Anyone own a Cleveland Bay?

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Hi,


Im currently looking to buy a horse after loosing my mare last year, been looking for 4 months now but not having good experiences.

I've seen a very well bred full Cleveland Bay for sale locally which seems to tick the boxes but dont know much about the breed. Does anyone own a Cleveland Bay and what are they like, temperament etc?

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yup, we have one (a part bred x tb) who is an utter legend, and would have another in a heart beat (we keep dream shopping on stud sites lol!).
What are you after in a horse and can you tell us anything more about the one you are looking at - the CB world is a small one lol!
 

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Me!

Agree with the others! Let us know who this horse is and we might be able to help some more!

Mine is a lovely kind gentle boy, soft as butter with a real cheeky side. loves to be busy, is polite (most of the time) under saddle,stops if come off (even if our companion carries on) so I guess you could call him loyal... but at the same time he's a very big, very powerful and very easy to missunderstand lad, who in the wrong hands could be a disaster waiting to happen. He's strong willed and determined... some might call it stubborn... I call it intelligence ;)... He, despite backing him myself has taught ME a great deal since I got him at 16 months of age...

Depending on what your plans are for this horse, I think you're quite right to be very thorough wih your research on the breed as there are some not so good ones about too ;)
 

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Used to ride a 17.2 CB X Welsh cob. I would have one or a cross again...I loved him dearly and was lovely to ride. i had to give him up as he got too much for me when fit...he had a tendency to bolt!

In the right hands I love the breed...the one I used to ride had some bad habits because the owner had let too many novices ride him and he was clever.

The traits I remember, very honest (most of the time!), very intelligent and super comfy!

Good luck in your hunt.
 

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Just as a point of reference, the Welsh Cob is known as the poor mans Cleveland bay in some walks of life, I am told..

Agree with CB fan.. They are very clever horses and much misinterpreted.. It's more about a Clevie choosing you and being the right human for the breed rather than the other way around.. This has also been said by the CBHS!

I know of a woman who used to be on a yard my mum was on with three dead clevelands because she didn't understand them..

My lot are all like chalk and cheese from one another but fundamentally the same basic characteristics..

The reason knowing the horses name has been requested is that if we don't know the actual horse, we might know the parents or other relatives which can help us help you better..

They are a fantastic versatile breed in the right hands that will and can do anything for their humans but you must maintain a dialogue with them and they must understand what you need or ask.. If not, this is where the unsavoury reputation that comes with some Clevies comes into play in my opinion.. You telling them or them telling you can only lead to arguments!!!

Gotta love the Cleveland Bay horse :)
 
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Thanks everyone for your replies.

I'll find out some more information on the breeding, unfortunately doesnt say the horse's name or breeding on the advert.

I'm looking for a horse to use as an alrounder really, mainly focussing on dressage and showing but I do like to have a jump occassionally. Ideally wanting a youngter to bring on but must have seen a bit of life.

The horse advertised is 4 yrs old, was backed last year and turned away but been shown successfully as a youngster.
I'm used to quite quirky horses, I backed my last horse and after alot of hard work we got to medium level dressage, sadly lost her to colic last year. Ideally would like something a little more straight forward this time, last horse was so marish and temperamental!

Is there any blood lines I should avoid?
 

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We have cb x wb and she can be a proper madam!! Turning 6 this year & seems to be mentally growing up at last, still needs to be reminded who is boss as she does pretend to forget! Can be lovely when she wants to be tho!
 

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CB x Hannovarian had her 14 years so far and is a real character. Still acts like a 4yo when the mood takes her and she has a home for life . She will never be a plodder and we love her to bits
 

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Yep! I have 2 now - Woooo Hoo!

Yes they can be stubborn - but get them onside and they will be on your side forever.

You cant do anything but love a horse who when you fall off (Human error) whilst out hunting, it turns around and comes to find you, nudging your shoulder as if to say, come on Mum plenty more hedges yet!
 

