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Salli is a 12 year old (Born 2009), 15.2h Bay BLM Mustang Mare (Four Mile, Idaho HMA). While Salli is a Mustang, she was gathered and adopted out as a weanling so she is very comfortable and happy with domestic horse life! She is very nicely built, and gets compliments everywhere she goes.
Salli is trained in eventing, and does very well in the dressage scoring consistently in the low 30’s. She has a beautiful trot that always scores well.... (read more) She’s a very honest jumper and has always jumped everything I pointed her at from any distance – Up to a 3 foot oxer. She has competed up to Novice level with her previous owner (and had multiple wins), but I have only taken her Beginner Novice. She got 5th place in her first USEA horse trial last fall. With the right rider, she could be at the top of the leaderboard every time. She also has the potential to do well in just dressage, western dressage, Fox Hunting, or in show jumping.
Salli is more of a kick ride, but you never feel like you’re doing more work than she is. She’s just a touch on the lazy side, but once she’s moving out in front of your leg she will usually stay there and just go. She will pick up her pace a little in new places, and when it comes time to jump. But she is never fast nor out of control in any way. I would not recommend her for any kind of speed event as she really just does not like to go very fast.
Besides her eventing skills, she turns on the forehand and hindquarter, knows her leads, side passes, opens and closes gates under saddle, leg yields, she has dragged various objects, she’s been used to practice roping (on a dummy cow), and has pushed a ball around. She has very quick and easy simple lead changes, and is ready to learn flying changes. She has been started going bridleless as well and has been doing very well with it. She steers very well off of your leg with a neck rope to clarify if needed. She will down transition with a big breath out from her rider, or stop with a woah. She has been trail ridden in a group. I’ve dressed her up for Christmas with a big plastic red sheet and tying bells to her legs, and she’s been dressed up for Halloween as a mummy being completely wrapped in toilet paper and she didn’t mind it at all! She has a super fun personality and really loves people.
Salli does like her space away from other horses while under saddle, but has never done anything besides pin her ears at other horses as they go by. She has never attempted to kick or bite at them.
She is a boss mare type in the pasture. She wants to be in charge. She has been pastured with other horses without issue, but will be either the leader or one of the top horses. Has been pastured with many other mares and geldings. She has also been fine being pastured by herself. She is also fine with being in a stall part of the day or overnight as well.
She has fantastic ground manners and will stand tied (or cross-tied) all day. She’s been absolutely perfect for the vet, farrier, clipping, bathing, braiding, mane pulling, mounting, and deworming. She stands still for all of it and makes your job easy! My farrier loves her because she’s so easy to work on! She does wear front shoes.
She walks right into any trailer that I’ve ever asked her to get in, and will self-load in a straight load trailer. She’s very easy to catch, and she’s a super easy keeper, and she’s never been lame in the years that I’ve owned her.
As an added bonus, Salli was chosen as the 2021 Stone Horses Country Fair guest horse. Where the model horse company, Stone Horses, did feature videos on her and made a model horse of her! There were 70 copies of her model made, which was the best-selling guest horse model they’ve ever had.
Out of the many good qualities Salli has, like every horse, she isn’t perfect.
She does have Sweet Itch very badly. So if you live in an area with bugs, she has to be covered nose to tail in fly masks and a fly sheet. Without it she will rub open wounds on her belly, face, and flanks. And she will rub half her mane out. Even with the fly sheet she still manages to rub most of her mane out by the end of the fall. I am willing to send the ones I have for her now along with her.
She can spook (at nothing) in new places when she’s under saddle. But the spook is very small and has never been more than a couple of steps and then she re-focuses and will come right back. She does work out of it if you get after her a bit and tell her to stop. It’s more of her trying to see if you’re still in charge than it is her being actually spooky. She hasn’t done it at home in a very long time, so I think once she settled in to her new barn, she could be great for many levels of riders. I’ve put my lesson kid on her who is just learning to jump smaller fences, and she handled it perfectly. But that’s only in her home stable where she is comfortable. I also let a young rider take her to a show recently, and after they got through the couple of her testy moments in the warm-up, Salli was fantastic for her the rest of the day. I do think she enjoys being a lesson horse, and has the potential to do that as well. She has been to large busy venues like the Kentucky Horse Park and was completely unbothered by everything going on from the ground, even with 30mph winds blowing everything around, but with a rider on she gets just a little bit more testy and is really just looking for a true leader.
Because of this, I would NOT recommend her for a beginner rider in general. I would suggest a confident rider that is not bothered by her small spooks – an Intermediate rider in a program, or a more experienced rider. She has been ridden by an adult amateur the last 2 years.
Asking $8500 - Price negotiable to a good home. Price has been lowered and I am motivated to sell due to some life changes.
PPE welcome at buyers expense.
She is currently located at a lesson barn in Centerville, IN.
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