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12 yr old TB gelding in need of a home

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  • 12 yr old TB gelding in need of a home

    I'm going to be honest about this horse and until someone actually is interested in giving him a home I will keep the names confidential. I don't want to say anything negative about anyone. But I think this horse could go on to have a very productive life and be very useful and does not need to be put to sleep due to current owner not wanting/able to put some effort and resources into making him better. would like to find him a home before she is ready to euthanize him.

    Full disclosure here - he is an OTTB who only ran 4 times, was very unsuccessful and from what I can gather was pretty much just turned out in a field after that and left. Was picked up by an upper level farm for resale and then when they didn't have time for him - I picked him up. He has schooled xc, been used for more advanced (not beginner) lessons, did some schooling shows with a couple of teens and adult amateurs, I had him on the market for sale but he's a plain brown wrapper of a TB and has some sensitive skin issues down here in the middle of the FL bugs, needs to be managed during the hottest part of the summer so he keeps sweating (ie; meaning not left out 24/7 with no shade or fan), he does roar slightly and was scoped and it showed that it should be no issues at all up thru prelim level, and he has a decent scar from what I was told was due to him getting cast under a fence (he had it when he came to me so that's all I know). *Scar does not bother him, bugs and sweating issues are not uncommon in the FL summers but it does have a negative effect when trying to sell a horse. I finally gave him to a client of mine whose daughter seemed to get on well with him. She even did some USEA events on him.

    Fast forward now -he started to show some odd symptoms late last summer/fall (of 2018) was even harder to keep his weight up, rubbing his mane and tail worse than his normal skin irritation, and was walking these odd round tracks in his paddock at night - not pacing the fence line, but oblong circles about 30 meters large in the middle of the field, and was sometimes acting like he was falling asleep while standing in the cross ties. We discussed issues with vet, tried all kinds of grain options, allegory pills, etc and then I said just to rule it out, why don't we run a titer to test for EPM. His results came back on the high side of normal. We decided to try treating for that in case we were catching the results just starting to climb. He did a month on the compound medication and Vit E. And we did see him improve. He weight started to come back, his coat got a shine to it again, he stopped walking circles.

    We started to put him back into light hacking/baby grids etc. as he had been off of work for a while during all this. Then he showed just a slight indication of a small set back after stopping the meds and going back to work and now they are basically ready to be done with him. I know that sometimes they need more than one round of the meds or you could try something different as I'm not 100% sure it was a full case of EPM. They have done no other treatment or investigation into what might be going on. There are other things going on here and the kid does have another horse that they intend to keep. The mom is going thru a pretty nasty divorce, kid has decided this horse is not as much fun as he was at first, and with resources being limited now, they are just wanting to put him down and not put any more time or effort into him.

    I would like to see this horse be given a chance to come back and be a useful mount even if its not jumping or eventing. I feel like this could be dug into a bit more and managed with a little investigation. I unfortunately do not have my own place or the resources to take him back on with board costs, vet, etc or I would.

    Positive points - he can go with out shoes, and has for most of the time I have known him, only had front shoes put on him when he was doing the most jumping and showing. Stands in cross ties, gets along with just about anyone we have turned him out with, no vices (other than scratching when bugs are bothering his skin), loads well. Can get a little 'hotter' away from home than at home but it gets better the more that he gets out.

    Anyone who wants more info or is interested in taking him on, please send me a message. I would even be willing to help ship him within a reasonable distance of my location here in FL. I have a truck and trailer to haul.
    Last edited by southerneventgirl; May. 21, 2019, 09:58 AM.
  • Original Poster

    I will add this to say - he goes completely sound! when trotting and cantering under saddle, even jumping small fences, he looks totally fine. He goes out in the field and is fine leading and playing with his pasture mate. I am not sure that what he has may just be sensitive skin but maybe the other symptoms is some sort of mild narcolepsy. I have NEVER seen him act odd under saddle or in his stall. Only ever doing the "fall asleep" look while being groomed in the cross ties.

    I'm happy to send any serious inquires current and past photos and video.


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      Thank you for sharing the candid details regarding this horse and for taking the initiative to find him a forever home. I am not in a position to help, but I know some people who may be willing to take him on. Have you posted this elsewhere? Like fb? Wellington Loxahatchee Classifieds? Hunter, Jumper, Ponies for Sale? Wishing you and this boy the best.


      • Original Poster

        I have not listed him anywhere else yet (I did talk to my vet about trying to find him a new home) but I'm reluctant to try and post anything on facebook as I am not ready to disclose individual names or betray their privacy. I know the mom is going thru a rough time in her divorce and move.


        • Original Poster

          Originally posted by BucketListJumper View Post
          Thank you for sharing the candid details regarding this horse and for taking the initiative to find him a forever home. I am not in a position to help, but I know some people who may be willing to take him on. Have you posted this elsewhere? Like fb? Wellington Loxahatchee Classifieds? Hunter, Jumper, Ponies for Sale? Wishing you and this boy the best.
          If you know of anyone I could contact about him, please let me know. You can private message me if you like. Thanks!!