Mambo!!!! This sturdy 2008, 15.3hh OTTB gelding is going to be a super fun and super special horse for someone. He is cool, collected and a real sweetheart. He of course is still a TB and really brightens up once tacked and heading out to work. He is playful and full of life, but in all the ways you would wish from a truly wonderful equine partner. He’s looking for an intermediate + rider to bring him back up to fitness, and head out into the world in whichever direction they wish. He’d likely make a lovely lower-level eventing horse, with the brain and ability that is desirable for this sport. Equally, he may also fit in well with the hunter or dressage world. Overall, he’s just a fun and pleasant guy to spend time with.
Mambo is in great health overall, is on no medication and is generally an easy keeper. He is however not a fan of cold wet weather and needs to be partially stalled, as opposed to 24hr turnout. He is currently shod all round for support. If on 24hr turnout his feet do not hold up well. He can however go without hind shoes but tends to be more balanced behind when shod all round and in full work.
Mambo has a history of racing and then a second career focusing on dressage, including showing. For our assessment, he had had 3 days off. He was excited to get out to the ring once bridled. He was not too unruly and was willing to settle once corrected. We saw him on the lunge at the walk, trot and canter. He did show us a few bunny hops from excitement. Nothing we saw was any cause for alarm for the appropriate level of rider and handler. He was not mean or deliberate. His owner informed us that when he is in routine work a few times a week, he will not display bucking. He has been out of consistent work for around 18 months. More recently he has begun work on the lunge and short sessions under saddle. He’ll be in a good spot for someone to continue to develop fitness in their own way.
He was super for haltering, grooming, leading (apart from one little blip and going for the grass), general handling and crossties. He’s super sweet and calm in the stall and grooming area. He stood obediently, unsecured, with his stall door open while he waited for mom to bring more cookies and his brushes. He’s a total lovebug for sure.
Mambo currently has partial turnout which is adjusted according to the weather. He goes out with a small group of geldings. He is neutral in the pecking order. He is up to date with the farrier, dentist, vet visit, Coggins and most vaccinations.