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METAL FREE MATCHMAKER 

This is the place to come and find your dream metal free horse.

If you are needing to re-home your horse please send me pics and as much info as possible so that we can try and match the right horse to the right home.  Or maybe you just want to find a loan home for your friend temporarily, this is the place to share.

Maybe you are looking for your soul horse, so why not send your details of your dream horse to bitlessandbarefoot@gmail.com and see if we can matchmake you with your dream bitless and barefoot horse.

Gypsy, Bobby and Splash

"I am looking to find kind, experienced and long-term homes for three ponies on behalf of their owner who is terminally ill. The ponies are kept in a field down the road from me and I have been doing my best to look after them for the past 2 years. The ponies have had little to no handling and have basically spent their lives running around a field with very little human interaction. They will therefore need someone with time and knowledge to get them handled, have their feet and teeth done, and bring them on. Please see below for details of each;

1) Gypsy - 14hh/14.1hh 8 year old mare. She is very quiet and can be touched all over at liberty. Loves a good scratch. Has not yet learned to lift her feet. Can be haltered but not been taught to properly lead yet. I believe that with the right handler she will be relatively straight forward to handle and start to ride. 

2) Bobby - 13.2hh/13.3hh gelding (age unknown as no passport but estimated to be around 9). He is an extremely friendly and inquisitive pony. Runs over to me in the field and just wants attention. He has been haltered and led but not for a while. He will be a joy for someone to work with as such a sweet boy. He does however have very worn down incisor teeth (due to a period of starvation where he ended up grazing very short grass and wore the teeth right down) and a sarcoid on his chest (although I have been applying a cream to this and it seems to have almost gone). 

3) Splash - 13.3hh 11 year old gelding. He is very timid and has never been haltered. He will not stand to be touched and is very frightened of humans. He will however take a treat by hand and has let me touch his neck once or twice. He has no known health issues - he just needs someone with loads of time and experience to win his trust. He is a beautiful looking boy and could be quite special in the right hands. 

Picture 1 is Gypsy, 2 is Bobby and 3 is Splash. Located in central Scotland near Glasgow/Stirling. Please contact me (charlottehall07@msn.com or 07775422346) for further details and pictures/videos of the ponies. Transport can be arranged."

 

Lily - Arab Mare - 8yo

LOAN HOME WANTED (WVTB) FOR 14.2HH GREY ARAB MARE 

Due to having a toddler, and another little one on the way I no longer have time for my 14.2h Arab mare Lily. She is 8 years old, bitless and barefoot, a little green, but not silly. So looking for a experienced Arab loving home for her.  

Unfortunately she does have arthritis, so it would be a happy hacker home only.  You really wouldn't know she has it, she is very keen with fantastic paces.  It came apparent when she went on a loan to a endurance home so is only suitable for hacking and the odd pleasure ride. She does not need any treatment for it at present, and is ridden out occasionally to keep her moving and she seems very happy.  She is still so young!  She needs a happy hacker, who is kind and patient. 

She has been homebred by myself, using natural horsemanship, so is very loving and has never had any bed experiences. She lives out 24/7 naturally, with access to shelter and this is at her happiest. Looking for the right rider, who understands Arabs and wants to enjoy nice hacking. Lily is the sweetest temperament and is a very special girl, she is looking for her next best friend! She is ridden bitless, and has the most comfortable treeless saddle.

She is very easy and low maintenance. A fantastic opportunity for someone for the right 5* home.

Suited near Shaftesbury, Dorset.

Email sophiefairchild@ymail.com for more info.


Meg - Cob X - 13yo

 

FOR SALE TO EXPERIENCED AND LOVING HOME

 

Gorgeous 13 year old, bright bay mare. Standing at 14.3hh she's a very stocky mare, a good weight carrier.  Cob x.


