I'm so glad that most of the horses and the really pretty ones are on the other side of the country! Though I have been tempted. Once I find a home for my filly I will be in the market for another horse...
Ummm have you checked his start record..he is 4 started 7 times. In 2011 he ran 2/11..3/11....4/11...then no appearance until 2/12 and has run off and on w/ pretty big gaps for a sound 4yr old...just saying....???
I thought I’d come find this thread and give you guys an update on this one in case you were interested…he came home with me yesterday! I’ve been volunteering for CANTER MA now for 7 years, 3rd years of doing the rounds at Laurel Park – and in those 7 years this is the first one I’ve wanted enough to stop second-guessing myself and bring him home. Kinda remarkable given all the temptations, huh?
He has a wonderful disposition - amazingly sweet. Not drugged he really is just that quiet. His trainer told me months ago that he was going to put him on the CANTER list when the turf season began to wrap up, and since our introduction I would visit him every time I did a track run. Besides his sweet temperament, I really love his big face and that touch-of-Roman nose.
I won’t argue that his conformation is perfect…I personally tend to think that very few are perfect and the question will always come down to how much faith you would put on the soundness of their faults. I’m so grateful every day that I didn’t pass my current guy up over the extremely long back he has. That said, I also don’t think the picture did justice (which is often how I feel about the CANTER volunteer photos, including mine.) His actual angles in person are much better than the photo, IMO (especially his shoulder.) Ironically, when I first listed him I didn’t think I was ready to take on a 2nd horse, I was still trying to put him out of my mind…so when I read this thread, I actually went by to re-take photos of him at my next run, because I thought I could get a better shot. The trainer waved me off and said no need, he had plenty of calls and interest already. Fortunately for me, my nerve to take on a 2nd horse materialized before cash from the interested parties did. (It also helped that the trainer wanted to run him once more before letting him go!)
So “Nat”, as he will now be called, has settled nicely into his new home and will spend some time just hangin’ out. @ShearConvenience, maybe sometime next year he’ll be one of the horses you’re braiding.
Even though this was a chestnut thread, those of you still window-shopping on CANTER, let me put in a plug for Hamilton's other listing at Laurel, the black mare....she is quite the looker in person too!!
"To understand the soul of a horse is the closest human beings can come to knowing perfection."
Good for you ! I hope he turns out to be everything you want. I brought home a chestnut with chrome about 7 years ago who had some funky-looking long pasterns, but he had a great mind and has been wonderful ! *knock on wood - no soundness issues ever !*