Luna Dayssi, my 10 year old registered Haflinger Mare is looking for a new home with someone who will enjoy riding and loving her every day.
Dayssi is trained for trail riding, smooth at the trot, does well going up and down the ravines, over bridges and thru creeks. We ride her on a loose rein, moves off your legs and I’ve had many people on her. She’s very good with ground training and has been trained in natural horsemanship. She rides on the logging roads behind my home, loves Lords Hill trails, and lots of miles up at Lester Hilde as I have a membership at Cowboy Campsite Harry Osborne (over 100 miles of trails). She trailers very well, picks up her feet, stands for the farrier, bathes, never been shaved, does not like thermometers in her rear and loves being groomed. She is very smart so you have to keep up with her, if you are looking for a dull trail horse she is not the one for you.
We do a lot of lunging and ground work in our small arena, but as we both would rather be on the trails we don’t have much time riding in an arena. I’ve trained her so that beginners can ride her if I’m with them, but not for a beginner because like a lot of Haflingers, she is very strong and can be pushy so she needs a strong partner who knows how to enforce good ground manners and can manage her in new environments. She loves people and is a total clown. She stands, and tolerates almost everything. She is out of the A line and has excellent pedigree.
Here is a video of her free-lunging with her sister: Facebook Video of Luna Dayssi
Her mother, Dissi was imported from Austria, and her dad Bello Karino from Eastern Washington. I got her at 16 months in 2013, she will be 10 years old May of 2022. She’s more the classic style which means she’s bigger than the current sports style that they’re breeding more of. She’s 14.1 or 14.2, wears an 82 blanket so yes she’s a big girl.
I’m going to be picky where she goes. I would prefer her to be at somebody’s home and not a stable. For sure she’s not a stall horse (she never has been in a closed stall), but she’s also not a pasture horse as Haflinger’s can overeat. She needs a dry lot with limited pasture and eat Low carb hay as she is a super easy keeper. She’s been mixed with her sister a Mustang for the last 7 years and before that was in a herd when she was young. She was raised with Llamas and lately she been sharing the pasture with 3 Boer goats. Her sister is the lead horse so she will move fast to get out of her way.
A good friend who has 50 years of trail riding has been helping me ride and train her the last 3 years. As we usually ride with just ourselves, Dayssi needs more exposure riding in groups with strange horses, I did ride her with some friends last fall and she did fine in the middle of 2 horses she did not know. My friend has had some medical issues so Dayssi has not been ridden as much as I would like the last 6 months. I still make sure she is ridden on a regular basis but it has not been as much as she used to ride.
Luna Dayssi is great riding with dogs, does not spook when a bird flies out from the brush and has no problem with seeing Elk on the trails. She is used to the smell of bear and cougar as they live in the woods we ride. I have also trained her to ride by herself with no problems. I have worked on going back and forth on our logging roads, passing our trail head and going the other direction then back again to pass our trail head, stopping, being calm, going out again and walking calm on the way home. This is something that I feel is very important for a good trail horse to listen to what you want to do and not just go out and ride straight out and then back home.
My mini ranch is tucked up on a hill with no neighbors in sight so she is not used to a lot going on, when we are at Cowboy campsite she loves watching everything but she might take a few days to acclimate to new surroundings. She is fenced in with electric white tape, anything solid she will test and push.
Daysii does have a soft spot on the tip of her toe on her left hoof, she’s never been lame on it and the vet says it does not impact her sell or value, but she does need front shoes year-round and I have her feet done every 6 – 7 weeks. Her initial home did barefoot trimming and over filed her hoof. I just found out about hoof-armor so maybe that will solve the issue. She has never had colic, health issues, no sweet itch (like her sister) and never been lame. She is slightly allergic to Timothy but does well with orchard Grass or Teff (her allergies show up as coughing) so I am doing allergy shots and the coughing was only due to some really dusty local hay a year ago (the treatment is more of a preventative, she sister the mustang is really bad so I am used to doing them). Dr Dana Westerman has been her vet for the last 8 years and she just got her teeth and yearly exam done Nov of 2021. She has been on Platinum Performance vitamins and Haystack naturals special blend for the last many years. She is a little girthy so you need to cinch her slowly and I give her treats while cinching to help with that, it is not bad just something to be aware of. She knows how to untie a rope so you need to know how to tie correctly.
I have trained her with treats for positive reinforcement and mild corrections as needed. She is used to getting treats and I make sure she backs up and waits for them but if you do not manage her will she could be pushy. I personally like to give treats for good behavior (standing for hoof cleaning, putting the saddle on and cinching the girth to keep her from puffing out, standing in one place in the arena while doing free lunging, and she will come to a whistle), learning new things and just to make sure her gut is working well. I used to have a quarter horse who had a finicky tummy and giving her treats through out the day assured me she was healthy, so I keep that up with all my horses. Daysii will need to continue with some treats at least at first or she will be frustrated and not know why she is not getting them. She takes the treats very gently and I can have small children give them to her with supervision.
As she’s a big Haflinger she does need certain types of saddles and the treeless work well for her broad back. I have a Black Forest saddle that can go with her, including blankets, bridles, porta grazer feeder and other gear.
The reason why I am looking for a new home for Dayssi is that I realize I can only keep one horse going into retirement and my smaller Mustang is more my size and speed.
Luna Dayssi needs somebody who likes to ride on the trails year-round, keep her mind and body fresh and love to take care of their horses. She really needs to be loved and not be the second horse anymore. She’s the perfect age right now to make somebody a really nice horse to ride and get out on the trails.
I have never sold a horse before, I feel she is part of my family and need to make sure she finds a great long term home. While yes I am selling her, I am considering this a re-home and I will follow the process that quality dog breeders follow when placing their dogs.
I will be very hands on for the transition into her new home, so be prepared for that. I will also do an interview and home check for potential buyers. Please have references from your vet.
$9,000 starting with a Lease To Buy (with a buy-back clause) within a few hours of Monroe Washington as I need to make sure her new home works for both her and the humans.
Dayssi Radiographs 2013