Meg has been with us for 6 years and has been used primarily as a happy hacker. She is a  bit green in a school situation but has spent several months at Kings Equestrian over this past winter and spring bring schooled and jumped at Kings Equestrian and got on very well there and has been ridden a lot recently back with us at home.  She is forward going, knows her job and thinks ahead.  She enjoys jumpimg and is fantastic out on a hack.  She's not spooky at all, perfect with all traffic and will go to the front or back of the ride.   She can get excited if hasn’t been ridden for a week or two but in regular work behaves very well and always listens. She is not a first horse, however and needs a calm and confident rider.  We are looking for a loving home for Meg with a sensitive and caring person to have fun with her.  Meg would make a brilliant endurance horse or pony club pony.  She loves getting out and about and is fun and energetic.  She loves attention – grooming and tail scratches – and always comes up to you in the field to say hello.  She has a lovely nature. 

She is barefoot and has fantastic feet. Travels well but hasn’t done much travelling of late and so might need a bit of work on the loading front.  She's lovely to handle and she does stand tied up to be groomed perfectly. Picks up all 4 feet fine and is great with the trimmer.

She's up-to-date with worming and teeth but hasn't been vaccinated for a while due to her not mixing with other horses.

Meg will come with tack and rugs. Open to vetting and viewing. 

Looking for £2,200 for this fantastic mare. She'd be perfect for someone moving on from ponies.

TELEPHONE Patricia 07813 804097

 

 

Orion - Welsh Sec D x WB - 6yo

I have been procrastinating about this decision for too long but need to now ensure I am being fair to myself and my horse. Orion is 6 years old welsh D x WB approx 15hh (would need to measure) who has been with me 3 years. He has excellent feet (never been shod) and I have been using clicker training for the past 6 months which he has responded really well to. I am 100% confident with him on the ground but due to various circumstances I have not ridden for a few years and do not feel I have the confidence to progress his riding. I have sat on him no problem but not ridden him out. I have done in hand hacks with him but due to time constraints not as much as I would like. He habituates to things well with patience and time. He is not what I would call a naturally brave horse but is very curious. For an experienced confident and patient person I feel he will be perfect. He had an eye injury as a yearling and the spot can be seen on his eye - my vet has no concerns with this. Teeth (I sedate for due to lack of time to help him work with this) and tetanus jabs up to date. Currently lives on a track with my mare and gelding. He is very sociable and loves to play. I am happy to provide any further information 07913 606689 or ot.is@yahoo.com
BASED EAST DEVON - looking for around £850 homes will be vetted. 


Lexi - ISH/WB.  12 years old 16hh

This is lovely Lexi.  ISH/WB.  12 years old 16hh

 I’m tentatively looking for a kind and experienced home for her.   

 I’ve had lexi for three years. About four months ago, I realised that we were not suited to each other. Lexi is a spirited horse and a dominant mare, I’m an adult novice/learner rider whose stomach tightened every time I was asked to ride her, when asked to trot she would throw in a buck making me even more nervous.   I learnt about ground work and investigated all the possible physical issues that could explain her behaviour, over time I improved my skills and understanding. However, regardless of my will to learn, I am held back by my lack of confidence.

 In Feb 2019 after a McTimoney chiropractic treatment / Telling Touch practitioner visited, I was told that Lexis’s behaviour was due to emotional issues and that she could be restarted.

I love this mare but I feel that she’s too sharp for me so I’m looking for someone who isn’t fazed by a spirited horse.

 I would love Lexi to go to a home that uses natural horsemanship and will provide her with the time she needs to adjust to her new environment and remain barefoot.

I know her full history so please call me if you would like to know more.

 Kim Mob: 07816415616  sjkmorton@btinternet.co

Pixie - Grey Connemara x TB - 1yr 9months.

