16.0 Hand 2011 Bay Gelding
Career Starts 26 : 0-4-3 race record
Adoption Fee: Waived
I am very saddened by this update. We took Will to the vet this past Friday for a lameness exam for what I thought was maybe a pulled muscle or tendon up high due to running around and playing in the mud after all of this rain. Our news was not good. Will has degenerative changes in his stifle. What this means for his future is, Will is comfortable as a walk/trot pleasure trail horse or therapeutic horse. The changes in his stifle are such that the movement at the walk and trot don't seem to bother him at all, however to canter him you will notice a hitch in his stride or will not canter at all. After xrays and a through work up our Vet feels that he rates himself enough (self preservation) that he does not need to be on any joint supplements or Equioxx on a regular basis, however he may need an equioxx occasionally depending on how hard he is ridden. His future as a canter/jumping horse is non-existent. I am heart broken by this news but Will is an amazing horse with an equally amazing gentle temperament that would be suitable for a therapy horse or a casual walk/trot trail horse for someone. He has been out on our trails, creeks, fields etc. He has stood in the cross ties for extended periods of time to be groomed. He can go barefoot although currently he has front shoes on and can stay out 24/7 is holds his weight really well without supplements or high fat grain. We are looking for a special home for Will. If you know of a home that would be a good fit for him please contact us.
Will has been leased on our farm and used in the Jumping H Farm schooling program. This super sweet boy has hacked walk trotters in the show ring and over cross rails like a champ. I really think Will would benefit from his own person. While he does lessons well I think he would enjoy more consistency from the same rider who will love on him and spoil him. Super easy keeper can go barefoot although we have front shoes on him.
Will has been returned to us through no fault of his own. His new owner has failing health due to a battle with Parkinsons disease and felt he was no longer able to care for Will adequately. Will was returned to us in great shape. With a nice walk, trot and a lopey canter he is a love to ride. Easy on the ground and cross ties well. Will was retired sound and has been trail ridden for the last 8 months or so.