Age (Year Born)
Delta is affectionately known as Delta Darling and is the sweetest friend you will ever have. Delta is an 8 year old holsteiner mare (unregistered) bred by Delta Holsteiners.
The breeder named her Delta Fornax (https://www.allbreedpedigree.com/fornax2) is out of Light of the Star (holsteiner) by HPQ Faffnier aka Fafnier (holsteiner).
Great breeding on both dam and sire side. Sire: Faffnier https://sporthorse-data.com/pedigree/hpq-faffnier is by HP Frontier - Australian warmblood, Grand Prix dressage.
Dam: Light of the Star was by Landstreicher - international Grand Prix jumper just like his sire Lander.
Delta is your typical sport horse, lives off the smell of an oily rag. Delta is very chunky and rides very big with ground covering strides. Delta has three well established paces and loves being in the dressage arena although she loves jumping too. I have owned Delta for three years and in that time I have taken her on a few outings - schooling sessions, one clinic, low level dressage competitions and Winter 'training' jumping (training more for me than her ha ha). Delta is good to hack out although can be spooky / looky when bringing her back into work. Delta is good at new places, takes her about 10 minutes to settle but good after that...this will only improve with more outings.
Delta is sensitive and I have learnt this is typical for warmblood horses. Delta does not need a whip and probably would fall to pieces if you used one - she is fine with a stern word. Delta LOVES to please! She tries very hard and if you ask her nicely, will do anything for you. Delta listens to what you are asking and figures it out quickly, has a smart head on her. Delta moves wonderfully and feels like she is floating across the ground.
Although Delta has had quite a few outings, she needs more exposure and someone who has time on their hands, and the experience, to bring a more junior (not green) horse on. I do not have the luxury of time and I do not have facilities. Delta is not your grab out the paddock and ride horse, she flourishes and thrives on regular work.
Delta has never bucked, kicked, bitten, reared or anything nasty. She is quite a chunky mare and requires a wide saddle. Soft mouth, she is in a Neue Schule turtle top, and does not pull. She has the best hooves I have ever seen, no shoes required, strong hooves. I clipped her last Winter and she was great. Good to throw the cover on even in high winds with the cover flapping about. Respectful when feeding.
Negatives: Delta trucked from Delta Holsteiners to M&R Horsemanship to be broken in, then trucked to Weiti Stables where I bought her (sold on behalf), then trucked to my property. I have a step up float and neighter Delta nor my daughters horse like it. It takes me a bit to get Delta into the float but since buying a Boeckmann, she is better with the ramp. Floating needs a bit of work.
She is out of work, needs to be brought back into work.
Is a bit sensitive with her off rear hoof for the farrier due to a previous farrier hitting her. Delta has no 'mare' tendencies, no squealing or PMS. Delta tends to be looky/spooky when out of work and also does not do well on paspalum grass.
I am open to Delta being leased either on-site or if you have a property near to Kumeu, provide references, and where I can visit her.
She is a VERY VERY special horse to me. I have hung onto her for longer than I should, I think I am over-horsed with Delta. Delta needs a confident rider who can guide her whereas I lost my confidence years ago (probably just old age) and am a bit of a scaredy-cat.
Delta is a character. She loves banana peels, pineapple peel, you name it. Will eat almost any hay so non-fussy. Delta will do anything for food, loves kisses and smooches. Will hang you with you all day if you are in her paddock.
I am very time-poor and unable to ride that often. I have held onto Delta as I love her, she brings me joy and makes my heart happy but she is a paddock ornament. She has so much talent, loves to please and I think will go far with dressage although she loves jumping as well and has jumping in her blood! A few of her siblings were exported to Australia.
Light of the Star