Wantan is an extremely engaging 16.2hh thoroughbred gelding. He was born in 2005. He is well bred, well educated and a joy to be around. He was imported from Argentina, having had an amazing and successful career as a steeplechase racehorse. He is looking for a companion only home or a home that would take the time to assist him in being sound and suitable enough for light riding. He is a bright and friendly guy and certainly loves spending time with his people. His owner would consider out of State for the right person.
As mentioned above, Wantan was a very successful racehorse. He was last ridden in spring of 2021. He was not completely sound in his hind and his owner thinks maybe he has stringhalt. During our assessment we didn’t see any exaggerated gate, just a happy and willing boy to work in hand for us at the walk and trot. We didn’t see him ridden during his assessment, but his owner will be more than happy to send video footage as they bring him into light work over the next few weeks or so. The current owner did state that they feel he may have some sort of vision/neurological issue that leads him to be spooky when under saddle. He therefore is only suited to an advanced rider, if the new home is hoping to pursue that as an option.
Wantan is a true sweetheart. He nickered to us as we approached him in the barn. A super friendly guy indeed. He was wonderful for catching, haltering, crossties and grooming. He was very easy to handle, as well as for leading out to his photo shoot and then walking and trotting in hand in the open space while we were videoing him. He seemed to enjoy having a job for the day and maintained a cool calm composure throughout the whole session.
Wantan 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 and mares. He is placid and neutral in the herd. He is currently barefoot but has been in shoes previously when in work. He did have a couple of quarter cracks, however, with routine and 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. He is a great citizen for all routine care tasks.