Free to a kind home. Pixie is a grey Connemara x TB. She's 1 year 9 months and is about 14.2 at the moment, I think she'll make between 15/16h. Her dad was 14.2 but I'm not sure about her mum. She was bred to be a sport horse but I took her on after she was going to be put down as she has a cleft palate. I've had her scoped and the vet said she's doing very well and coping with it. She keeps her weight on fine. She was having hay but the vet recommended keeping her on Haylage to help minimise dust so she lives off that now and is doing very well. She does have a cough when she eats but she copes and it stops when she's not eating. She also has food come out her nose when she eats but she manages fine and it dries up when she stops eating. The vet See's no reason she can't be ridden and worked later on but recommended she has a bit longer without food before work to minimise the possibility of food in her airways. She's very friendly and cheeky and often comes over to say hello when I'm poo picking, she's very curious and I think she'd love to work with someone and learn. She is currently having massages as she fell off the side of a trailer ramp when I first got her and landed funny so she was struggling to canter properly and couldn't buck. She is now feeling a lot better as she frequently gallops around now and has playful rears and bucks when she's excited in the field. She is having another massage in January and probably won't need many more treatments if any as she's almost there. She's very good on the headcollar and will tie up fine and let you groom her and pick out her feet. She moves over when you ask. She's also great to have her feet trimmed. Just occasionally has to be reminded to keep holding them up as she's a youngster and gets a bit bored but she is very good really. I don't think much will faze her when it comes to learning and working later on, she is quite confident but does understand if she's been a bit naughty and you tell her off. Like any baby, she's learning boundaries and what is and isn't ok. She's learning to respect personal space and will move if you ask her. She's getting better when given food too, I can ask her to wait and she will listen. She is a lovely sweet girl and will often stand at the gate when I leave looking for more attention! She lives out and is rugged. I'm in contact with someone else who had a cleft palate horse which I can pass on. She's been in a trailer several times and loads quite well although it might take a little patience while she has a think about it! Really lovely genuine mare who would love some attention and lots of love. Based near tiverton, Devon. If you have any questions please contact Sophie on 07376020051. Many thanks

Katalina Chestnut Arab x - 13.2hh


Free to a kind home. Katalina is a 13.2 Chestnut Arab x. She's 14 years old. She's broken in bitless and has only been ridden in a headcollar. She goes well in it and is very sensitive. She's a nice ride but could do with bringing on a bit and building her confidence as she sometimes gets worried. She hasn't done much except hacking. She was broken aged 9 by me and lived out not handled much before that. Not exactly nervous, she just needs confidence, reassurance and kindness and once you have a bond with her she'll love you and do anything for you. She really means it so as long as you do too and commit to her, and are sympathetic and kind, you'll have an amazing bond. She is very genuine. You just need to work slowly with her. She's only been ridden in a treeless saddle, I found she went better in a suede saddle pad. She's barefoot and goes very well like that. I've had her about 5 years and she's only been lame once with an abscess which cleared quickly. She's a good doer, lives out all year (she's happier living out). I just rug her when it's cold and she gets lots of hay/Haylage which she does really well on. She's happier when she's in a routine and knows what's going on, new things should just be introduced slowly but she's very willing to learn and learns quickly once she understands what you're asking. She's very well mannered, and understands personal space! We have had issues with picking up her feet including with trimming but I have a very patient kind foot trimmer  and she is getting better! She just worries. You just have to be patient and keep asking. It's just something to work on but I think she'll get there. She doesn't like going in a trailer but again if you have the facilities, patience and practice would probably get her over this. She is a genuine lovely mare. If you have any questions, please just ask. She's based near tiverton, Devon. Contact Sophie on 07376020051 if you have any questions. Many thanks

 

2 Egyptian arabians X welsh sec D barefoot horses for sale

I am looking to re-home 2 horses (mother & son) with much potential. They have been barefoot and handled using natural horsemanship training principles their whole life, despite currently being unbacked, they are handled daily. I had planned on backing them with bitless NH training but our circumstances have changed so my partner and i are seeking a knowledgeable natural horsemanship home. 

They are used to a Jamie Jackson-'paddock paradise' style environment of living out within a large hard-standing corral, with having open access to a large bedded shelter when bad weather hits, plenty of grazing space when the ground is suitable.
Would you be interested or know anyone in the barefoot/natural horsemanship circle of horse folk who would be interested in offering them an active, engaging'forever' home?
Would prefer to home them together and be around other horses.

