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For Sale - Foaled 2011
Whitefield Lord Taverner
Foaled April 2011
14HH+ (not measured).
See Taverner's pedigree here.
Price £1,600 (fixed), but only to a suitable home.
Taverner was bought in as an unbroken project. His progress has been good as you will see from the videos but he has had a chequered career. The girl who was handling him here was making good progress when she had to move out of the area. Unfortunately, Taverner does not seem to like men and he is slow to trust people.
I work mostly single handedly, hiring in riders to do the ridden work. The aim is to produce sensible youngsters that are sold when backed and ridden away. Unfortunately, Taverner seems to need a one-to-one relationship which he cannot get here. Although Morrich Highland Ponies is only a small stud, there will usually several youngsters in training. Their riders only attend a few hours a week so it is difficult for them to give much individual attention. I do the best I can but I am male, don't ride, 78 next birthday, and I am all too well aware of my limitations!
Taverner's ground work was well established by his first owner who chose him as a two year old out of a herd of 70 kept on the hill. She did an excellent job but had to sell him due to a change in personal circumstances. We bought him as a four year old from his second owners who had to sell again due to redundancy.
As can be seen here from the photos and video, Taverner has been long reined, sat on, and is good to catch, lead, groom, load, and is good with the farrier. His only problem is that he needs to trust and have a close relationship with his handler. Without that, he is inclined to spook.
Taverner will only be sold to an experienced home where he can get the personal attention he needs. He has never bitten or kicked and the worst thing he has done is to panic at a new experience. He has never bucked but has managed a few mini-rears, all under 12 inches! He is a quiet sweet character who deserves a good, long term, committed home. It would be a tragedy if he ended up being passed around from owner to owner. The successful purchaser will be very carefully vetted, so no dreamers please!
Taverner's video -- long reining
Taverner - desensitising
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