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(i can send you more pictures on request and he has a full video of his entire story on youtube under Strider's Story Watch Strider's Story ) I recommend watching the video before reading the ad because it's more inclusive.
I have a 13 yr old appaloosa/tennessee walker cross named Strider. He is 15 hh, utd on his vaccinations, worming, and farrier schedule. He is not gaited but has a gorgeous trot that would be great for a flat class with more training.... (read more)
He is one of my rescues that I took in about 5 months ago. He has a very sweet side to him and has made great progress in regaining a love for people. He also has never shown any aggression towards other animals and the only one in the pasture who doesn't push him around is my little hackney pony. He isn't pushy and goes out of his way to make sure he doesn't step on you or crowd your space. He comes when he's called, enjoys attention and will even lick and nuzzle on you if he's feeling particularly thankful that day. He is a horse who heavily bonds to his handler. Strider comes with a story so PLEASE read to the end.
I got him from a lady who rescued him after finding him being beaten into a horse trailer with a 2X4. With a little digging, she found out that he had been passed around to 5 different homes in only 6 months. It's hard to imagine how many homes he must have had in 13 years. Because of this, he was completely unresponsive to any form of affection and was terrified of touch of any kind.He was so scared when I got him that he wouldn't approach me for days. If I so much as lifted my hand to scratch my nose, he would go completely air born for fear that he was about to be beaten again. He was always waiting for the other shoe to drop and suspected any sudden movement to be violent and painful on contact. I found a scar that shows how early in his life his abuse started. There's a place where the saddle was left on him during what I can only assume was a growth spurt because the cinch grew into him like an embedded collar. You can still see where the meat was worn down to the bone. It's only superficial and long since healed but it imprinted a deep fear of the saddle. (you can see where it looks like a small triangle is missing on his chest in the picture)
It has taken me hours every day for months to undo the damage both physically and mentally. He has had such a long journey and I am so proud of how far he has come. He's made a great effort to think through his fears and bond with people. Now, I treat him the same as any other horse I have. He comes right up to the fence for affection and neighs a greeting to you across the pasture. I even let him completely loose to graze around the house with no worries. His relapses get less dramatic and farther apart as time passes. Things that used to send him into a full blown panic attack now either don't phase him at all or only get a quick flinch.
He trailers like a champ and will wander into the trailer on his own if I leave the door open. He's not head shy at all. Water hoses don't bother him at all. I just put it on jet and spray him like an SUV. He doesn't try to avoid the wormer medicine or even spit it out. He stands perfectly for the farrier and will sometimes pick his feet up and hand them up to you. Tarps don't spook him at all; he'll stomp right over them without a second thought. He ties like a car parks; no pawing, pulling, or pacing no matter how long he's there. He lunges great (walk/trot/halt) both directions. He doesn't mind water, mud, or ditches and I graze him almost every day on the side of a busy highways so no fear of cars, trucks, trailers, etc.. Barking dogs also don't phase him one bit. The deer graze in the pasture with him so I'm assuming they wouldn't bother him on a trail either.
I have ridden him multiple times but I'm not selling him as "broke" because it's potentially the only times in his life someone has. He's most comfortable in an eggbutt snaffle. NO harsh bits for him. He has experienced so much pain from people in his life that any discomfort is viewed as malicious. Again, please watch the video and share it with friends. I have spent a bit more than what I'm asking just to get him back to health in the months that I've had him. My biggest priority is a good, qualified home so please contact me if you're interested. I can't take a huge loss on the rescues I take in otherwise, I won't be able to afford to save another so please keep that in mind with your offers. Don't hesitate to call with ANY questions that you have about him. Thank you so much, and have a blessed day. 843-seven29-two903
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