Grade Gelding, Unknown Registration

Free to Good Home

DOB: 2014 Height: 15 H Location: Frederick County

Suitable Discipline(s):
Training Project, Companion
Rider Suitability:
Handler Suitability:

Additional Information

Roy is a stunningly handsome 2014, 15h grade gelding seeking a home as a companion or a training project with a professional trainer. His owner got Roy in July 2021 from the Thurmont auction. At the auction, he went w/t/c under saddle and seemed very nice. However, less than a week into coming home he started exhibiting severe bucking and bolting under saddle, leading his owner to suspect he may be have been drugged at auction…especially when she found out he had been at the New Holland auction prior to Thurmont. This poor guy has been passed around a good bit within the last couple of years, which is 1/4 of his entire life! So Roy deserves a home where he can settle in and learn to trust and relax.

Despite his behavior, Roy doesn’t seem to have a mean bone in his body. And we can attest to him being very sweet to work around and not giving any indication whatsoever of aggression. His behavior seems to be rooted in past mistreatment of some kind. Roy will flinch or startle around any sudden movements. He tucks his tail if you try to work around that area and takes some gentle coaxing to get him to relax. He can be sensitive around his ears. And he has two areas in the same place on each side of his barrel that look like scarring. He’s also notably more nervous in a round pen. Who knows what was done to him in the past, but he definitely lacks self-confidence and trust.

All this being said, he tries and wants to do well. He cross and straight ties, self-loads, stalls, and is good for the vet and farrier. With a slow approach, he is good for bathing and fly spray. He is sensitive and light through the lead rope when in-hand, and will join up with you in the round pen. Roy is an easy-keeper, turned out half-day on grass and is turned out in a mixed herd, including a mini.

If going to a companion home, Roy is suitable for an intermediate handler. He has been ponied on the trails, both on and off-site, and did very well! As you can see from his photos and video, he’s fine with dogs running around and behind him. He’s also very responsive to his handler and would probably be a great horse for liberty work.

Roy’s owner will consider someone wanting to ride, but they would need to invest in training with a professional trainer who will take their time and work at Roy’s pace. The trainer who worked with him last year estimated that it may take anywhere from 4-6 months to really get Roy going solidly and consistently, as he needs to work through things both on the ground and under saddle. If someone is able to eventually break through the walls he’s built up, he has unlimited potential. He appears sound, with a nice gait and fancy movement.

Roy’s owner’s greatest concern is that he go to a home that will accept him for who he is, and will commit long-term to his care and well-being. If you feel you could be the person for this handsome boy, reach out and let us know.

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