Baloo is a rather lovely 2012 Dutch WB/TB cross standing at 15.2hh. He is clearly well bred and has an amazing personality to match. He is looking for a home that will continue to care and love him, as his current owner does. He will be most suited to an intermediate rider and handler. Ideally a home in which he will have a job in light work such as English pleasure, Therapeutic Riding or trail riding.
Baloo is bright, friendly and full of joy. He is a farm favorite, being loved by everyone that meets him. This chap is clearly talented but sadly was diagnosed with navicular in his front right hoof around a year ago. He was bred and purchased as an Eventing prospect, with a Fox Hunting and Jumper background. Due to his physical limitation, he is no longer suited to this career. His current owner has invested time and resources into keeping him sound and comfortable for Eventing: corrective shoeing, injections and medication which unfortunately was not successful. He is cleared by the veterinarian for lighter work. We had the pleasure of seeing him being ridden under saddle, without meds or corrective shoeing etc. He appeared remarkably sound after being out of work for a year. He had been ridden one week before our visit and then once more around 6 months ago to explore his new farm.
He was wonderful for all handling such as grooming, tacking, leading, mounting, being ridden (walk, trot, canter) and then for showering. He was loose in his stall for grooming/tacking and was a little ‘snippy’ by nibbling on the stall door. Otherwise he was a perfect gentleman. It was noted that he sometimes like to sneakily grab some grass when being led, which we saw, but he remained in control and well corrected. He greeted us in the field and was willing to head away from his friends to the barn for his photo shoot and ‘get to know you’ session. It is known that he can be a little playful with his things – he will pull blankets into the stall if given the chance.
For ridden work he would need an intermediate rider that has knowledge and understanding from a trainer on how to bring a horse safely back into work and how to manage/ be aware of Navicular changes etc. He’d be best suited to flatwork only, with his owner requesting a non-jumping home. As he has been out of work for some time, he may be a little ‘up’ when becoming fit again. We did not see any major negative behaviors under saddle or in hand at all and were impressed by his composure and willingness.
Baloo currently lives in a very large field with geldings only. He has not been seen with mares. It was mentioned that he can be a bit of a ladies’ man and tends to have his ‘winkle’ out for much of the time when being worked.
He is up to date with the farrier, vet visit, and Coggins. He does likely need a routine dental examination. He’s not always a fan of shots, but who is? He is barefoot currently and would be described as an easy keeper as far as feeding/weight etc.
His current owner can provide all medical records as needed.