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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This is one exceptional youngster! Check out his first ride video :)
Wontcatchhimtoday- 3yr 16h gelding sired by Lea out of a Rockport Harbor mare https://www.pedigreequery.com/wontcatchhimtoday I think we are calling him Catcher because we are bad with barn names. This cute was a 20k 2yr purchase but he didn't show much talent. He ran 4x retiring sound with no injuries and no vices. He just raced on 2/14.
I thought he was quite lovely in the free area but sometimes they just don't quite focus when let to run around on their own. I truly think riding them gives them a bit of structure and allows for a better evaluation.
Catcher had a few days to just settle into the new routine and he really has taken a breath. He stood very nicely in the barn alone to be groomed/tacked up. We did lunge him just for a few minutes as he is a young horse who hadn't yet seen the riding ring. He lunged very nicely and was quite relaxed for it. He stood nicely at the mounting block.
Catcher is a horse that is just built the right way to make the shape on his own which is something I always hope to find. You can see that she is just soft and he is sitting right there because his neck comes out beautiful already. He is the type of horse that you can just put your leg on, ride forward and he floats around like showing off. Hard to believe that he isn't even 3yrs old yet (turns 3 in April). The hind leg on this horse and natural reach is just lovely. He has a ton of suspension and push from behind. He is so balanced, light and athletic. He has three quality gaits. He reach of the hind leg in the canter is rather impressive. He just already has such an ability to sit down having raced a week ago.
We all were just very blown away by this horse. That being said he is a very very athletic type of horse that is more of the sensitive type that requires someone with a skill set of being soft and allowing him to go forward. He is still a bit fit and easily can get out from under you due to his athletic nature. He didn't do anything that I wouldn't call normal for a very fit athletic 3yr but this is more a horse for someone with a program and higher level goals. He is not going to be your weekend trail type. I believe his quality should attract the type of rider that will know he is something very special and difficult to find. Give him a bit of time to mature and he will be extremely competitive against the top horses.
Our Ronny Alan- 4yr 16.3 h gelding sired by Desert Party (Street Cry) out of a Holy Bull mare. This big boy just ran recently and 3 days prior to his first ride here with us. He is retiring sound with no injuries and no vices. His trainer said he was losing interest and they didn't want to drop him down in class. He had been good to them and they wanted to stop now. They always take amazing care of their horses. It's a small operation and they know every detail about them.
He has just been about as cool as it comes since arriving. He shipped great. Settled in well to turnout. Good in his stall. He stood great in the cross ties today for grooming, bath, etc. He was very quiet headed out for his pictures and in the free area. He has been excellent with this crazy weather. Always super mannerly for walking in and out despite the other horses acting like fools sometimes :)
He was really nice moving in the free area for racing just a few days ago and then shipping in here. He is a big horse for his age and looks quite growthy but I like the way he moves. I think with a bit of reshaping in the neck muscling he will be a stunner!
We tacked him up for his first ride and he stood great at the mounting block. He walked around quietly while she introduced him to some simple leg to hand conversation. He began to soften up and figure it out. He really was trying to hard to think about a little stretch in the trot. There is going to be a big trot in there when he figures out how to use all the parts. Toward the end of the ride after the canter he really started to push from behind and reach into the bridle a little bit. The canter is quite nice and soft. He is a light horse that is good in the balance.
We had one lunge session after his first ride just to encourage him to find a wee bit of stretch over his back and isn't it just so cool how that one session came through to his next ride video? I think this is the most fascinating part about the process sometimes. That first ride is just our assessment. We often then decide what each horse needs from that ride. We don't lunge all of them but sometimes you get those that are just slightly upside down where a few lunge sessions can help them start to understand how to start to rework that shape gently. He is so smart!!!!
The ring was still pretty frozen on ride two and he hadn't done anything since the middle of last week but he just comes out quiet. I think his brain is just a very quiet brain. He stood quiet to be mounted solo. Walked around flatfooted quietly. I LOVE the stretchy trot work we got today. It wasn't always consistent but boy what a cool difference and just look at how that opens up his stride even more. I find it important to start fixing that underneath muscling asap. Once they let go in the back they become much more available to move laterally in the body. He was so much looser. The canter on him is just dreamy. He is just a horse that keeps a nice tempo and rhythm. Obviously you can pick the reins up or ride him on the buckle and he is exactly the same.
You can not beat his attitude/work ethic. We introduced him to some small jumps which he took to like he had been doing it forever. Just a nice quiet trot over some poles and then onto some baby fillers which were then raised to small xrails. He was a bit quiet and didn't want to canter away at first but he figured it out by the end. He was just adorable and made a cute little shape over the jumps.