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Thanks everyone for your replies.

I'll find out some more information on the breeding, unfortunately doesnt say the horse's name or breeding on the advert.

I'm looking for a horse to use as an alrounder really, mainly focussing on dressage and showing but I do like to have a jump occassionally. Ideally wanting a youngter to bring on but must have seen a bit of life.

The horse advertised is 4 yrs old, was backed last year and turned away but been shown successfully as a youngster.
I'm used to quite quirky horses, I backed my last horse and after alot of hard work we got to medium level dressage, sadly lost her to colic last year. Ideally would like something a little more straight forward this time, last horse was so marish and temperamental!

Is there any blood lines I should avoid?
I think you'll find a CB suits your requirement as an alrounder... they also tend to be quite laid back (thats not to say they are a push over! far from it!) but can have their 'spirited' moments ( mine likes to throw in a surprise buck every now and then!) but he is as honest as they come and, despite having only been hacked once or twice a week for the last 6 months will go past virtually anything without batting an eyelid - even when his 'nanny' refuses! Mine isn't the sort to throw his toys out of the pram and throw himself around at all... he tries his heart out - even when he finds things hard. LOVE HIM!

Find out her name / breeding and we might be able to tell you a thing or two more... some or all of us may have a relative :)
 

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I have a Cleveland Bay x TB who is a gem. She's 17 and is fabulous for her age, although she is very "low mileage".

She can be trusted with absolute beginners where the worst she'll do is stop, but equally with a more experienced rider can go quite well. She likes to be asked rather than told what to do though!

I think they are a beautiful breed and it's a shame they are on the endangered list.
 

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My boy is CBxISH 18.1hh very short coupled and agile. Love him to bits,have hunted his legs off. From the ground he is like a big dog, will follow you anywhere, free schooling is fab, can be a bit stubborn,likes to take his time loading,never refuses to go in just likes to view the surroundings from the ramp :D:D
 

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We have a CBxTB mare, when she's good, she's brilliant, when she's bad (in season/spring grass) We would happily put a bullet in her.
For all our sakes, she is now with our daughter in Southampton, who has a special bond with her, but even being naughty, a joy to watch
 

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Had a CBX,- had a mind of her own, a week after having her I was standing letting her graze at the side of the lane waiting for a friend to bring her horse out. She turned her back on me, pulled the reins out of my hands and set off at a spanking trot down the lane, onto the main road and two miles to her stable! When we caught up with her she was cringing in the corner obviously expecting to be walloped. Not had a very happy life. I loved her dearly and sadly lost her with arthritis. Never knew if you would still have her by the time you got to the top of the field. Smile now but didn't then.
 

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I have a CBxTB and now he is my horse of a lifetime - though we did have many tears and tantrums along the way.

He is very intelligent which makes him trainable (but also makes him a little too clever at times). Loves work and people and generally wants to be in the middle of everything.

Would definitely have another.
 

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likes to take his time loading,never refuses to go in just likes to view the surroundings from the ramp :D:D
haha! you could be describing my boy there! ;)

One of the technicians at the vets recently said to me 'it's nice to see someone handle their horse with a bit of patience' to which I replied 'I don't really have a lot of choice!' lol!
 

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How did I miss this post? I have a stallion, 3 pure bred mares, a pure bred and a part-bred filly and a 33 year old gelding who I am sure is a part-bred but no history.

Love them all to bits. One mare was purchased for my 55 year old husband who had just taken up riding for the first time, she has never given him a moment's anxiety.

My 8 year old mare has stunning paces and lots of power, at 4 years old when I bought her, she was bargy, bad tempered and naughty with vet and farrier. Lots of love and affection, routine handling and plenty of work she is a star.

Lots of good CB's on the CBHS website right now. If you buy a youngster be prepared to put the work in and you will reap rewards.
 

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I have a CB mare, she is clever and stubborn like the others have said!

