Longhouse is a very thoughtful and wonderful 16.1 hh thoroughbred gelding, born in 2009. Very gentle soul and complete sweetheart. He is easy to handle and a pleasure to spend time with. He is a well-bred, imported Irish horse. Longhouse is looking for a companion only or possible light walk only home on gentle terrain with correct care and attention. His owner is open to him going outside of Maryland for the right person.
Longhouse is a retired and successful Steeple Chase racehorse. He is very well educated and trained. He has been used and worked at an established fox-hunting stables. He sadly was diagnosed with EPM after falling with a rider. He can no longer hold up to the rigorous life of a hunting horse. He was treated for EPM and his current stable manager, under the right care and guidance, said he might be able to be ridden on simple, flat terrain.
Longhouse thoroughly enjoyed our visit and the attention that he got. He is friendly and bright and really enjoyed his grooming session. He politely picked up all four feet and was very happy hanging out on the crossties while we chatted about him. He was very willing to head up onto the hill to have his photoshoot. You can tell that he is highly educated and was very polite and easy for all handling. He walked and trotted in hand beautifully and was lovely with his downward transitions. He is a very mild cribber that can easily be managed with a simple cribbing collar. We did not see any evidence of cribbing during our visit. His owner noted that he is somewhat herd bound but will settle down once with other friends.
Longhouse is a very easy keeper, living out in the field overnight in the winter unblanketed. He is equally as happy to come indoors and spend time in the stables. He has been previously turned out with three 30-year-old horses and was very kind and gentle. He has been turned out with mares but sometimes is a teeny-tiny bit stud-ish. He is a dominant, but fair, leader. He is currently barefoot but has been in shoes previously when in work. He did have a couple of quarter cracks, however, with routine good-quality farrier care he will be simple to maintain. He is up to date with vaccinations, but will need his coggins before moving to a good home.