Kodiak had 30 starts and was in the top three places 15 times. His last race was 10/2/18. He came off the track 12/20/18. He is Retired Racehorse Project eligible and would be an excellent candidate for a first time retraining project. His race trainer loved him and took good care of him. He could have continued racing but he did well for her and she wanted him to have a soft landing.
Kodiak is very laid back. It is hard to believe he was a race horse.... (read more) He is willing, able, and interested in learning new things. He responds very well to praise. He began ground work 1/19 and mastered leading over cavellettis, poles, a blue tarp, and a mattress in his first session. After one session I broke my wrist and there he stood until summer.
He is short coupled and nicely built. He sticks at 15.2, standing on mushy gravel, give or take a half inch. He has straight legs and good feet; his shoes are pulled and hooves trimmed. He has shots and had his teeth done twice. He is dewormed including tapeworms and a power pac. He is a slight cribber while eating but that is subsiding and his cribbing is easily controlled with a strap. I did do the generic nexium ulcer treatment after the track but he has not been scoped.
Kodiak is soft and responsive in a French link snaffle. He has nice gaits and will go forward or slowly, depending on your request. He has figured out how to pick his way off-road through downed trees on the trail. He has an excellent stop and will stand after stopped or while being mounted. He is happy to see his human come into the barn and he would really like his own person. He has been ridden by four different riders and we all liked him. I think he sizes up his rider and adjusts himself accordingly.
Kodiak is RRP eligible and did not exceed the pre-December ride limit. He was ridden by a barefoot seven year old Amish boy on his second through tenth rides. He has been trail ridden at home and with a group of 13 horses at Malabar Farm (that is him on the far left side in the group photo). Kodiak is truly an amazing gem. He stood for a month, we pulled him out for a trail ride, and he was the same horse after a month off. He is at a boarding stable, learning to carry himself on the lunge line and on a loose rein under saddle. He had a dressage lesson and worked hard on rhythm, impulsion, and bending. He is an honest horse and tries to please his rider.
In my humble opinion Kodiak would be a wonderful candidate for those trail obstacle challenge competitions, ranch work, or mounted police horse. He needs to walk 100 - 200 miles in the woods, ala Denny Emerson style, to build up his muscle and topline. He is the perfect old lady's horse or young kid's horse, stepping up from a pony. He will be a true all-arounder, as he is willing and able to tackle whatever you put in front of him.
His dam sire, Malibu Moon, is known to throw horses with great temperaments, and Kodiak got a great disposition too. These Malibu Moon horses just want to make a person happy! As an RRP horse, this guy would be my first choice for competitive trail!! Eventually he will be able to tackle anything you point him at.
No known unsoundness but a pre purchase exam is certainly welcome at your expense. He started back to work December 1st. Message or text for more pictures. There are videos on YouTube of his dressage lesson on 12/22/19. One link is below and you can search under my user name for the other two.
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