I've been on the search for a horse since we closed on our house in late February. Way back then I had a friend offer us a free older thoroughbred (they think he's about 22). At the time I figured I'd look to see what was out there and see if I could find a younger horse with a better known background (Gus was given to them last August when his previous owners left him with their foreclosed house
and the neighbor got tired of feeding him
Well, I've had almost no luck finding another horse, so today we finally went to meet Gus. He was very sweet and surprisingly spunky for an underweight 22 year old. I'm going to have to ask them how they decided on his age, since it wouldn't surprise me if he's younger and just looks ragged due to poor conditioning.
We was alert, sweet, very interested in food and unflappable. He'll need a refresher in proper ground manners, and since he's so skinny he's an unknown with regards to manners under saddle.
He needs groceries and muscle, teeth floated and a good trim, but my husband agreed we could take our "free" horse, understanding we'll probably be shelling out four or five hundred dollars in initial care for him.
Now the reward for reading my novel