I suspect he will easily finish over 17h. He is a bit on the butt high side right now as most of them are in the winter/coming spring. His brain/temperament is so lovely. He really couldn't have been better. he is super sweet and just very relaxed so far. I find him very ammy friendly and he would be an easy restart.
Amount- 6yr 16.1 h gelding sired by Curlin out of a Pulpit mare https://www.pedigreequery.com/amount3 Amount ran 35x and just began to drop down in to lower class and lose interest. He has no vice and is retiring sound. He had just raced a few days ago. My friend had been watching him at the track and when he finally became available she was really excited to rehome him. She said he is just one grand horse that is all class!
I always love a Curlin! They truly do have the nicest necks and make such a lovely shape. He looks quite good for having just raced days ago. He shipped great. Has been lovely to work around. He is super sweet and already very much an in your pocket type. He is a horse that has been running a lot and I suspect his body really needs a break!
He was absolutely fancy in the free area! Such a nice type. His first ride was how we wish every first ride went here. Great to be tacked up. Good at the mounting block. You pick up the reins and he is like cool I just am soft naturally. That neck is just lovely and makes such a pretty shape. He was so so rideable and just eager to please. Just really went around as perfect as you could hope for a few days post race. His brain is lovely! He is going to be an outstanding horse. Everything about him is just so nice.
When he got his feet done (2/12) he had a juicy abscess on the left front and just was overgrowing his shoes. Always remember that what you see when they first arrive is a bit of a transition when it comes to feet. I find sometimes they are sore on the track shoes and then we do their feet and they can get a little bit sore from the adjustment in angles.
I was all excited to see him on ride two. We decided to just see if he was looking more comfortable on his feet and well let's just say he absolutely was and threw a shoe in the first minute lol. We had over an inch of rain yesterday so the footing was soft and he looked comfortable enough for a ride.
He really came out even looser in his body today! Brooke was really working on just finding the straightness in his shoulder and boy at the end it was so nice! When you get them straight then you can start to really allow that neck to come down and out. This horse is just so lovely to ride! He is one of those horses that I think would work all day if you asked him. Super work ethic. So smart and fun that you have to tell yourself to not overdue it. So easy to just say wow this is really getting good and want to keep going but I try to remember their bodies are not used to the work we are asking so don't push too hard. His personality is so fun. He LOVES water. He goes really into his baths which you can see at the end of his most recent video. I can't wait to continue on with this one. He's quite a special type.
Free Shot once again proved why I love a good mare! Stacy is going to be out for a few days so Brooke and I were just going to do a little intro to jumps where we walk over them thinking she might need a few days before she was ready for our picture session. Free Shot said look ladies this jumping thing is my jam and just absolutely rocked it. Like who the heck comes out and just canters around these spooky fillers on their first time jumping? A good mare that is who! You can't beat a brave mare.
Free Shot- 4yr 16.1 h mare sired by Midshipman out of Bluegrass Cat mare https://www.pedigreequery.com/free+shot3 Free Shot raced 17x retiring sound with no injuries or vices. She had a few weeks of downtime post track.
This mare is really such a pretty mare! She is quite thick and really has a pretty head which I am not sure I truly captured. She stood quietly to be tacked and was good at the mounting block. She naturally is one that makes a nice shape in the bridle on her own. Very soft and balanced. I wouldn't say she is the biggest mover but she is very consistent which goes a long way. She was super rideable in her body. The canter is really cute! Her gaits are not so intimidating that they would scare someone and she is easy to put together.
She is also just a horse that has such a great work ethic. This mare is just like okay what's next and what do you want to do now? She is relaxed when you are walking around and then when you ask her to bend, move laterally, work within the gaits, etc she is just right there to do all the things. She is super fun! She is such a smart horse that just does everything to please. We could really start to get some more stretch today and open up the stride as she let go through her back.
Her intro to jumping went so easily you sort of pinch yourself because it really doesn't always go like that. She was just so relaxed about all of it that you probably would not realize this horse had never seen a jump prior to this afternoon. She happily trotted and cantered around over everything offering up super nice lead changes. We kept it short and sweet because honestly she just couldn't have been any better. What a smartie!!!!
She has been excellent for shipping, baths, the farrier, clipping and everything else. She is great in turnout and in her stall. She has a super sweet personality.
When you have a name such as Cousin Greg it seems almost fitting to have the personality that this horse does!
