Sweet 1/2 Arab gelding (Indiana) free to good home

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    10-19-2011, 12:00 PM
Sweet 1/2 Arab gelding (Indiana) free to good home

I've come to the heartbreaking realization I can no longer keep my 1/2 Arabian 1/2 Tennessee Walking Horse gelding, Ariel. Finances are such that I can't do right by him any longer and I need to give him up for the welfare of my family. He is suitable for light riding only due to a condition that prevents his blood from producing platelets. He seems to tire easily, but he doesn't require any medication.

I would give him to someone who could give him the basic care he needs and could prove to me they could provide him a good home. There are also about 15 square bales of grass hay and 4 big round bales of grass hay that go with him. Here is some information about him.

-20 years old last May
-well trained and has good ground manners
-responds well to a full-cheek snaffle
-I've always trail ridden him and I've taken him on the road quite a bit
-looks much younger than he is, very cute
-trailers well (at least in stock type trailer, not sure about the other kind)
-gets along great with all other livestock, especially goats
-light grey with "freckles" (ok...he's a flea bitten gray)
-hooves and legs seem sound, though hooves are a bit long and broken on the ends due to not being able to afford farrier, one trim would fix most of it though
-respects his electric fence
-no shots or coggins this year, but did have all his shots last year and a negative coggins last year, he hasn't been anywhere near any other horses in that time, he's always been responsibly and skillfully handled and cared for til now
-wormed with Ziremectin Gold
-likes children but they need to be supervised by a knowledgeable, experienced adult
-once he knows and trusts you he'll do anything for you, becomes very affectionate and bonded to people
-would be great companion for another horse or a person who would like a pet to groom and ride lightly
-he's not what my grandmother would call a "dead head", there is still some spirit in those bones, but he's very sensible about it
-I've known this horse his whole life and can answer questions about his history and even about his parents

That's all I can think of right now. I know its a long post, but I want anyone interested to know everything there is to know about him so they can make an informed decision. I just want to find Arie a good home where he'll be treated with the kindness he deserves for being such a good boy his whole life.
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    10-19-2011, 12:12 PM
Is he gaited? How much does he weigh? How Tall? And Pics?

Need to know so I can reference to a friend. He sound super sweet!
    10-19-2011, 01:33 PM
Unfortunately he's not gaited. Its too bad since he is a grandson of a world grand champion Walking Horse from the 70's called Ace's Sensation. You can google Ace, cause its interesting. Arie looks like his Arab sire (who was my lesson horse when I was 12, if that gives you a clue to his temperament). He could maybe pass for pure Arabian. You can't even see his Tennessee Walking side much. I don't know how to upload pics but I'll see what I can do. He's still cute in his winter hair. In his summer coat he's sort of gorgeous.

I can't believe I forgot to say how tall he is. He is 14.2 hands. He weighs between 950 and 1000 lbs. Really a big pony.
    10-19-2011, 07:19 PM
Beware charming people who will tell you what you want to hear and the horse goes to the nearest auction. You want to put a price on him, more than what the plants are willing to pay. At one time it was 5c lb so a horse the size of yours would have been worth $40. I'd suggest a couple of hundred as they are getting that in feed alone.
    10-19-2011, 07:21 PM
No platelets, does that make him a bleeder?
    10-19-2011, 10:22 PM
Please post pics :)
    10-19-2011, 11:21 PM
Green Broke
It's not always true that people that get free horses won't do right by them-I've gotten 2 free horses & was SO appreciative of the gift. One was already 24 when I got her-I loved her for 3 (or so) years, before she started getting weak in the rear & having trouble getting up or down, & I put her down(at the vet's) before she started getting panicked by it. My 2nd free horse is just now 20, & will be moving to AZ w/me & I'm looking forward to many years of pleasant trail riding w/him. If my health outlives the horses I now have, I hope to find another "free" horse to enjoy the trails of AZ,since, as a senior, my income is limited & I'd rather spend it on their care & maintenance than having to pay a lot for a horse that just needs some time & attention. So looking forward to being fully retired!
    10-20-2011, 09:46 AM
Originally Posted by Saddlebag    
Beware charming people who will tell you what you want to hear and the horse goes to the nearest auction. You want to put a price on him, more than what the plants are willing to pay. At one time it was 5c lb so a horse the size of yours would have been worth $40. I'd suggest a couple of hundred as they are getting that in feed alone.
My main reason for the free asking price is because of the condition with his platelets. Actually I was concerned about the very thing you mentioned and I appreciate your advice. When I post in my local paper I will post a price. I had hoped that posting here would bring things to the attention of true horse people. Unfortunately I know that's not always the case. I'll look for things like references from other members. The thought of him in the care of someone other than me is hard enough; thinking of him possibly sold for meat is unthinkable. He deserves so much better than that.

I'm not sure you'd call him a bleeder. He has had some problems with his gums swelling and leaking serum which he would wipe on his legs. It's not even that noticeable, but small areas of matted hair on his legs are what prompted me to get a blood test for him. Right now he seems normal and could be said to be in remission. I was planning on teaching him to use a bit-less bridle in case his mouth was sore. Last time I rode him that didn't seem to be an issue, though. Thanks for the questions and keep asking.
    10-20-2011, 10:00 AM
If I could take him I would be down there in an instant to look him over and take a look. But, unfortunately I am maxed out with my 3 right now. Please put a price on him. I know it is hard, but this way you know he goes to a home if they are willing to pay I can't say the quality of the home but it wouldn't be some processing plant. Also if your family is in need don't just give value away. If someone you know wants him than feel free to drop the price, but if its a stranger make sure they are willing to pay the price. Even if in the end you drop it.
    10-20-2011, 10:08 AM
Also, how much are vet bills and farrier costs there? Is there any way you can make him earn his keep pony rides or lessons? Or maybe you can find someone who is looking for a horse to ride that doesn't have their own that is willing to pay per ride.

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