Denver is a very handsome 2005, Appendix standing at 16hh. This elegant guy is looking for a lovely place to enjoy as his new home. He was born at his current farm and raised by his current owner. He is loved and well cared for but due to downsizing, he is needing someone to take him on.
Denver is a friendly sweetheart, that is full of life with an engaging personality. He does have a history of arthritis, which his mother also had. This mainly appears to be affecting his front legs and left hind. He currently has front shoes with pads for relief. He has been out of consistent work for around 2 years so is demonstrating stiffness. Likely, with lighter and more regular work, a good maintenance plan (medication) with veterinarian and farrier, he will be a sounder riding partner. He will need to be brought back into work in a thoughtful way because of this or kept as a companion. Please note that Denver was not seen tacked or ridden for our in person visit.
He is super for general handling; grooming, leading, cross ties, stall, farrier etc. He’s not a fan of flies (but who is?). He is fine to live alone but his owner would like to see him with or close to others. He’d likely be a great babysitter in the field for younger horses, as he tends to be the alpha and has a fun and playful character.
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 managed/ be aware of arthritic changes etc. He’d be best suited to flatwork in the ring as an English, Western or pleasure type of horse. It was noted that he hasn’t been on extensive trails but he’d likely enjoy those. His current owner prefers for Denver not to be a part of lesson programs with multiple riders at this time.
Denver does crib but currently does not use any method to control this (at owner’s preference). He loves mints and sometimes is a little nippy. He has an impressive disposition for being the only horse in the barn. He was quite tolerant of his rambunctious canine friend that joined him for most on his assessment! He enjoys spending time with kids and teens.
He is up to date with the farrier, vet visit, and Coggins. He does need a booster shot prior to him finding his new person. His current owner will take care of this.
Denver is priced at $1,500. His owner has generously offered to donate that amount to METS when Denver has been transitioned!