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Sadly we are looking for a new home for Polly. Polly is a beautiful traditional type welsh cob mare. Leg at each corner type. Sire and dam are known but she is not registered with WPCS. She is passported as 17 but our EDT thinks 18-20. She stands dead on 14.1hh without shoes.
She previously worked in a riding centre for approx. 5 years until it closed, and then ran up a mountain for a few years until the person I bought her from got her.
Polly was purchased last year and we had planned to keep her permanently. We bought her unseen and decided to put her in foal before she came home so my other mare’s foal had a play mate. She came to us being a bit touchy with her back legs. Nothing nasty, she doesn’t kick, she just was showing she didn’t want them touched. Having spoken to a previous owner who confirmed they never did anything with back feet, coupled with her being on a mountain for a few years we put it down to her simply needing them handled more. As she was in foal and not wanting to stress her out we didn’t push the situation too much. After foaling I started handling the back legs daily and it became clear that this wasn’t a simple case of not wanting them touched or being ticklish. Our farrier and vet confirmed it was due to being stiff in the back legs and so she had stretches done to help keep them supple while nursing her foal. She DOES NOT kick, she just gets fussy or stamps them. She isn’t on any veterinary medication. They are by no means terrible but there is stiffness there. I know our home is therefore not going to help to maintain them. She is fine to have her back hooves picked and the farrier trims her regularly without hassle. My problem is our land is quite high up, we have clay soil and it can be heavy going in the winter. Ideally she needs non clay land that is flatter to live on. It’s also been agreed that she probably would benefit from light regular exercise with a lightweight rider as well as living on more suitable ground. She is sadly too small for me to ride and I have no flat non clay land to keep her on permanently.
Although Polly hasn’t been ridden properly for a few years, my 7 year old has been put on her back a couple of times and she’s not batted an eyelid. Given the years of service she had at a riding centre she couldn’t have been too complicated.
From her shape it is obvious she’s had a few foals in her time but she is not available to a home for breeding. I would however consider a home where she is simply a companion if a riding home can’t be found.
She is fantastic to load, and I mean fantastic. She will load on and off a trailer all day.
Once she knows you she’ll do anything for you without questioning it. So far I’ve not found anything she’s been spooked by.
Will stand to be groomed all day.
Doesn’t care if a field companion goes off somewhere. Doesn’t scream/blast about etc.
Has very good manners on the ground.
Is good with traffic, have had big hay/straw lorries go by, tractors etc on narrow lanes.
She is brilliant with my 7 year old son who can be very loud and over exuberant around the horses. Doesn’t bat an eyelid.
She is fully up to date with all vaccines, farrier visits and dentist. She is also microchipped. Her passport is up to date with all info.
Lives on fresh air.
She is for available from the field, I’ve not got the facilities for trials. She is able to leave with her rugs, headcollars etc if needed. I’ve no tack available.
Any potential home will be vetted and references will be required. The home is more important than price. There is a nominal charge to the right home, or would consider a permanent/long term loan for her. No dealers, no timewasters, photo collectors etc. This is a hard decision as it is. She’s part of our family but it’s what’s best for her. If you’re thinking of getting a free/cheap horse to sell on for a few more £££ in a couple of weeks’ time please don’t contact me. If you want something to bomb about with, she’s not for you. If you want to breed, she’s not for you. Please message me if interested in giving Polly a long term/forever home either as a uncomplicated companion or or light hack.