Sonny's story with the HSSPCA begins in Sept of 2008 when he was confiscated with a large group of horses in Sumter County. He had extreme sunburn, especially on his face - in fact a large piece of flesh literally peeled off of the bridge of his nose. He was used as the "poster boy" for this tragedy, in order to draw more attention to the reality of this particular situation. He was fearful of all the people that just entered his life, and immediately went to a foster home where he was treated for his sunburn daily. He had a long road to recovery both physically and mentally. Fast forwarding to spring of 2010, when Gary and I first met Sonny, you would never have known his history with his sweet, quiet, calm, laid-back demeanor. He obviously had had lots of handling from his foster homes between 2008 to present. He halters, leads, and picks up his feet easily. He loves people, and will follow you around like puppy. During this evaluation, Gary and I put a saddle on him with no response from Sonny, and then even put weight in the saddle and he impressed us again with no response. We did not go any further than this at the time, and it is very likely that he has never been started under saddle. We just don't know. Sonny is very respectful and confident, and would be best suited for a gentle, mild person looking for a trail horse or a horse that could do obstacle courses or mounted shooting because he is just so laid back and naturally calm. However, we would highly suggest a person that is either experienced or working with a trainer due to the suspected level of Sonny's training under saddle. He will not always require this level of a rider, though, with his excellent disposition and would probably be beginner safe with some time under saddle. He has a great, solid, stocky build to accept a little heavier rider, probably up to about 190lbs or so. Because of the severe sunburn damage to his face, it is absolutely mandatory that he be kept in a heavily shaded turnout. Sweet Sonny is eagerly awaiting his special, new partner that will love him, give him lots of attention, allow him to experience life under saddle, and then take him on many adventures down the trails. Are you Sonny's special new partner?
The Humane Society/SPCA of Sumter County, Inc. horses' adoption fees vary mainly due to their training level but often average $400, so please ask about a specific horse. The adoption fee acts as a donation to help reimburse the fees that they have had to cover during the rehabilitation of many horses! Paperwork will need to be filled out through the HSSPCA for this horse to pre-qualify the potential new owner. See www.hsspca.org for additional information on the adoption process. Please note that the HSSPCA is an all-volunteer organization whose funding comes only from deductible donations by the public.
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