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Obie is a 14.3, 3½ year old, Irish Sports Horse. He has lived at Many Tears for most of his life, but had a very hard start before he came to us. His mother died during his birth and he was dumped at a rescue centre. During those first few very important months he did not have his mum, but instead, due to a lack of space he was stabled, with an older colt who bullied him badly. We do not know the dam or sire of Obie and cannot be sure of the height he will reach, but expect maybe a couple more inches maximum.

I have worked with Obie for the last two years and in that time he has had quite an education. However he is still NOT a horse for a novice. He should be considered as being at the start of his education. Obie has had a substantial amount of lead rein work, including stepping over different surfaces, meeting traffic and long walks out on the roads. Obie has now also been backed and is ridden regularly, along with being round penned and lunged. Obie is not yet an easy ride. Generally I will give him some kind of exercise before mounting him. He has been worked in walk, trot and canter and over a pole, along with being hacked out.

I have a close bond and a great relationship with Obie. I find him great to lead and handle, however I would not ask an inexperienced handler to lead or groom him. My bond with Obie has grown with a lot of time and hard work, which his new owner would need to also commit to. Obie loves clicker training and will smile, dig and bow when asked. When he's in the field and I call him, he will call back and race me to the gate. Obie has a huge amount of trust in me and I can sit and love him while he's laying down. However there is potential in the wrong circumstances or if handled incorrectly for him to kick.

Obie needs an experienced lifelong home. He needs a person who will continue his education and work with him consistently, following similar techniques to those which I have been using. He needs daily routine, but variety in his exercise. He will need access to turn out and a stable along with other equine company.

Anyone who is interested in Obie will need to complete an application form.
Please Email canvasbags@hotmail.co.uk for more information.

03-11-14 UPDATE

Unfortunately we had a very hard experience on the lanes, where we met a speeding Postman, who was hitting his horn coming into every corner, then we found ourselves stuck between the Postman and a huge hedgecutter. Obie tried very hard to cope with it all, but it was a very stressful situation. Since then, he's not been his usual self out on the lanes, so I've been working daily with him to rebuild his trust in me and his confidence on the lanes. Here are some pictures of him having a paddle in the stream! He had been really brave and stepped in quite confidently.

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