Cousin Greg- 5yr 16h gelding sired by Klimt out of a Harlans Holiday mare https://www.pedigreequery.com/cousin+greg I saw a picture of his cute face and had to add him to our crew. He has had us cracking up daily. Just a very funny personality. He has an array of squealing noises that he does throughout the day. Sometimes in his paddock, stall or being ridden. They are happy squeals and they never fail to make us laugh.
He has been excellent to ship, cross tie, groom, bathe, grooming and all the things in between. Really nice to work around. Very much food motivated. He really loves people. He does have the most adorable face.
While he has the most innocent looking face he is just a bit of a cheeky bugger. He is quite athletic with this really good canter which he thinks is much more fun to do than anything else. We have to convince him that he also has a trot. Now his canter is just lovely and quite a beautifully balanced slow canter but he will trick you into just letting him canter...and canter..and canter some more because well trotting is harder than cantering for Gregory. Yes, we use his full name when he is being a naughty boy. Sometimes he is Greg but sometimes he is "Gregory." His trot is developing nicely and he is really becoming much more convinced on a daily basis that trotting is part of his new job. There sometimes are some squeals maybe partly joy and sometimes irritation that we are making him bend left :)
He is a snappy jumper! His boy has some scope and can really use his body. He is just starting out but with that canter the jump is going to be a really fantastic jump. He obviously is still quite green but his overall shape and balance is just so nice.
Greg is probably a horse for someone that has a bit of a steady program. He is not going to do anything scary but he can be a bit spooky if you don't keep him on task. He likes his rider to be a bit more of the "boss" and set an agenda rather than letting his mind wander so that Gregory doesn't come out. Greg can look like a super quiet ammy friendly horse but Gregory can look like more like a naughty squealing pony. You set him up for success and you get Greg vs Gregory. That being said he is coming along so quickly that I can see most people truly enjoying him. I really love a short back compact type like this. The canter and jump on this one make him so much fun!
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Codrington College- 14yr 16h imported TB gelding sired by Duke of Marmalade out of an AP Indy mare https://www.pedigreequery.com/codrington+college. He appears to be super duper clean legged for his career and he has no vices.
He's a wicked cool 14yr imported Irish tb who ran on the flat, brush and was most successful over timber where he had some stakes placed results in the Jonathan Sheppard barn. He also hunted first field with Cheshire and was known for being awesome in the trappiest of territory. In recent years he's been paper chasing, trail riding, hunting, giving leads to babies and just being that all around useful type. A few people reached out to me to say he was just the best to ride and he encouraged them to jump "solid" obstacles without being afraid. I can honestly say at least five people that rode him consistently told me just how amazing this horse is to ride and they all are NOT the type to say it unless they truly mean it.
Cod (I hate this name but he came with it!) has been with us for about a month now. He arrived right as the weather took a turn for the worse. I think everyone has been waiting for us to do something "cool" with him but well the weather had other plans. This horse is just plain fun! He is quite lovely on the flat but goes as well as you ride him. He probably hadn't been asked to do all the flatwork we are doing with him but he is really such a quick study and is quite fancy. He makes such a great shape in the bridle. He is a shorter backed horse and is just ultra sporty. He is quite easy to put together. He is definitely more whoa than go on the flat and over the jumps.
Cod is a quiet horse and he obviously has done everything and then some but he is cheeky type at the same time. He makes us laugh but he will spook at things just to spooky. He will spook at the same jump that he will turn around and jump. I say this because he is quiet but he is also not a dead head. The more you make him work the more he pays attention but Cod is Cod. You aren't going to change him and he is meant to be appreciated for what he is not forced to be anything different.
We haven't jumped much due to the weather so he had a little session yesterday and today I put the jumps up. As I expected, Cod pays attention when he has to think about things a little bit. He just dinks over his little xrails which is great if you want to just plop around but he will snap those knees right up over the bigger stuff. Obviously this horse has jumped around some very serious 4ft+ timber courses so scope is NOT an issue. He has also hunted in Cheshire which has some big damn fences jumped up and down hills making them much bigger lol. He knows his job and he has done the job. He hasn't had a ton of "formal" in the ring type of jump training but he just does it fairly easy. We can tune up those changes a bit but he is so easy to jump. He just stays in a nice canter. He is not quick. He will tend to add vs leave it out. You can put your leg on and just wait to the jumps. I think this is the 3rd time he has jumped in a long time so he is rusty but he has still got it :)
This is the kind of horses that I would have loved to have growing up and well I would still love to have! He will do it all. You want to trail ride, hunt, paper chase, event, do some jumpers, a dressage show here and there or whatever else he is going to do it. He has literally been around the world. Horses like this are worth their weight in gold. He has perfect manners. He ships, clips, ties, great for the farrier and all the things in between. He is an easy keeper. He has super manners. He is used to living out but great in. He is just an easy horse to have around.
