Only a month has passed so far for 2022, and METS hasn’t had a chance to sit down! We had quite a few new faces enter our program. Make sure to check them out at mdequinetransition.org/horses/!
Dani and Moli
Pickles, with a name like that what’s not to love? This beautifully kind chap is a 15.2hh 2007 Thoroughbred gelding. He has the most pleasant disposition and calmness about him. Such a joy to spend time with and one of those horses you immediately fall in love with. He is looking for a perfect home and person to give him a place to become a welcomed and enjoyed companion horse. He is very easy going but has that lovely brightness and intelligence that TB’s bring with them. This guy has way more to offer than just being a beautiful lawn ornament. He loves children and all people alike. His current owner would be thrilled to see him go to a home that adores him as much as she and her family does.
Outwardly, Pickles is a picture of health. Bright eyes, coat and excellent condition. Sadly, this stoic guy was diagnosed with severe Kissing Spine in July 2021. After X-rays his current veterinarian advised full retirement from any sort of work. His current owner reported that he only showed signs of discomfort by kicking out after a collected canter. Otherwise he was a true gentleman and kept his issues to himself. A new home would need to honor and respect the fact that retirement is the kindest option for Pickles. He currently is on Prevacox daily and is incredibly comfortable with no reaction or sensitively at all to palpation. His current owner feels he may well be fine to reduce medication, but that is yet to be determined.
Pickles has an impressive past career being purchased recently from Aiken, SC in Feb 2021 and brought up to MD. He has tons of experience in Hunter/Jumper, Eventing, Foxhunting and Trails. It’s easy to see why he is such a well-rounded chap for handling and spending time with. He was super for haltering, grooming, general handling and crossties. He checked every box on our list. His owner did state that he has been a little wary, as of late, to go into wash stall. Mainly because she felt he associated that space with being worked. Obviously now, we know that he was internally having issues with that side of life. We saw him happily going in to wash stall on the day of our visit.
Pickles currently lives in a small herd with one Hafliginer gelding and a mini donkey called Jack. He has turnout 24 hrs daily, with access to a large run-in shed. He prefers to have company in the paddock, like most all horses, as his owner noted that he becomes a little unsettled if the other horse is taken out and away from him. Nothing too drastic, of course. He lives at a lovely private home that also has free ranges chickens. He is more of a leader in the field but remains considerate to his herd mates. He is up to date with the farrier, dentist, vet visit, Coggins and vaccinations (as of Spring 21). He is currently bare foot, just having his shoes pulled at the last visit so his feet, which are in fair condition, may need a little time to adjust to being without front shoes. He comes with all blankets if needs be. His owner will consider an out of state home for the right person.
*UPDATE 11/1/21: Pickles is now completely off Prevacox with no issues*
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