QH needs home out west/dryer climate up north
Charmer is a 7 yr old green broke QH -not his fault; he has been ridden and does well, but needs more time under saddle and consistent bit work. He is a mahogany bay (dark bay) with a small white patch around 1 pastern joint and a star/strip/snip on his face.
He is registered with the AQHA and also the National Foundation Quarter Horse Association. Pedigree seen here: Charmed By Excalibur Quarter Horse
He is super sweet, stands at 14.2 hands and approx 900 lbs. He is a very easy keeper, subsisting on our poorer quality field grasses and literally a handful of feed so he'll come up twice a day and be looked over (plus locked up while the other olders ones eat).
He easy to catch-most of the time :), loads, can be stalled, stands for shots and worming, stands for the farrier, ties, doesn't mind baths, fine with clippers all over, has ponied kids for me since he was 4. Not scared of little ones. Is content to lay his head on your shoulder, across your chest or in your arms for a hug and will stay there calmly. Takes treats nicely. Goes barefoot and has never had an abcess. He does have a few superficial cracks to the outer hoof wall, but they don't go any further and he's been on a biotin supplement to help him grow out a little faster. Farrier and vet believe they were stress related due to his heaves onset that we didn't realize was coming.
He is the the top guy here, but has NEVER been aggressive about it. No biting or kicking with his herd mates (that's not to say he doesn't, but I've never seen it in person). He doesn't even really lay his ears back. He just walks in a stall and the other horses move out of the way.
He walk, trots, canters, moves off of leg pressure better than bit cues, sidepasses, and backs. He has opened gates, but needs more work on that. He'll cross water/boggy areas and he's really too lazy to want to jump anything! He'll ride out with other horses fine and he's gone out by himself, but he's not real confident. He doesn't care where he is in the line up.
I've owned this horse since he was a year old. I started him with the help of my very experienced neighbor (my second horse to start). He's had a lot of ground work and a good amount of riding time, but he needs to get out and see more...gain experience. He would be much further along, but my very good friend passed away suddenly in late 2011 of cancer and I don't have the funds to pay to put him into training and I am not capable to take him further into more advanced training.
Now the not so great part. Charmer was recently diagnosed (1.5 months ago) with mild heaves. Not uncommon here considering all the molds and moisture and things blooming. He's actually allergic to our Johnson grass and July/Sept is the worst time when it goes to seed. He is being managed with a stall during the day time with 2 flakes of rinsed hay and 2cc's of Dexamethasone each morning ($14 a bottle and lasts us a month). We are building a dry lot pen this week, because we have no other way of keeping him off our grass.
Research has shown that moving them to a dryer/arid type climate can help them, or a place where he can have a stall and large drylot turnout only.
I am giving him away for free, but I am going to request a vet reference and I will call. I am happy to make a video of him doing various things so that one can see what he can do.
I will request that papers be signed with a first right of refusal for me, should the owner decide to rehome the horse.
He really is a great horse and I want him to go to someone great, even if it's just as a companion. I do still work him and he will cough a little, but I can't work him much right now because it stresses his breathing out. Keeping him stalled and in a small dry lot will be what will help him here and so that is what we are doing. But honestly my property has no place to really dry lot him (grass is thick and lush here). At this point we are building a small pen off his stall and cutting all the grass real short and it will eventually be grazed down to nubs.
Please contact me if you are interested. He is such a sweet boy that needs a different environment.
Earlier this spring...please excuse the longer toes...we were in the process of finding a farrier. He has nice feet now :)
Last week getting to come out for a little while, to hang with me and the other horses.
Poor baby. I dont know muh about heaves, but, as far as I can tell, dry, no grass dirt seems just about standard out here in CA. Its one heck of a culture shock in that respect!
shipping is a pain though. Maybe you can find someone moving towards all this lovely dirt anyway?
Are you in Louisiana?
He found his new home :) a few weeks ago. I couldn't be happier. It was a long day and we met halfway in Memphis, TN. His breeder is nearby, his new family reports that he is on no meds and no reoccurance thus far! Everyone is in love with him already and he charms everyone he meets :)
So happy for both you & Charmer! Glad to hear it worked out so well.
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