Markhan is a bright and very kind thoroughbred gelding that stands 15.3hh. He was born in 2013 and is a phenomenally well-bred horse, imported from Great Britain. He was a successful steeplechase horse and now finds himself living at a Fox Hunting farm. He is looking for a pleasure riding home, maybe suited to a wonderful, loving teenager that enjoys ring work and lighter trail work. He would also be suitable, and a lovely addition, to a good quality lesson program. His current owner would be open to him going outside of the state.
Markhan has more recently been in training to fox hunt. He was hunted second field and started over fences. He has six months of training with a professional and is believed to make a very nice riding horse for somebody. He is still green, and if the rider is more novice they would be needing to work with a trainer to bring him along. He does have some soundness issues which has led him to not be suitable for the adventurous life of a full time hunting horse.
He had bone chips removed from both front fetlocks, had an injury to his left front check ligament and right hind stifle. Veterinary notes are available for fully screened applicants. He has had injections to help manage any discomfort and does have some arthritic changes due to the previous injuries mentioned. There does also seem to be a bone chip in his left fetlock, but the veterinary has cleared him for light work as is. If being considered as a riding horse, which he could well be, he will need thoughtful maintenance. He will also need a home with exceptional footing so not to add to his concerns. He seemed very happy and sweet under saddle not at all showing behavioral issues or complaints of work that would be related to discomfort. His owners have made a wonderful decision to find him a more suitable home where he can continue to have a super riding career.
Markhan was a pleasure to spend time with him from being caught in the stall, led out to the crossties, grooming, tacking and then seeing him head out down the lane to hack out towards the ring for a short warmup. He was forward thinking ready to work but maintained composure and sweetness under saddle. We saw him head out and do a little off-roading crossing a small stream into the field. He worked in the field calmly and willingly in a very focused manner. Even received video of him popping over a log in the field later on that day. This guy is a phenomenal horse. He has jumped up to 2ft 6 and has competed in hunter paces. He has a great brain and a wonderful personality. This boy is going to make a lovely addition for someone.
Markhan 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 geldings only but has shared an adjoining fence line with mares without issue. He currently has shoes all round but has been barefoot when first being let down from his racing life. He could likely go with just shoes in front. Hind shoes were for studs when hunting. He is up to date with vaccinations and coggins. He is super with all of the usually care and maintenance tasks like farrier, vet etc.