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Fell Ponies for Sale

Thinking about adding a Fell Pony to your life?  Check out our Youngstock Page to see the types of ponies that result from our focus on the old type (click here).
 
Click on the titles in the table below for more information
For Sale: Willowtrail Mountain Storm For Sale:  Willowtrail Storm Princess
For Sale:  Willowtrail Mountain Ranger
For Sale:  Lunesdale Silver Belle Other Ponies for Sale
For Sale:  Stallion Services Mare Mingle(TM) Report
Buying a Fell Pony Transportation
Training & Handling at Willowtrail Farm  Thinking of importing? (click here for info)
Evaluating a Pony Contact Us

 Can't afford to buy a Fell Pony right now but still want to get to know the breed?  Consider the 2013 book Fell Ponies:  Observations on the Breed, the Breed Standard and Breeding (click here).  Perhaps you're more interested in what it's like to spend time with Fell Ponies?  Then my book A Humbling Experience will be of interest (click here).  Or subscribe to my free newsletter Fell Pony News from Willowtrail Farm.

Willowtrail Mountain Storm - Under Contract

2014 solid black colt
Sire: Guards Apollo
Dam: Restar Mountain Shelley III

Storm is like his older brother Robin and sister Madie in all the best ways.  He's friendly, has beautiful movement, and is always looking to engage with the people in his life.  He's also tough like a Fell Pony should be.  He was born during a snowstorm that left a foot of the white stuff, and it didn't faze him at all.  Storm will excel at performance and other activities that involve people and things to do.

Willowtrail Mountain Storm Willowtrail Mountain Storm


Willowtrail Storm Princess

2014 Black filly with white left hind heel
Sire:  Guards Apollo
Dam:  Lunesdale Silver Belle

Princess gets her name from being born during a 14" snow storm and being TOTALLY unfazed by it.  She and her mom constantly stand in the open getting snowed on rather than seeking shelter.  She's one hardy little girl!  She will be tall and substantial like her mother and is already very engaged with all the people and other animals in her life.

Willowtrail Storm Princess and Lunesdale Silver Belle Willowtrail Storm Princess

Willowtrail Mountain Ranger - Under Contract

2014 black colt with white spot on left hind heel
Sire:  Guards Apollo
Dam:  Bowthorne Matty

This strong colt is very confident.  At three days old he was jumping logs and wading into mud holes a foot deep.  To see a video, click here.  So if you’re interested in a sure-footed trail pony, Ranger would be a great choice!  Of course, Ranger's great conformation and come-say-hello temperament make him ideal for any pursuit where you want a pony partner!
Willowtrail Mountain Ranger Willowtrail Mountain Ranger and Bowthorne Matty

Lunesdale Silver Belle

2004 solid black mare
Sire:  Lunesdale Mercury
Dam:  Lunesdale Heather Belle

Lunesdale Silver BelleHere’s a chance to own a pony from the storied Lunesdale Fell Pony Stud in Cumbria (all my ponies have Lunesdale blood somewhere in their pedigrees.) Ellie is a tremendous broodmare and a delight to have in the herd. She has had five foals, two for me, and I’ve been pleased with what she has produced. She’s for sale only because I have homebred daughters that I need to make room for in my broodmare herd. Ellie is has great bone and substance, plenty of hair, and is tremendously hardy. I have been on her back numerous times, and she has driving ancestors in both sides of her pedigree, so she should be easy to train out. Click here to contact me for more information.

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 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.

If you think you'll be picking your pony up at Willowtrail Farm and transporting them home, you'll find this website about necessary documents for crossing state lines helpful (click here).  Thank you to Donna Ramsey for bringing it to my attention.

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!