Price on application, no reasonable offer refused. 

Details and pics/vid below:

Mare 15yrs black 'Guinevere', ArabXWelsh sec D, sire Roscian / dam Ashridge Caroline

https://www.allbreedpedigree.com/rocians

14.1hh 145cm.  Terrific personality. Young at heart, kind, slow to trust but when trust is developed she's very willing. Lovely paces. Has been a broodmare her whole life, last foal 2012 (gelding below). Would make a great hacking pony.

Gelding 'Merlin' 6yrs old, 3/4 arab, dapple grey, Sire Ffatal Shadow (Sanadik el Shaklan) Dam (mare above) Guinevere

https://www.allbreedpedigree.com/sanadik+el+shaklan
https://vimeo.com/51023894

15.1hh 155cm Exceptional paces, fast learner. Courageous. Would benefit from being backed and being active. 
Both horses stunning, calm yet alert. Used to a high forage low sugar minimum grain diet with minerals. 

Pics and video: 
https://www.flickr.com/gp/158662442@N07/641p22

Kind regards

Bec Piper,

Co Clare. Ireland

purplebekah@hotmail.com

from UK: 00 353 838520707

from Ire: 083 8520707


Looking to offer a lifetime loan to a light weight horse between 14-15.5hh 

Looking to offer a lifetime loan to a light weight horse between 14-15.5hh  

 I'm a caring and kind mature horse owner looking to find a horse that can keep me safe when we hack out along the county lanes, so it must be good with tractors and push bikes.

I like to hack out alone and with friends a few times a week. I would like to have regular lessons as away of improving my balance and maybe attend the odd fun ride, or adult camp.

 I’m 5.5, lightweight with soft hands and I’ve been told a good  balanced seat.  I like liberty work, positive reniforments, T.Touch, and the Masterson Method, plus many more.  

I have my own place where I live and keep my rehired mares as naturally as I can on  7 acres of natural hedging and trees. In the spring/summertime  they are on a track system, due to my cobs weight issues and  In the winter months they are in two large fields, My horses always have lovely meadow hay 24/7, with natural salt and mineral licks.

I have converted a  large 8 stable building block into a 24/7 walk in barn so that they can keep cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

 I have an old sand school that they can roll about on and occasionally I do some ground work in.

 My passion is to make sure that the horses emotional and physical needs are met, so they have a lovely vet  who supplies the with polos during treatment, an amazing farrier who looks after their barefoot hoofs, and a list of other therapist that provide treatments for their backs and posture  

I have regular home checks by an equine charity as I loan one of their horses.

I would be happy to provide you with updates, and of course you can visit anytime. 

Happy to accept horses from different areas just as long as they are safe to ride and ideally have no sweet itch.

 I live in the BS35 area Between Bristol & Gloucester

 Kim 07816415616 sjkmorton@lineone.net

Toby

Based in Kent, UK. I am looking for a long-term loan or possible sale to the absolute best home for my boy.  He’s 8 years old, 15hh, a criollo x TB bred by the Chamfron Stud in Scotland.  He’s very friendly, and is great to handle on the ground- my 8 year old daughter can lead him. Easy to catch, happy to stand quietly and be groomed, tacked up, good to have feet done, teeth, vet etc. He has great feet and has been barefoot easily for the past 3 years with regular trimming. He lives out all year round, unrugged, in a mixed herd and is good with mares and geldings- he is the boss in our herd of 4. Never sick or sorry- a very hardy little lad. Easy to keep weight on and doesn’t require hard feed (unless doing much more work).

He is a responsive ride, without being sharp, and is very bright and agile. He has a comfy jog to sit to and an onward canter. He could excel in any sphere with the right rider as he learns very quickly.

With me, he potters about and doesn’t get the time he deserves and so is still green. I ride him western as he has some basics and goes nicely on a loose rein and from voice cues. I ride him in a simple side pull- which he goes well in.  He has done some clicker training, which he learned quickly, but he is very food-orientated and despite adjusting treat type, volume, reward-rate etc, I felt he found the training a bit stressful which made it less pleasurable for him. He has since done predominantly -R based training, but only with light pressure, as this is all he needs.

