Flash had all the makings of a top event prospect and was training in that direction until, as a 4 year old, he decided to lay down next to the fence in his 10 acre field and roll, wrapping his right hind leg in the wire and cutting his hock and lower leg to the bone in several places. We tried to stitch it, but, of course, because of where it was, the stitches did not hold, so the leg had to heal with just bandaging. It did heal, but was left badly scarred. Unfortunately, the scar tissue caused impedment of the tendon, so Flash's event career was brought to an end before it could properly begin. Flash has one of those amazing temperments that allows him to be ridden every day, once a week, or once a month and always be the same. This gentle giant has given lessons to beginners, but is also fun for more advanced riders to ride as he is solid in all 3 gates, is well started in his latteral work, and is just an all around fun guy. He has a clownish personality, loves his people time, and is a barn favorite because he is always there to see what you are doing and if he can help. He can be somewhat frustrating for true beginners to ride, because if your cues aren't just right, he will not respond, but, get the cue right, and he reacts immediately, so he is a great lesson horse. He stands tied, is great with his feet, is excellent for the vet and farrier, and has no vices. He lives outside, is an easy keeper, gets along well with other horses, and is good to ride both in the arena and out on the roads. He has not been out on the trails, but has had a lot of road rides, has been ridden english, western and bareback, and is not bothered by much of anything. We use him as the lead horse when we take the young and squirrely ones out as he is calm and level headed, even if the youngsters are bouncing off of him. He does need to be shod if being ridden consistantly, and, if he gets overly tired or takes a misstep, he will develop a bit of a stringhalt type gate on his right hind, so he is best suited for lighter work--lessons in an arena or outside riding on gentle terrain. I think Flash would make a fantastic therapy horse with training and time to get used to the environment.
Company / Facility:
Shining Mountain Thoroughbreds -
Thoroughbred farm located in the beautiful Bitterroot valley of western Montana specializing in the raising and training of Thoroughbreds for the track and show careers and the rescuing and retraining of off the track Thoroughbreds in need of new homes