17HH TB 17yo bay gelding. Herbie has been with us for three years and we have had a lot of fun with him. We are looking for a new home simply because we need to make room for a pony for our children. A tough decision, especially as he is a gentleman of a horse to ride and be around in the stable. He is 17 years old now – too old to sell in our opinion – so we are just looking for a good home for him instead.
Before he came to live with us, he was in training as a racehorse (trained by my mum and so as a family, we know him well). Both my husband and I have enjoyed hacking him out at home, trail/drag hunting and the occasional trip to the beach or the downs. We have also ridden and lead my 4 year old son’s Shetland pony from him.
Herbie is happy to hack out alone as well as in company. We ride him in a snaffle bit and a normal GP saddle. He can be strong in canter, but nothing that a slightly stronger bit couldn’t sort out. He often jig jogs on the way home after going for a canter. He is often fresh when he has not been ridden for a while, but soon settles down after a good trot. He is comfortable jumping up to 3ft timber and hedges. I think he would do bigger, but we haven’t tried him over anything more challenging than that. He is a tall horse but not chunky and I would suggest that maximum weight his rider should be is 12-13stone. Comes without tack.
No serious health issues, although he is picky about food and keeping enough condition on him is a bit of a knack. We have him on Saracen’s Re-leve mix, topped up with Saracen’s Equi-jewel cubes, which he looks great on. When he was a racehorse, he suffered a tendon injury. However, this has not been a problem since he finished racing. Vaccinations are not up to date – only because we haven’t competed him for about 12 months. But prior to that they were all up to date.
Herbie would suit someone who would like a horse to hack out, hunt or compete. I think he would do well in unaffiliated competitions, particularly ROR classes – eventing, dressage, show jumping or showing. Herbie is happy to live out in the summer months, but in the winter he needs to come in at night. He doesn’t carry condition well, so needs plenty of food. We feed him three times a day when he is in work, with unlimited grass and hay between feeds.
https://rwequinevet.co.uk/contact/ Reuben Whittaker