This is my new rescue thoroughbred gelding bayberry at his first show on the 17th. We had gotten him a week earlier on the 9th. He's come SUCHHH a long way .Heres a few pictures of him . Tell me what you think of this hunk (:
I'm confused as to how he's a rescue. He looks good, up to weight, good over fences... how is he a rescue?
You guys looks good together. You look like a good team, especially after only having him for a week! As for you, you look like a very good rider. In the first picture it looks like you are pinching with your knee a bit, but in the next picture you aren't. In the flat picture, it looks like you are planting your hands, but it could very well be the angle of the photo.
He is surely a rescue. He was a harness racer when he was a youngster and his legs grew too fast for his body to catch up and he was stumbling and all so his olderrr owner abused him in the stall and stopped feeding him because of his losses at the track . So a lady got him for free, fed him but kept him in a stall which he does NOT like, and finally could not handle him and gave him to a rescue facility. You wouldnt know that he's a rescue but he is. He's been one ever since he was about 8 and he's 13 now . He cannot be stalled, and he has herd bound issues, but we don't stall our horses unless its an emergency or pregnancy . He's gotten better at being alone and is a TOTALLY different horse under saddle. You wouldnt even believe his past life when you see him in person under saddle.
Well we are thinking that he might possibly be a standardbred . We've been told thoroughbred but he has the movement, the physical looks of a standardbred . Who knows you can never go by the rescues . They never get all the correct information .
Thanks though (: he's a greatttt boy with SOOO much potential .
I've never heard of thoroughbreds being harnessed raced. Maybe I'm out of the loop or its something you lot do in America, lol. I've heavily owned standardbreds most of my teen and now adult life (all my three horses are NZ SBs) and I've never heard of TBs crossing over into harness... why? Because SBs are classed inferior than TBs in the racing world and therefore it would be degrading a TB if it were to be put in harness... plus it means that TB would not be allowed to race against the SBs.
Anywho, confused rant over, may I say that he's not a rescue anymore? I'm not sure what overseas opinions are of a rescue... but as soon as you've got the horse schooling the way you have etc, he's no longer a rescue... he WAS, now he's just a horse with and I say this loosely - 'issues'... My SB mare was a rescue 6yrs ago... but you couldn't call her that now, but because of her past, she still has 'issues' to work through!
The horse is lovely. Keen about jumping! Lovely head on him!
I do believe he is a standardbred just by his physical apperance and movements . So does my trainer . The first owner who had him as a baby and a harness racer , said he was raced ONLY once or twice . And he even had a registered name . But so he is not tattooed . And they don't give out race information to other owneres just to assure that the horse is not raced again . So we have no way of getting them . Im not sure . Where I live we're not too far away from the race tracks but we don't know alot of info on them so we're not TOO worried about it . He's home . He enjoys what he does . So we're happy lol
But about the rescues , no he is not considered a rescue anymore . He may have those moments where he has "memories" of his past , like a rescue , but that's just normal . He'll overcome that and he already has . One-on-one is all he needs . Some tlc .