Sweet Dixie is about a 13 hand Leopard Appaloosa pony, about 8 years old. I have owned her since March 2012, and bought her from a horse auction. As far as her past, I know nothing. She came with no name, paperwork, or information.
I am selling her due to lack of time and money. At this point, I have done w/t/c work with her and lunged her over some small jumps. In the right hands, she would make a beautiful jumper and dressage prospect.
She has a very sweet, playful personality. She is a bit shy at first, but once you get to know her she is like a dog - she would rather see what you're up to than eat - making her a great pet. Typical to being a pony, she can be a little bratty sometimes, but she does not kick or bite. She'll nibble on your hand if you put it out (same as any horse), but has never tried nipping or biting.
She has good ground manners, leads on both sides, I've ponied her along with my paint mare on short road rides. She is great at lunging - walk, trot, canter, verbal commands. She doesn't pull or fall in too much - I've done a lot of work with her on this.
She is broke to ride, but still very green. What she needs is a patient, calm and firm rider, with light hands. I strongly believe she was abused, or maybe punished for reasons she didn't understand in the past (probably an irresponsible and/or heavy handed rider). When I first started riding her, I couldn't lift my hand without her jumping, but now I can move my arms around and wave, as long as I get her relaxed and start out slowly. She will stand to be mounted. I train all my horses in dressage, and she goes in a full-cheek snaffle. (And no, a tomb-thumb or similar bit doesn't count as a snaffle in my books.) I've ridden her a couple times in my French-link as well, and she seemed to do better in it.
I really don't want to sell her, but because of expenses (two other horses - one with health problems) she has to go. She reminds me a lot of my Mustang pony who I trained, so I know that in the right hands, she is going to make an awesome pony. She's the cutest pony I've seen, and everyone who sees her falls in love. If I could make money off of compliments about her, I'd be a millionaire!
I originally bought her as a lesson pony prospect, but realized she is not a kids pony - so please, don't buy her for your child! Please don't assume you will buy her and have her trail ride safe within a couple months as well. She needs good, solid flat work in a comfortable environment. I will sell only to an experienced rider/handler, so if you are green yourself or are looking for a first pony, please look elsewhere.
Here's the quick list!
>UTD on shots and coggins
>Stands for the farrier (she is barefoot and has good hooves)
>Picks all four feet up nicely
>Stands to be groomed, tacked, and blanketed
>Good ground manners & lunges
>W/T/C under saddle, experienced rider with soft hands
I have many pictures available, so please email if you are interested, or have any questions or concerns. I'm asking $2000 OBO.