Acaciavej Shadowy Prince S24078
Owners and Breeder: Adam & Tracy Nutting
From the moment this colt hit the ground he has had an endearing, delightful, easy temperament. This has made it very easy to campaign him successfully in a variety of disciplines and partake in many other ‘fun’ events.
As a yearling Prince was shown in hand regularly, establishing our ground rules for appropriate colt behavior when out in company. As a 4yo he was lightly shown under saddle in readiness for our main equine pursuit, endurance.
Prince competed in endurance rides (80km plus) from November 2009 until October 2014. In this time Prince was breeding mares, a small amount of showing and the occasional different type of event for fun ie a navigation ride. On all occasions Prince was never concerned by other horses about him, he had his job to do and that’s all that mattered to him. He was never a problem at an endurance ride with many occasions on the endurance track inexperienced riders asking why I was wearing a blue bib and what did it mean! Prince was so well-behaved that people didn’t realise he was a stallion. He never required anything to dull his sense of smell, as some stallions do, and I only ever handled him in a rope halter and for riding, a simple snaffle bit. Many times he helped a horse complete their leg, as they were young and inexperienced and needed a buddy to keep them going. His first 100miler(160km) completion was done by himself for the last 150km! At many rides we rode in a variety of mixed company with absolutely no fuss or bother. Prince would happily lead or follow, fitting in with the other horses around us to make it easy for everybody. Prince acquired many ‘fans’ with his no-fuss attitude at rides and there are now endurance riders proudly stating that they own a Prince ‘baby’.
At the Tas ARAB’s Navigation Ride, he rode along with a mare, leaving her a couple of times to go onto a diversion track to get the tag, coming back to meet up with her again a little further along. Once again out on track when meeting other horses Prince displayed his usual self-confidence in himself and me. There was a job to do, so let’s do it, with minimal fuss and superb manners and we continued with our friend and her mare, to complete the course very well. Once again acquiring admirers for the sensible Arabian stallion.
At a couple of shows he was challenged by another stallion, Prince calmly looked at him as if to say ‘it’s ok buddy, my mares are at home and I am not fussed as to your intentions’.
In 2014 we had a bad accident with me requiring shoulder surgery and Prince sustaining a very bad suspensory ligament tear. This forced us out of endurance but has opened our minds to other disciplines since 2016!
As my favourite riding horse pre-injury and once we had the all clear from the vet, Prince was not going to stay in the paddock as an ornament and breeding stallion only!