What times do you have available to show horses? I do have help with the riding and showing of horses so we have appointment times during the week and limited weekends available.
What is your sales policy? I operate on a first come first serve basis to appropriate qualified homes. I do my absolute best not to pick favorites and honor the first come policy. Essentially what that means is that I do not hold horses. Horses are available until they are paid for in full. If vetting is actually set up (scheduled with day/time) we will hold for that vetting if within a five day time frame. We continue to show the horses until the vetting is complete and payment is made. There are many reasons that people may pass on a horse during a vetting and another customer may be perfectly happy with the results of the said vetting. It is also common that people back out of vettings or simply change their mind before a vetting which is why we do not take horses off the market. That does mean a horse may be sold to someone who buys the horse sight unseen before your appointment to come and see it. I will always let you know before you make a drive out to my farm if a horse is sold. I do my best to notify everyone right away that a horse is sold. I realize it can be frustrating to have a horse sold that you wanted to come and see but many of mine do sell to buyers who are comfortable with the buying sight unseen process. If you have any questions please let me know. I like to say that there are always more horses and if I sell one you are interested in then I will do my best to find you another one!
Once we have agreed to move forward with a ppe it should be set up for within 5 business days.
The buyer has 2 business days at max to decide if they are proceeding with the sale after the conclusion of the ppe. A quicker response is greatly appreciated as horses often have a line.
A non refundable deposit of $200 once the ppe is scheduled will hold the horse for you through the vetting. This simply means I will not sell the horse outright or have a sooner ppe set by someone else while we are waiting for yours. The deposit will be applied to the price of the horse. This is a non refundable deposit, so in the event you decide not to proceed with the sale or ppe for any reason it will not be returned.
You can chose not to put down a deposit while waiting for the ppe however, that means someone else might decide to purchase the horse outright before your vetting.
What payment methods do you accept: I take paypal, venmo, cashiers check and wire. Personal checks on a limited basis and must clear before horses leave.
Do you have a list of vets in your area? I am in Delaware and they aren't as many vet practices as in larger areas but I do have a list of vets and you are welcome to have your own vet come if they are in the area where they can travel to me. All the vets do digital xrays. Most are very comfortable vetting for customers who can't be present for the vettings. They typically will do the flexions, lunging, etc and then call to discuss the results before proceeding to anything else.
Choptank Equine (MD) 1-410-429-7347
Unionville Equine (PA) 610-932-6800
Equine Veterinary Care (fairhill, MD) 410-392-6646
Do you ship or have a list of shippers? We do ship within a 3-4 hour range and can often do longer trips depending on the schedule. I have many shipping contacts and can also help you get shipping set up. I have many horses that ship long distances. I will hold the horses for a week at no cost while shipping is arranged but after that it is $25 a day until horse is picked up.
We have a 7 day pick up policy after your payment has been made. We have a very busy barn with limited space and are unable to hold horses past seven days. There is a $25 a day fee for anything that needs to stay past the 7 days post purchase.
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Feminista-4yr 15.3 h mare sired by Lookin at Lucky out of a Pleasant Tap mare https://www.pedigreequery.com/feminista7 I have absolutely loved all my horses by this sire. I find they have amazing brains, move and jump well. Feminista has run over fences and on the turf. Her last race was just a few days ago. Her trainer said this mare is an absolutely fantastic jumper and she jumps beautiful but she wasn't great at jumping and running together so then they tried the turf. She tried hard but just wasn't anything special. She is retiring sound and has no injuries. She is a cribber.
She has been absolutely lovely to work around. Great to ship. Stands in the cross ties. Good for clippers, mane pulling, grooming and baths.
It poured recently so everything is wet but she really showed off some super lovely movement. I bet she is going to blow us away under tack. I just love the way she goes with a great hind leg and she really has such nice push. She also appears to really like water as she tried to lay down in the puddle :)
She has a super sweet personality and is very easy to work around considering how fit she is having just run. I bet she will really fill out quickly.
