Last Saturday we drove out to BFE and back to see a horse. The horse himself didn’t necessarily sound very promising. We were told he had trust issues and a gimp. What we found was a little bit different.
Casey was a throw-away horse. He’d been bought at auction the previous fall in a herd disposal sale. His previous owner had died. He was bought for his bloodlines. Now he was being dumped because he didn’t make a very good roping horse.
We’ve had Casey now for almost a week. Here’s what I’ve learned about him so far:
– He’s a goof ball! He has a personality if you spend time with him. He’s loving and playful. And he seeks out attention if you give him a chance.
– He likes cookies.
– He’s head shy. Not bad, but he doesn’t like his face brushed and you have to stand “just so” to get his halter on.
– He doesn’t really like to stand still. We’re working on that one.
– He has ouchie feet and needs shoes. I’m pretty sure this is where the gimp comes from. He’ll get shoes the next time the farrier is out. (He had been standing on gravel and then longed on hard clay when we saw him. No sign of limp on the concrete isle or for the short strolls we’ve taken since he came home.)
– He’s Western Pleasure trained and I’m pretty sure he was a show pony in his past life somewhere.
– He’s been through 5 owners in 2007, of which, I think 3 were horse traders and the next to last one had a ranch in Idaho. He died which is why Casey went through the Hermiston auction.
-He’s 7 yrs old and he’s a Zippo Pine Bar great-grand baby.
That’s what we know so far. I’ll keep you posted with his progress as time goes by.