Rowdy's Intro

This 1999 registered AQHA 15.2hh bay gelding needed help when his owner fell on hard times. Please help Rowdy find a home of his own!

Rowdy's Intro

Postby Juliane on Thu May 31, 2007 8:42 pm

Why do I do this to myself?!?! :roll:

I first heard about Rowdy's plight through Ally about a month ago. His owner boarded him at Ally's barn and was going through a very difficult time. Rowdy's feet had gotten extremely overgrown, he was a bit ribby and needed training. Rowdy's owner really needed to re-home him, but seemed to be afraid of him.

Over the past month, I have been unable to get Rowdy out of my mind. I was worried sick over him, and for some reason, certain horses just call out to you. I met him last weekend when I dropped off Cabo at his new home. I have watched as the Craigslist ad his owner placed didn't drum up any interest in him. And when the end of the month came nearer, I emailed her to find out what was happening for Rowdy.

She explained that she just wanted him to go to a good home, and that she would give him away for free to anyone who would take him, but that she owed backboard to the barn owner. So, today I went to the boarding facility and paid the backboard and picked up Rowdy.

I have been trying my hardest to scale down on the amount of horses that I have, in preparation for having to move and not knowing what kind of property I will be able to find. So, taking in Rowdy at this time was not the most logical or reasonable decision I've made.... Which leads to this - if any of you out there are looking for a project rescue and would like to take him, please let me know :) He's safe now, and will get the best of care that all my rescues do, but could certainly use his own person.

Here he is this afternoon after settling in. He has pretty good ground manners and is a sweet boy. He is also very lame :( I have my farrier, Margo, coming out first thing tomorrow to remove his shoes and trim him. I am hopeful that this will help him to feel better. He looks like he has the potential to be a beautiful mover, but at the moment, he is pretty stiff. He is also registered AQHA - you can see his pedigree here: http://www.allbreedpedigree.com/tiny+bit+rowdy

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Postby Hope on Thu May 31, 2007 8:47 pm

oh my those poor feet. Hopefully thats just the problem, and he'll be sound real soon...
What a cute horse!! I hope he finds a good home soon.
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Postby Sandilf on Fri Jun 01, 2007 6:50 am

OMG Julie...he has a lot of Precious' bloodlines. Precious was a Top Deck/Leo-Hancock-Reed horse. He is absolutely gorgeous! Do you know if he has any training under him?
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Postby seahorse on Fri Jun 01, 2007 7:10 am

OUCH i would be lame too! Okay you crack me up girlie I turn my back and what do you do!?!?!?!? You get another horse :shock:
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Postby cat_67 on Fri Jun 01, 2007 7:11 am

I'm guessing he's just lame because of the feet. He's got too nice of a shoulder/pastern to be navicular and his tendons look clean. Those feet are horrid.

I like his dam's side bloodlines...nice racebred stuff. Typically those horses are really easy to work with. They can be high energy but they're not buckers or obstinate. He's cute!
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Postby myhorsefaith on Fri Jun 01, 2007 7:38 am

I've known Rowdy for awhile now- when he moved to the boarding barn, a few months later his owner started having problems. At first she wanted to do a lease- but ya can't really lease out a riding horse if the horse isnt rideable. So, to help Rowdy up his skills, i offered to train him and get those first 10-15 rides on him.

So I did an eval of him- and i found that he was ok- but seemed pretty weak legged- not really pinpointing any specific area of lameness. His hooves, even then, needed to be better addressed. He moved out ok, and i figured i'd try to ride him.

His owner said he had been sat on before, but didnt know "forward". So on the ground, i played with some ground driving at his side- and he seemed to get it- and i didnt feel like i was teaching him anything.

So i got on. he was rock solid. i asked him to move forward- solid there too. left/ right turns he didn't like so much- and i felt like he was green and fussy about it. When i asked him trot he offered to buck 2 times. it was like an "i dont want to" buck. It could've been pain related or it could've been attitude. The bucks weren't that bad- and after trying 2 times, he just moved off like I asked. And then I called it good.

He does have an interesting response to learning new things- he can get worked up about it until he understands what is being asked. he starts to breathe harder and you can see his nervousness rise. as soon as the pressure of the new thing is released, he wants to come in and crowd. but he does it politely- putting his head down, wanting pets- almost like for reassurance.

Really, once sound, i dont think he'll be hard at all to ride. He may need a few training rides but that's it.

He's a good boy! :wink:
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