We only had a brief amount of time to do her first ride but we just figured she was going to be easy. I am telling you horses by this sire are just so easy in my experience. She was just so relaxed and quiet. Hard to believe she ran just a few days ago. She happily went around on the buckle or in a bit of a shape. She was just so rideable. Stacy asked her to soften up a bit and she really started to figure it out. She has a fantastic canter! Her trainer said she has a super jump which I bet she does with that canter. We hope to pop her out into the field soon and jump some xc jumps with her. The brain on her can't be beat. Just super trainable and sensible. Really nice mover!
Treasure Seeker- 5yr 16.1 h mare sired by Treasure Beach out of Langfuhr mare https://www.pedigreequery.com/treasure+seeker5 If you showed me a picture of her, I would not have been able to identify her breeding :) Her trainer always takes fantastic care of her horses but this mare is a chonker! She has owned her and trained her for the past several years.
She looks way more like a QH type. She is tall but she really doesn't appear to be 16.1 as she is compact with a short back and thicker body. She is retiring sound, no injuries and has no vices.
She got her feet done yesterday and I think she will only move a bit better after adjusting to her new shoes but it is a big improvement. She stood quietly to be tacked. Good at the mounting block. She was forward thinking in the first 5 minutes of her ride but then took a breathe and settled right in. By the end she was reaching way down and getting a good stretch! Amazing the difference in the start to the finish in just a short first ride. This mare is super smart and very willing. Love her work ethic. She seems very sensible and she was pretty quiet after the first few minutes she become more of a leg ride. You need to support her with some leg to really push her through the bridle as she is a shorter necked type of horse.
She took our WIDE saddle which was worn by my connemara cross and used on our beefcake horses if that tell you anything. She is absolutely like riding a couch. Super comfy canter.
I think she makes a really cute shape in her body and will come along quickly.
She has been great for shipping, grooming, baths and the farrier.
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Loves Misery- 5yr 16.2 h mare sired by War Dancer out of a Forest Danger mare https://www.pedigreequery.com/loves+misery When I saw this mare I was just instantly drawn to her eye. Just such a soft beautiful eye and the rest of the package was equally as nice. She retired from the track in January after 23 starts. However, her owner wanted to try again so she went back into the track but the trainer convinced them she wasn't going to be competitive enough to try again. She is sound, no injuries and no vices. She is simply stunning and oh so sweet.
She has just really enjoyed all her glam sessions. Clippers, grooming, baths, etc. Stands very quiet in the cross ties. Great to ship. Just super quiet and easy to work around. Stood very quietly to be tacked up and was great for mounting on her first ride.
While I loved this mare in the free area, I suspected she was going to be super fancy to ride and boy was she all of that! When a first ride goes like this you get darn excited. Just the way this mare uses her hind end and the push from behind that pushes up the neck and back gives a great feeling. I always find I am trying to buy the most uphill horses I can find with good shoulders and sloping hind ends which give you this lovely movement. She has a super engine and a lot of power without being a hot ride. I will say she is a big powerful type of horse so she would not be for someone who is going to try to choke back this power and movement. Her canter is equally as lovely! Big uphill with a super good hind leg. She has so much reach already for a horse right off the track. We showed the walk at the end of the video the best we could.
She was very professional and went right to work. She seems like the type of mare that has that great work ethic we crave. Just very business like in her way of going. I think she is more of the upper level type that is going to enjoy staying in work and having a consistent job.
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Mo Crazy Blues- 5yr 16.1 h gelding sired by Laoban out of a Freud mare. His dam's name is crazy catlady so perhaps he was meant to come here lol. https://www.pedigreequery.com/mo+crazy+blues
Mo's former trainer is a friend who has sold me nice horses. She reached out and said his current trainer was looking to rehome him and thought he was my type. She said he was always a lovely sound horse with a great attitude. He has no injuries or vices. He did appear to have kicked in the trailer and was stepping on the clip of a hind shoe which we pulled off. He will be seeing the farrier soon.
He is a very athletic horse that is even prettier in person. So far he has been great for shipping, baths, groom, stood great for pictures and was super adorable in the free area.