The best thing about her is that she looks after me no matter what, she will tell you she is unhappy but never take it to a level that is dangerous. She is also very affectionate (once you have won her over!)

She also does the lorry ramp stop- just to have a look around!
 

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I just remembered the funniest thing that the 17.2 CB X Welsh did.

Picture this....HUGE yellow dun beastie, very heavy! We were riding in the forest and came across a fire engine...that was ok but we then had to get the horses to step over the big yellow hose going across the road!!!

1st pony went over...bit of a hop, 2nd pony skipped about then stepped over...my boy decided that the hose needed further investigation....he sniffed it, jumped about a bit, then decided it must be killed and started stomping on it !!!!! :D

I would definately look into a CB - the one I rode for 2 years gave me many lovely memories....will never forget the big scary yellow snake he saved us all from that day....very grateful!!:D
 

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I just remembered the funniest thing that the 17.2 CB X Welsh did.

Picture this....HUGE yellow dun beastie, very heavy! We were riding in the forest and came across a fire engine...that was ok but we then had to get the horses to step over the big yellow hose going across the road!!!

1st pony went over...bit of a hop, 2nd pony skipped about then stepped over...my boy decided that the hose needed further investigation....he sniffed it, jumped about a bit, then decided it must be killed and started stomping on it !!!!! :D

I would definately look into a CB - the one I rode for 2 years gave me many lovely memories....will never forget the big scary yellow snake he saved us all from that day....very grateful!!:D
Haha! That made me giggle! My boy likes to stop and sniff things he is scared of to understand them too... I thought it was because I trained him to do it, but maybe not! lol!
 

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Nope but I'd look at them both! I have been oggling outlaw in particular for a while...he appears the nicest to me from the description and the photos... if you're interested, see them both... and a few more :)

Some more knowledgeable folks will be along soon ;)
 

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My friend bred Gunner.. I asked if she had any info to pass on but she thinks she's in touch with the person asking??

The whippletree clevelands and the other horses that have been through their hands are very well put together, well mannered, lovely animals.. I have two of their two year olds..
 

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I've got a part bred. As others have said he is a very clever horse and if you don't occupy his mind he will find something to occupy it himself!

He has tried his hand at everything from Hacking & Dressage to XC and Le Trec. Definitely an all rounder. I love the fact that he is so honest to ride (most of the time). He is the same to ride once a week as he is every day. He does have a (huge) buck in him, but now he is into his teens we rarely see it.

The pieces of advice his breeder gave me were:

1) Never start an argument you can't win, however small. Once a CB knows you can be beaten you are in trouble. I've know a couple who have been allowed to be unmannered and they have quickly got very difficult.

2) Never show your CB how to do anything you don't want him to do FOREVER. I still haven't forgiven my mother for teaching mine how to undo Velcro. I have to tape him into travel boots! My OH reacted loudly the first time they met and Fitz covered him in snot. Over 10 years later its the first thing on the agenda whenever OH appears.

3) CB's were bred to work and work hard. The more you do with them the more they love it. This certainly holds for mine, the fitter you get him the lovelier and more willing he becomes. His favourite thing is to trot and trot and trot around the lanes. He sulks when we walk, apparently it is for wimps!

My next horse will be a full bred. I don't think I could have anything else now.
 

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My friend bred Gunner.. I asked if she had any info to pass on but she thinks she's in touch with the person asking??

The whippletree clevelands and the other horses that have been through their hands are very well put together, well mannered, lovely animals.. I have two of their two year olds..
If this is in reference to my post, then nope, defo not in touch :) Am only semi-looking so haven't contacted anyone and suspect both would be somewhat out of my price range ;)
 

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My unbacked just turning 4yo was £3k 8 years ago, got him knocked down to £2.3k.. His unbacked sister was £2.6k 6 years ago..

I know of just backed 6yo for £5k though, exceptional talent and fab breeding and 3 yo for £3.5 plus..

Depends what you want really and what your budget is..
 
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