She has been bred before but it was before I bought her and don’t have any info on what type of mother she is. She is easy to catch and is usually at the gate waiting for me.
I’ve always been told that every horse has flaws, it just depends on if you can live with them. I think it is important to list her weaknesses to potential buyers so you can decide if she if her flaws are what you can live with or easily worked on with your trainer. Buttercup prefer children riders. It has nothing to do with her size as she is a well-built stocky mare. My guess is the kids don’t keep her accountable if she tests them and yes, she is a horse and will test from time to time. Usually the testing consists of stopping next to the parent in the ring and making the kid under saddle kick her a few times to make her go. Sometimes even riding with a crop will fix this. Buttercup does not clip. I’m sure if someone works with her or maybe even twitches her then you could get it done; however, it was never a necessity for me. She isn't a big fan of the trailer. She does fine in stock trailers, okay in slant load trailers, but isn't a fan of my new straight load trailer. She is indifferent whether they are ramp or step up. Luckily as mentioned, once she’s on the trailer she will walk off quietly and calmly and doesn't require lounging or even warm-up before she is ridden. She ground ties like a champ, cross ties, and ties to a hitching post. She's from Utah and Vegas where we had hitching posts.
So, with all the great things about Buttercup, why are we selling her you ask? There are few reasons. The first is my daughter wants something smaller. She has fallen off a few horses, including Buttercup once and she only wants to ride something smaller. She decided a fall from a shorter pony doesn't hurt as bad.
The bottom-line is Buttercup is an extremely versatile horse. She will happily stay at the walk and babysit a small child or she will accelerate with an aggressive experienced rider. Buttercup is a bit older but has tons of miles left in her in whatever you want to do. A good home is a must. It breaks my heart to sell her and will only sell to a good home who will love her. At any time, the buyer wants to sell her I will request to buy her back.
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