Mo had the past few days to relax and it finally cooled off a little bit although we had torrential rain that flooded everything this morning. Nothing like doing first post track rides with a lake in the ring but hey you discover if they like water quite fast Mo stood quietly to be tacked, mounted and then just casually strolled around the ring checking out all the water. He had a fantastic walk! I really loved the way this horse is built and how he went in the free but I found him even nicer under saddle.
He quickly started to loosen up and stretch through his topline as he went showing some lovely trot work and boy does he have a nice canter. What is just so nice about this horse is that he is very relaxed and extremely rideable. Just really easy to ask him the questions and he tries so hard to please. He makes such a good shape in his body and his balance is quite nice.
It can be tough to ride with that much water everywhere but he didn't seem to be bothered a little bit. He was just so relaxed about everything. Just love his brain! He will be seeing the farrier tomorrow and I suspect he will be a lot happier with new shoes.
Carrickmacross- 3yr 16.2 h gelding sired by Danza out of a Mr. Greely mare https://www.pedigreequery.com/carrickmacross3 I have just loved the Danza offspring so much. He is an offspring of Street Boss who is just a favorite of mine for sport horses. My friend saw this horse at the track and was just super impressed with him encouraging me to buy him so of course I did. He just shipped down late yesterday. He last raced a week ago. He has six starts and was simply slow. No injuries and has no vices.
This horse is just stunningly beautiful. He is a gorgeous liver chestnut with big ears and a beautiful eye. I think he is pretty massive in terms of size both height and body for a 3yr but typically this breeding are nice size horses. He has nice feet as well!
Our free area was being worked on so we just took him out to do a quick ride. I am sorry he is sweaty in the pics/video but it is brutally hot here even at 10am. We are keeping everything short and sweet.
He got clipped for clean up this morning, mane pulled, bath, etc and was great. Stood nicely in the cross ties for tacking up. He was a little leary once Stacy climbed up on the mounting block and to be honest today wasn't too hot to even care. I just gave her a leg up. He wasn't silly just needed a few minutes and with the heat/bugs that is not practical today lol.
This horse is fancy! For having just raced a week ago what an impressive horse. Just such a lovely mover. Great length of neck and really just makes a pretty shape. He quickly figured out how to go forward/straight and start to stretch. Smart boy! We popped over a pole to help the balance going into the right canter and he was like oh poles no big deal. You can tell this horse has the Danza brain! He is big but so balanced for his age/size. He is just smart and really lets you ride him. Was quick to pick up everything being asked. As nice as he was today, I suspect he is even nicer in a few days when he has a chance to rest and it's not so hot.
Bliss This- 4yr 16.1+ h gelding sired by Divining Rod out of a Luftikus mare https://www.pedigreequery.com/bliss+this
You can tell when they have been raised up well. Bliss acts like a seasoned show horse. Stands quietly getting cleaned up by two people. Grooming, mane pulling, clippers, cross ties, baths, etc. Just all no big deal. He has been lovely to work around. Settled right in to turnout. Very relaxed in his stall. No vices or issues. Lovely feet!
When Bliss arrived he had just raced and he was super fit. He was a bit exuberant at times during his first several rides (nothing naughty but he just didn't know where to put the energy) but then as most do he started to settle into life on the farm. He has now transitioned to a much quieter ride. Funny thing is now he can be a bit behind the leg and you have to remind him to keep going :)
Bliss has had several rides in the ring and out in the field. What I really love about this horse is that is big but short backed and compact. He takes up a ton of leg. He has a lot of power and is a great mover with a super canter. His balance is so lovely and he has a fantastic canter. The engine is just right under you. He can really sit down and push. He makes a very natural shape in the bridle without needing a lot of help from the rider. He is naturally in a good shape and has a soft mouth. He is more whoa than go but he does have an engine and is a bigger mover with a big jump.
Bliss was introduced to jumping today and there are some horses that just have "it" from jump #1 and he is one of them. He just really makes such a lovely shape over a fence using his back and is super with the front and hind end. He is quiet off the ground which leads to some power! He really impressed us for a first intro to jumps. When they jump like this you need to take notice because it only gets better from here!
I think he could even do quite well in the hunter ring with his jump and way of going. He is so trainable with a great brain!
