Champ is a 5 year old quarterhorse gelding that has had approximately 50 rides on him this year. Kathi of GSH received a call about him stating he had cracked feet that needed time to heal, but that they just couldn’t afford to feed a horse with bad feet so if we didn’t take him, they’d shoot him. In meeting him we found a very sweet boy with nasty cracks. He loaded nicely and has settled in to his foster home very well. He will need time to let his hooves heal, and possibly shoes until the cracks grow out, but otherwise he’s ready to go to his new home! His fee covers his purchase price and transport fees to get him to foster.
UPDATE 10/5/11: Champ saw the farrier who says the cracks are not affecting the inner hoof wall and pronounced him sound, rideable, and with time and good nutrition the cracks should grow out. The hoofs may never be "pretty" but they WILL heal. Reportedly the farrier really liked his conformation!
UPDATE 10/11/11: Champ was ridden by his foster! She reports: For the blanket and saddle, he was a little nervous, but nothing major. He took the cinch very well. After walking him from the ground for a bit, I tested with weight in the stirrups before mounting. He did great. I was lead around pony ride style for a bit and he did great. He took the bridle like it was old school as well and didn’t play with the bit like new horses do. He responded fairly well to the bit; forward, right left and backing. He’s not 100% on neck reigning. We only walked him and we was very calm the whole time, didn’t get excited at all.
With this said, he has been herd/buddy sour and can be a little wild when we take him away from the other horses (we rode him inside last night with the other horses within sight). He panicked yesterday when he was by himself and was difficult to work with. I know this is something that can be worked out and we will be doing that. He isn’t a beginner horse (possibly could be in time and training). He is more of an upper-intermediate to advanced rider horse.
Adopter will be responsible for health papers and coggins.