He needs a kind home with a real job for him to do and someone with more time, confidence and expertise to develop him.  Due to my lack of confidence and hacking buddies, we haven’t done much hacking, so he lacks experience.  He’s fine with the traffic I have exposed him to (quieter roads) but can be spooky, especially out hacking alone.  He doesn’t like cows and will need careful exposure to them to allow him to gain confidence with them.

He isn’t a fan of horse trailers, which again is a confidence issue (as much mine as his!). He is better with a lorry, but he will load and has travelled fine once loaded. Again, he would probably be more comfortable travelling with a companion.

He is up to date with teeth, back, feet, worm counts and vaccinations. 

I bought him as my forever horse and have had him for 3 years, but we are not quite the right fit for each other- I don’t have enough for him to do, and he needs a confident and experienced rider to bring him on and benefit from his many talents. He is a sensitive boy and picks up on your nerves or bad mood and is unsettled by this- he needs someone who can manage their own emotions. 

It has been very difficult to reach this decision, as we love him dearly. If we cannot find the right home for him, he will stay here with us, so please no dealers or time wasters. His happiness is my only consideration. I hope I haven’t forgotten anything- please email me if I have. I would prefer for him to go on long term loan, so that we know where he is, but wouldn’t rule out a sale to the right person.  None of the pictures do him justice- he is a very handsome boy! Please emailEmma.manwaring@hotmail.co.uk

Brego

Brego is 6yrs old, he is not broken to be ridden. He is a nervous horse that needs an knowledgeable and kind home. He thrives on routine, but everything is scary to him. He is good for the dentist and farrier. He was previously a gypsys horse and was rescued from the slaughter house. He is standard bred and is around 15.1hh. He has beautiful movement and is a good jumper. 

steffieb.1966@gmail.com

Pipilli

This is my 14.2 Comtois x TB mare Pipilli who will be 13 this year. I have owned her for 5 years and she is my best friend. She has always been barefoot and has never required shoes, despite miles and miles of hacking over varied ground. She is now ridden in a matrix bitless bridle and goes well. I have used a loose ring snaffle before that and she went nicely in that too, but personally prefer bitless. When I first got her she was in a Pelham for jumping/exciting events, however, she has had lots of training with me and this is no longer required. She can get chubby if left on grass with no exercise so I currently restrict her grazing. She never loses condition. She’s currently fed a handful of thunderbrooks chaff with a balancer and ad lib haylage. She has no health issues and is never sick or sorry – her hooves are amazing!!. She’s only been lame once in the 5 years I’ve owned her and that’s because a piece of grit had travelled up inside her hoof. 2 weeks rest and she was brand new. We have competed in dressage & XC in the past and she’s a brilliant jumper, however, I would prefer her to go to a more quiet home. We spent the first 4 years of our partnership practicing Natural Horsemanship training methods, however, in the last year I’ve started using positive reinforcement/click/target training which is suiting us both tremendously. A home that would continue this training would be fantastic. She can get emotional when she’s worried, particularly if left on her own, so a home where she can live out, with a herd, ad lib grazing and basically the most natural life possible would be great. She is happiest living out all year, un-rugged as she develops a wooly coat and does really well. In fact, the latest bout of -10c/bad snow weather we experienced she refused to use her lovely bedded field shelter with haylage in there……preferred to stand in 2 foot of snow with icicles hanging from her :) she is so easy to keep! I am heartbroken at the thought of not seeing her every day and sharing special moments with her, so the best possible home for her is my upmost priority. Believe me if I could afford to ship her to the other side of the world, she would be coming with me!!! I would love to see her progression and know that she’s always safe, therefore, I would like to start with a 1+ year loan with a view to buy in the future. If anyone is interested I can provide more information and answer any questions.

 vmorgan1988@yahoo.co.uk  My mobile number is 07950503639.