Well, obviously if you were a "horse proffesinal" you'd know that TBs just have a "much higher matabilism."
I can't have another horse, but this guy might still have a lot of miles in him, and sure could use an upgrade. Any of my fellow Carolinians got room for one more?
Oh, geez, just noticed he's priced at $250 and "must go this weekend." Nice. NOT.
Duke is a 13-year-old Thouroughbred, never raced. He was raised most of his life in the mountains of NC. He rides perfectly (Western; never tried english). Currently shod. Duke has ridden in the Uwarrie Mountains, Raven Rock and multiple other areas. Duke is sure-footed; he does not spook to gunfire, cars or other loud noises. Duke has never bucked, but does slightly rear when aggravated though he has not done that for quite a while.
As far as TBs go Duke is pretty laid back. He does "charge the hill" (trot up hills) and loves doing so, but in genral he is fine just walking along, He will get up in speed if you ask but does not have to be running.
As with most TBs, Duke is a harder keeper; they do have a much higher matabilism. As long as there is grass or hay available and daily grain he is good. Duke does not build fat and he needs to be worked; he will build muscle VERY quickly. He currently rides with a Hackamore system.
Please call 910-814-1920 (this is a house phone so texts will not work.). We are horse proffesinals, we know he is still puting on wieght and dont need to be reminded of this.
I never rode a broke horse but then maybe I'm a sorry hand. - Ray Hunt
He's got a hollow hip, but is that divot on this back starvation or is there something wonky going on with his back?
I don't mind showing ribs (I'd rather see too skinny than too fat) but he looks old, nqr, and like work should not be high on the agenda. Too far for me to do anything about him (not to mention it's still freezing and I doubt he needs to be colder) but anyone local call on him and see if he's gone yet?
we don't know how long these proffesinals have had him. What we know is that he needs an upgrade...someone?????
I have seen starved horses and I don't think he looks wonky...just SKINNY. It's amazing how old they can look and then with some flesh...they can be gorgeous. Looks like he's a sweety. Husband horse material?? 17h.
I'm near Knoxville and have a lease on 30 acres of pasture for the next six months, if anyone can help get him here, I'll give it a go. We have just taken in two extra kids, so I have zero time for traveling at the moment, but I do have grass.
Bump. Has anyone called or emailed to see if he is still around? Anyone headed west who can get him to katyb? I'm in NC, but the western part. I don't currently have connections in the horse world in this area but would be happy to spread the word if he needs a place to stay overnight around here or something.
I just got off the phone with the owner of "Duke." Duke is still available and he will keep the horse until sold. The owner seems to have a genuine affection for the horse. He is not a professional, but stated he does a little training whatever that means. He is active military and moved to this property this past winter when the grass was dead; and, also anticipating moving out west to Wyoming sometime within the next year. He has a concern that area will be too cold for a TB.
He also stated the horse is getting 12 lbs of feed a day, is UTD on shots and always has a round or square bale out with him. He has had the horse approx. 16 months, when 2 owners back his original owner gave him to someone who did not really want the horse and the last owner provided the horse very little in the way of hay&grain before she sold the horse to him. He stated the horse does well on Purina Strategy and Horsemen's Edge. However on Purina Senior feed, the horse did not maintain his weight. He also stated that the horse needs to work to maintain muscle or he becomes too thin. The owner has been riding the horse up until about 10 days ago when owner injured his ankle and will be unable to ride again for 3 months & his concern is the horse will not maintain muscle/weight during that time frame.
I know this does not make a whole lot of sense to us but he seemed genuinely concerned for the welfare of the horse. He was very forthcoming about the horse including such things as the horse rides in a hackamore and dislikes the bit, Duke is very good with kids & does not buck or shy. Stated the ONLY TIME the horse got just a little nervous was on a very narrow mountain trail when the horse came face to face with a bear & that wasn't even a spook but more of a let's leave the bear alone type demeanor. He even went so far as to bring up what are Duke's favorite treats which is carrots; Duke doesn't really like apples but will take half of one on occasion.
In his opinion, the horse has no health issues and is sound. He was polite enough to offer to contact me if the horse gets sold to prevent anyone from making a wasted trip. And he volunteered the info that he does not buy horses for resale. Based upon what he told me, I suspect quality of the hay may be one issue.
In any event, he is firm on the price of $250, and it is in Duke's best interests if we can network for a good, knowledgeable home for him.
Sounds like teeth could be an issue too with him eating but not gaining weight and not liking the bit. At least he seems like he is trying, just uneducated. I crossposted him on my OTTB page with the info you shared, hopefully he can get an upgrade. Sounds like he could be an awfully nice horse with a little work.