Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: British Columbia, Canada
BC, Canada - big, beautiful, friendly Shire gelding
I keep hemming and hawing over doing this... but if the right home comes around, I know it would be the right thing to do. I've been struggling with some personal issues and as such have not been able to give him the attention he deserves. He is healthy; well fed and kept UTD on everything, but I feel like he's getting neglected only getting out 1-2x/week. I would love to see him go to a home where he'll be used and loved.
"TJ" is a 4 1/2 year old (born end of August) unregistered black sabino Shire gelding, standing at around 16.3hh (give or take a smidgen). This gelding has so much potential - amazing attitude, big lofty movement, friendly and social, eager to please and very polite and gentle to work with on the ground. He has been lightly started w/t - very laid back/steady and accepting, can be a bit stubborn and slow to react due to this (he will do whatever you ask of him if he knows who's boss tho) - but is still very very green so please experienced horse people only!
With training and time to mature, he could become the perfect family/husband horse - everyone who meets him falls in love with his gentle and affectionate nature. Gets along well with everyone - doesn't bat an eye to other strange livestock, doesn't pick fights. Super easy keeper - is on hay only with a vit/min supplement. UTD on everything, ties, leads, loads/hauls, stands for vet/farrier/worming. Has been ground driven some, taken to the beach and in the water, tons of trail and road experience, good in traffic and steady around sudden loud noises/objects/vehicles. For such a young horse, he not easily frightened although when not in consistent work can be a bit more alert - meaning he holds his head up higher and is more forward, which is about the extent of his "flighty-ness". His version of spooking is jolting forward a couple of steps with his head up - very cautious not to run into you, and stops right away, usually very calmly.
TJ comes with all of his current gear, including (optional) his feed and the last 60 or so bales of hay (good quality, green, leafy mix grass bales, 70 to 80lbs). If you are interested, or know of someone who may be, please shoot me a PM and we'll chat. I haven't listed his price as I am not sure what to ask yet, but am very willing to let him go very cheap to the right home. Will ETA with a quote when I figure that out.
I will get some confo shots of him this weekend - all I have right now are old, badly arranged pictures that make him look like a cammel/cow hybrid. I do have a couple of short clips of him stretching his legs - they're low quality and really don't do him justice, but they give you an idea of how he moves. Let me know your email address and I'll send them to you if interested. I will try and get a good video of him being free lunged in the arena sometime this weekend if the weather cooperates.
This is a one in a million horse, and I still think I am absolutely nuts to even think about letting him go, but I know there is someone out there who could give him a better home and really use him to his full potential (more than I'd be able to, at least).
I apologize in advance for this big block of text!