Updated: Oct 26
Wow is all I can say. Shady is a sizable unit, about 17hh and solid. He has a big, kind presence and a lovely, quiet nature, it was awesome to meet him and we connected instantly. He is looking for a one-of-a-kind human, suited just for him. He is bay with a white snip, a tiny bit of white left hind, a gelding and 5 years old. He has only had 1 start and 2 trials.
One of his track work riders said that "off the grain, he would probably be the biggest plodder ever, in the box he is a massive smoocher and I've yet to see him show any signs of irritability or aggression. He'd make a wonderful horse for someone."
Shay will need approximately 9 months off due to a superficial flexor tendon injury, with his size the prognosis is not good for racing. The injury itself is not easily visible and he is not currently lame at the walk or trot. The time off he needs would correspond nicely to a decent letdown. Once you have the vet OK you could start working with him in hand.
Someone out there will be very lucky, he would be an awesome trail-riding horse, adult riding club, working equitation, classical dressage, farm horse, EAL or beach rides. I do not believe jumping should be in his future but I could be wrong. A vet check is welcome if desired.
He has been with one female trainer who is kind in her approach and is well-loved by all, he likes people and is good for the farrier and vets. I am happy to answer any questions you may have or find out the answers if I don't know.
Ideally, he will be rehomed to someone I know or someone who can be vouched for by someone I know. He would be so worth the wait, a big, softie with a lot of love to give.
Location: Shady is currently in Moruya with South Coast Racehorse Rehabilitation This will give him some space to heal whilst a suitable home is sourced. Please contact them directly if you are interested
Photo Credit: Shots on the Spot (the nice ones), the dodgy ones in the stable are mine