Andalusian x TB, Home-bred Gelding, 5 years old

Beau is my beautiful 5 yr old Andalusian x TB homebred gelding

Dam - He is out of a very sane, sound, sensible and pretty 16hh TB mare with good paces. I owned Sky for 12 years and used to do a little dressage with her. I am friends with the lady who loaned and now owns her. Sire - Ribamontan, Andalusian - a stunning horse with a temperament to die for. He is currently competing in medium level dressage; see details http://www.balinmorestud.com/ribamontan.htm

I was privileged to be at the birth of Beau and handled him daily from the start.He has never kicked, bucked or bitten (other than occasional nips as a foal). He lived with his mother and 2 other mares until he was 3.5 yrs old and was weaned naturally by about 18 months old.

Beau shows the typical Andalusian qualities of being highly trainable and forms a strong bond with the people he trusts. He generally likes people but can be sensitive to loud brash males, especially in the stable - he would just try to escape.

He has no stable vices, lives out during summer and is stabled during the winter with daily turnout. He has been kept bitless & barefoot all his life and his feet are currently in excellent condition, although he has been fitted for and worn front boots.

Last year he was gently backed over many months, starting with lots and lots of groundwork to help him to balance himself before I got on board. I had expert help but I was the jockey in spite of no previous experience of backing, but I did know and trust my horse and he took it all in his stride without putting a foot wrong.

He has hacked out with someone on the ground as well as with another horse and was very sensible in traffic although he hasn't been exposed to busy roads.

He hasn't been ridden since November last year, apart from a handful of occasions in March when I reintroduced the saddle and Dr Cook's bridle and got back on him without any outside help. He was a perfect gentleman. However, due to unforeseen circumstances I didn't continue riding him and he is currently enjoying the summer to mature a little more.

For the last 18 months I have used clicker training with him which he has taken to really well and I feel it's made all the difference in getting that connection with a horse that many of us seek. Amongst other things, he has learned to put his head into his bridle or head collar and line himself up with the mounting block. He has also been taught to lower his head if he is anxious and also for brushing and bridling.

He is used to large farm machinery, is very comfortable in indoor schools, and used to poles on the ground and a very small jump. He's not a spooky horse; in fact he is brave and inquisitive. He can be a little stubborn but he's also sensible, affectionate, gentle and playful - a really loveable character.

He hasn't had much practice loading but we have moved yards 3 times and each time he has loaded calmly into a wagon and travelled like a superstar. He has also been very quick to settle into his new surroundings but prefers a quieter area, without too much coming and going, and a regular routine.

Currently he is up to date with dentist, vaccinations and worming as well as being micro-chipped and passported. He's never had any major health or soundness issues and has had regular Bowen treatments to keep his back in good health whilst growing and adjusting to being backed.

He is absolutely my dream horse and I am so proud to have bred him, which I did in the hope that I would be a more confident rider, but sadly that is not the case. I also have health issues that prevent me being able to be consistent with the time I spend with him. I just don't feel that I can offer Beau the life he deserves with the partner he deserves. And he is too young to spend the rest of his life as just a pet. He is such a good learner and would love to have someone to spend more time with him and develop a really strong relationship. He looked after me when we backed him (including standing still when an RAF jet flew so low overhead that I could almost touch it!) and I feel he would continue to be the type of horse that would take care of his rider.

I am looking for the perfect forever metal-free home for this fabulous horse. I would consider all options of loaning or selling and would ideally like to stay in touch with his new person.

2950 ono including a Sue Carson dressage saddle with Cair Panels and a Dr Cook Bitless bridle and a selection of rugs.

Stabled in Ilkley, West Yorkshire

Contact Lynne

lynnehockney@hotmail.co.uk or 07919 895372
 
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