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Fell Ponies for Sale

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For Sale: Willowtrail Mountain Prince (under contract)  Other Fell Ponies Available
For Sale:  Stallion Services Mare Mingle(TM) Report
Buying a Fell Pony Transportation
Training & Handling at Willowtrail Farm  
Evaluating a Pony Contact Us

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Willowtrail Mountain Prince - under contract

2012 solid black colt
Sire: Willowtrail Black Robin
Dam: Bowthorne Matty

Wilowtrail Mountain PrincePrince will excel at anything he's put to.  He has a temperament that will make him a great friend and playmate.  He has the conformation and movement that will help him excel in performance.  At birth I was thrilled to see the lay of his shoulder and the shape of his hind end, and he's only gotten better since then.  To see a video of Prince at day ten and twelve, click here.  Prince is also seen on a video about his mother's family (click here).  If you'd like to hear the latest about Prince, click here.








Stallion Services

Guards ApolloGuards Apollo is available to select Fell Pony mares for breeding via frozen semen.  Apollo was imported from Cumbria in 2005 and has sired numerous foals here at Willowtrail Farm.  He stamps his offspring with the old type that I prefer and with terrific temperaments.  Photographs and videos of prospective mares are gladly accepted for review.  My goal in offering Apollo for breeding is to help other mare owners create foals that exceed their parents in terms of quality.  If you'd like inquire about breeding to Apollo, click here.

Other Fell Ponies Available

I know of a 2009 Fell Pony gelding trained to drive and started under saddle.  I was very impressed with a video of him driving.  If you are interested, please contact me.
 

Buying a Fell Pony

Laddie and JontyWhen you buy a pony from me, you are buying more than a hairy animal with four hooves.  Each pony that passes through my life enters my heart and takes a bit of it with them when they leave.  I feel a great responsibility to place my sale ponies in homes that are a good match for their temperament, conformation, and expected use.  I stay in contact with my buyers;  many of them have become friends.  I will not sell a pony into a breeding situation unless I feel it will contribute well to the breed.

I believe that every pony has an innate personality and that there can be personality conflicts with humans.  Having experienced this myself, I endeavor to make good matches between pony and buyer or to recommend other ponies that are on the market if they would be better matches.  For other ponies for sale in the western United States, I recommend visiting the Fells of the West co-op.

Fell Ponies mature slowly and should not be ridden before four years of age, though many are backed at three; Fell Pony Society ridden classes only allow ponies four years old and up.  Fells are typically not put into regular hard work until after seven years of age.  Waiting this long ensures them a long and active life.  Some ponies are ridden and driven well into their twenties.

Transportation

Willowtrail Spring Maiden loading and leaving at five and a half monthsI have had great experiences with two of the big nationwide shippers:

These two reputable companies travel the interstates, which are about two hours from Willowtrail Farm.  I charge an additional $200 to meet their trucks in either Laramie, Wyoming (I-80) or Fort Collins, Colorado (I-25).

I was also pleased recently with US Horse Transportation, as they were able to come directly to Willowtrail Farm for a pick-up, saving my client money and me time. 

Some clients have been pleased with shipping options they have arranged through uship.com and movemyhorse.com. Shippers that need me to meet them at one of the interstate highways require special arrangements, so please be in touch.

Training & Handling at Willowtrail Farm

Many people appreciate that my ponies are accustomed to the everyday things in life, from leading and tying to hoof handling and trailer loading, things that some other Fell Ponies on the market don’t have.  I have produced several videos that demonstrate the types of training my ponies receive.  Click on a video title to watch:

Age Video Title
Foals Early Foal Training
Yearlings Willowtrail Winter Lad
Two-Year-Olds Willowtrail Liberty
Willowtrail Black Robin (jumping, figure 8s)
 Three-Year-Olds Willowtrail Black Robin
 Four-Year-Olds Willowtrail Jonty Third Ridden
 Mature Ponies OH Torrin (ground work, ridden)
Lily's Million Transitions (ground work, ridden)
Papa's Manners (ground work)
Lily Parelli Audition (ground work)
Guards Apollo (ground work)
 Spectrum July 2011 Pasture Moments (ground work)
Ponying
Trailering


Evaluating a Pony

If you are interested in reading an article I have researched and written called "Steps in Evaluating a Pony," click here.

Contact Us

If you are interested in discussing whether one of my sale ponies would be appropriate for you, please contact me
If you prefer to call, I'm easiest to catch in the evenings before 8pm (Mountain Time) at (970) 723-4316.  Cell phones don't work here!