TOOMBA SALE 2016
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Eyecatching young mare. Pretty, nice markings, black buckskin and nice minded.
Her dam, Sugar was the sweetest, prettiest mare. She was shown at halter and western events as a yearling to 3yo, we purchased her then to go contract mustering and due to extreme prettiness and attitude, to use as a broodmare later. She proved her worth in the camp, keeping many youths and backpackers safe mustering and half handy too! Best ever kids mustering mare, which she was sold as. Her new owners said she gave their daughter the confidence to ride again, they love her.
Sundance's stroy... She was broken in by Harvey Wakeford as a 3yo (drought issues prevented us breaking her as a 2yo). She then had a month off and went back into work for 3 weeks prep for the Toomba Sale 2015. It was noticed in that 2nd work, that she was protective of her mouth, and Harvey got the equine dentist out to find she had cracked a back tooth, and had an infected abcess. The tooth was removed the week prior to the sale, but she was still in some pain, and was a bit gabby and thus didn't present very well, and was passed in.
She was taken home and spelled for 3-4 months to recover, and put back into work. She was started on cattle in the arena, and some light mustering and weaner tailing. She was lightly worked on a mechanical cow, and by the time Rocky QH Sale came up, she was tracking a cow quite well outside, and had about a dozen good solid one on one rides to start her cutting out. Again drought hindered her work plan due to our work load. She was taken to Rocky Sale, and it rained about 3" of rain 3 hours prior to the sale! It was a quagmire, and the pre-works was cancelled, with the area that all horses had been shown to sell in changed to sellingin 2 foot of mud in the cutout yard. The surface was like a pig pen, the arena was unsafe. You were allowed to work a cow in the yard.
I felt her way to inexperienced to work a very lively brahman weaner in 2 foot of pure mud, in a yard she had never seen, that was also very unsafe underneath. So again, due to no fault of her own, she was passed in as no one had seen her ridden, watched her pre-work (which should have been soft and kind) and a large % of buyers had gone home. The sale was a total disgrace.
She was brought home and spelled over Christmas, and put back into work mid March 2016. She has been worked with Campdrafting in mind, so has done some more mechanical cow work, one on one slow cutting out, tracking cattle in an arena, and a bit of musteirng, which will continue up to the Toomba Sale in late May 2016.
This is a very striking young mare who could challenge, draft or go into a showring. As she hasn't had a lot of work, she would not be hugely competitive in open company in this year's challenges, but by next year would be real nice, and will make a nice Rookies mare. She has a lot of natural track on a cow, and we feel with some more work she'll be a great drafter. She would also easily transition into a very nice show horse. Stunning presence.
Sundance is VERY quiet, always. No buck, good to do anything at all with. She's very quiet on the ground, if you have children around, and she is still growing. Her colour does change from a brownish colour to dark dun to black and dapples. Her dam is palomino, and we think she is a black buckskin.