Cherry's Cross- 5yr 16.3 h gelding sired by Anthony's Cross (Indian Charlie) out of Kittens Joy mare https://www.pedigreequery.com/cherrys+cross He retired sound with no vices. He does have an old bow that happened as a 3yr.
Cherry has just been one of those horses that is a true pleasure to have in the barn and to ride. He dealt with some foot soreness upon arrival, some soreness from a big rub on his hind end and some other random stuff but he was coming right along. Then he got a bit funky up front and we were like mmm what is happening here and he blew a big abscess out the right front coronary band. It has went from dry to nothing but rain so tiz the abscess season. Best thing to do is push it all the way out so he has been doing some light work to help it resolve.
Cherry is just one of those horses that we find gets along with so many different riders. You can ride him on the buckle or on the contact and he will go around the same. He is really starting to find his balance and be able to push from behind better each ride. This horse has amazing work ethic and just always comes out happy to do his job. He has an absolutely fantastic canter! He is a big mover and while he has a fantastic brain he is a big horse with a lot of power so not for a beginner type.
He had his second jump session and really learned from his first. He was starting to figure out how to trot into the base and use both the front and the back end this time :) He has a ton of scope but sometimes with this big horses they have to figure out where all the parts go. He seems to really love jumping and he ended cantering a few fences which were so nice!
Cherry is great in the barn. Super for all the things! Clipping, baths, grooming, farrier, etc. He is just very laid back. The only thing I can say about him is that he does get very excited about turnout time and he prefers to be the first out of the barn.
Clemenza- 6yr 16.1 h gelding sired by Malibu Moon out of a Harlan's Holiday mare https://www.pedigreequery.com/clemenza5 Clemenza raced 19x making just over $100k. He is retiring sound with no injuries and no vices.
I think people seek out Malibu Moon babies for exactly the reason we loved him. This horse just rocks around the jumps! He has been absolutely lovely on the flat and has jumped a few times at home over some low jumps just so quiet and relaxed. He is brave, willing and just plain fun! This horse is just one that does his job and asks what is next. He is quiet, sane and safe. He is uphill and his flatwork is quite lovely for just a few weeks post track.
Today we took him XC schooling to our new XC schooling facility that we have built 20 min from my farm. Now this horse has only been off the track about two weeks or so and he was just so perfect you would think he had been doing this before. Got off the trailer and stood quietly eating grass. Stood quietly waiting for the other horse to get tacked up. Walked, trotted and cantered around confidently. I don't think he even batted an eye at any jump he was asked to jump today. We really didn't think he would jump some of the bigger ones but he was so confident and relaxed we went ahead and jumped some BN fences. He just got better as he went around.
He happily stood while the other horse schooled and went away from his friend as well. He stood quietly on the trailer while we schooled a 2nd set. This horse is just one that I think anyone would want to bring along. He is so classy!
Zuko- 3yr 16.1 h gelding sired by Constitution out of an Orb mare https://www.pedigreequery.com/zuko4 I quite liked the breeding on this lovely horse and I thought he was put together well. Zuko did have registered works so he is RRP eligible. No soundness issues, injuries or vices.
He has been great about standing in cross ties, grooming, the wash stall and all that good stuff. He has such a fun personality and is just a big goof. He loves to play with toys and everything goes in his mouth but not in a biting way just loves to play with everything.
He stood up so beautiful for his pictures just very much look at me type of horse! I think he is put together so well. He also has such nice feet which I noticed right away.
He stands perfect at the mounting block. Zuko is extremely quiet to ride but he is a horse that is content to just plod along if you let him. He lacked a forward button upon arrival and we have installed one but I do think he needs a rider who won't be afraid to remind him that he is NOT a western pleasure horse. This horse is not spooky and he is extremely brave. He doesn't care about tractors, weed whackers, other horses or any other sort of chaos going on around him. He hacks out in the field. He is the same horse even after a week off. He is just a very laid back type.
He has really taken to jumping and is just braver than most 3yrs should be to the jumps. He had jumped in the xc field and in the ring and simply doesn't hesitate to pop right over anything. He quietly trots in and canters away.