He has just an adorable hilarious personality and he really does make me laugh. I think when you ride a horse like this you just know they have all the self preservation in the world. He is so damn smart it is ridiculous but you do have to sort of keep the smart working in your favor and not against you. I think he is smart enough to know what you do and don't know if you catch my drift.
People have asked if he is sound and he is sounder than sound! I mean if he held up to his long career I can't see anything that would deter him from doing anything but he has come out every day looking great here. He does better when in a program or should I say he is less interested in finding dumb things to spook at but his spooks are more funny than serious.
Bluff City- 4yr 16h gelding sired by Bernardini out of a Street Cry mare https://www.pedigreequery.com/bluff+city3 Bluff raced 8x last racing in January. He retired sound, no injuries and no vices.
Bluff had just raced prior to coming here and he was so tucked up/fit. He is also a horse that is in a majorly awkward growthy stage at the moment where he is several inches taller in the butt than withers. I sort of walk that line between still needing to find them homes but not wanting to do too much while they are growing. To be more than honest Bluff rarely gets ridden and that is okay because he is a horse that can handle that. We have pulled him out for customers on occasion but for the most part he is just putting on weight and growing. I think his genuinely amazing temperament allows such a light work schedule. He is very much a horse that can be ridden once a week and still be a good boy.
Bluff has absolutely perfect barn manners. Great for clipping, baths, grooming, cross ties, the farrier and all the things. Good to walk in and out of the barn. Excellent in his stall and in turnout. He is just always a happy go lucky kind of horse.
I will say that Bluff is a horse that is really really fancy in the free area but that doesn't yet project in his riding videos mainly because he is still a bit like riding a ski slope :) I try to be honest about our horses and right now Bluff is not our most attractive or fanciest of horses but when I say he is a truly good solid citizen I hope the videos demonstrate that about him. I think a lot of people would truly enjoy having a partner like him. He is so smart, best work ethic, brave, willing and just plain fun. He will be a horse that cleans up at the local hunters, lower level eventing, will hack out and do all the fun things while giving confidence that you won't be over faced in the process of developing him.
Right now he look a little bit like three parts and that can be a challenge to see the future on but I promise they change so drastically. He was pretty thick in his underneck muscles and he is butt high so sometimes it takes a bit of work to level it all out. He is really learning to stretch down and work over his topline which will create a topline vs the thick ugly under neck. It's just a bit of process to reshape but he is fun to work with and picks it up so fast. He is very quiet to ride. Not lazy but just a horse that keeps a nice tempo. Happy to go in a little bit of a frame or on the buckle.
Bluff has a fantastic canter! You could canter him all day long. Horse shoppers rave about his canter. The trot will come when he finishes his huge growth spurt. He is also one of those horses that just jumps the jumps. I swear if you point him he will go. He has jumped twice...yes just twice and today he was cantering around a little baby course of fillers offering up so adorable changes and just being his perfect self. He will put a smile on your face. Having a horse that tries as hard as he does goes a long way in my world.
He also loves his post ride treats and is very serious about his eating and napping schedule. Bluff is looking for someone who has a bit of time to let him finish growing and then be ready to kick some butt out competing.
Skate to Heaven- 5yr 16.2 h gelding sired by Laoban out of a Bernardini mare https://www.pedigreequery.com/skate+to+heaven Boy oh boy do I LOVE this horse! I just saw a picture of him and knew he was my type. His connections are awesome people who have a great program. They know their horses very well. He sold for 75k as a yearling. He ran 12x and earned 95k. He retired sound, no injuries and has no vices. I have loved everything I have had by this sire and the dam line isn't too shabby either :)
The brain on this horse is lovely! He has been perfect for shipping, grooming, cross ties and everything in between. He also really loves treats. He has a multi colored tail which I am not sure my pictures picked up on but apparently it is common with this sire. He absolutely loves to be doted on which has become quickly apparent and he is so cute he sure commands all the attention.
He is just a super nice mover that looks to be insanely athletic. Love the way he pushes from behind. His overall shape and balance should be even nicer under tack. Can't wait to get him going!
He had his first ride today (1/4) and boy he did not disappoint. He quickly became our favorite of the group. What a mover!!!! Just so elastic and lovely hind leg that pushes up through his shoulders. He has a great shape in his neck. He is just very willing to let you move him around off the leg. It was freezing cold today but he just came out eager to work. The canter is just so nice! He has such a reach in all of his gaits. I know this one will jump a big fence without a doubt. I think he has all the qualities to be a top horse. Can't wait to do more with him.