Ace is home!

This striking 12 year old paint gelding was a bucking stock stallion for all of his life until a couple of days ago. He is now on the road to recovery and trust as he learns that not all humans are bad!

Ace is home!

Postby Juliane on Sun May 07, 2006 10:44 pm

I spent a very exhausting day at the Yakima feedlot yesterday, helping the volunteers assess some of the horses to gain more knowledge and insight on their training experience. I had been following Ace's story on the feedlot and learned that another volunteer had 'bailed' him, but really wasn't sure she was ready to take him on.

While I was at the lot, the feedlot owner told me his story, which is that it was his horse and he was used as a bucking stock horse. They bucked him out often, until a couple years ago when he injured his hip. At that point, he put Ace out to pasture to breed to his mares since he was a "good bucker". After a couple years off, he pulled him back out and tried to buck him again. Unfortunately (or fortunately), Ace wouldn't buck anymore. Hence, his path to the feedlot and ultimately, the slaughterhouse.

When this information was passed on to Ace's "bailer", it was apparent that perhaps the arrangements for Ace were not appropriate for him. I was asked if I could take him. To be honest, this is the first horse that I am actually wondering if I will really be able to get through to. He is very scared, and was gelded a couple days ago, leaving him in pain. I cannot get near him. He is at home with me now, in a large double stall. I spent a couple hours with him today, cleaning his stall, feeding him, standing and talking to him and at one point ignoring him as I sat in the stall doorway, facing outdoors. The closest thing to contact I've had with him is when he came up while I was sitting, facing the other way, and sniffed my head.

He's a gorgeous boy and it is my biggest desire to be able to turn him around :) I'd love to see him happy, secure and confident!


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Postby ptownevt on Mon May 08, 2006 4:48 am

Thank God you took him. I can't even think about what he's endured. The gelding must have been like some kind of horrific final abuse to him. If anyone can heal him, you can. I would like to think that he will finally know the feeling of loving hands stroking him, reassuring him and comforting him.
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Postby majxmom on Mon May 08, 2006 9:56 am

He looks great! I think sitting with him with your back turned is just the right thing to do. That has worked on many scared horses for me.
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Postby LorsaDoon on Mon May 08, 2006 7:49 pm

Looking at the picture you took of him, it is hard to imagine all his underlying problems. He looks like a happy horse just looking out of his stall. He is gorgeous. With love and patience I am sure you will make a difference in his life.
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Postby Juliane on Mon May 08, 2006 7:51 pm

The sad thing is that I bet he is a very happy horse, being left alone by humans, out in a pasture with his herd :(

I feel so badly for everything he's ever endured. He has very deep emotional scars. I hope I can get through to him :)
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Postby Juliane on Fri May 04, 2007 10:54 pm

So, it's been almost a year since I brought Ace home from the feedlot. Wow... time sure has flown by! It doesn't seem like it's been a year already!

Ace and I have overcome many things together and he has come far in his path as he learns to trust and love again. He may not ever be a saddle horse, but he will always have a home with me, where he will be loved, pampered and SAFE. He will never face an uncertain future again :)

His beauty and wise old soul takes my breath away on a daily basis. Just today, as he was grazing in the grass, he looked like a majestic (if plump!) stallion.

And while each step we take together may seem unimportant and miniscule to someone who has not met Ace and looked into his torn and ravaged emotions, I am constantly amazed at how much he is willing to trust me.

Today's small achievement consisted of Ace nudging my shoulder with his muzzle, in a request to scratch his neck. When I was done, he attempted to rub his head on me. Sounds crazy to be such a huge step, but it was. Any interaction with me, that Ace does of his own choosing, is HUGE :)

I can't wait to see where we are in another year!

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Postby LorsaDoon on Sat May 05, 2007 4:13 am

I saw Ace at your place right after you got him. I remember asking you how you got him from the barn stall into his round pen. You said you had to load him into the trailer, turn it around and back it to the barn. LOL

He is so handsome, and I have always loved that picture of him looking out of his stall. I think he knew he had a home at last.
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Postby cat_67 on Sat May 05, 2007 3:55 pm

God he's gorgeous. You should show him at halter in the SAFE show!
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Postby ptownevt on Sat May 05, 2007 4:23 pm

He really does look like a halter horse, doesn't he? It's an idea, Julianne.
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Postby cat_67 on Sat May 05, 2007 5:24 pm

You know, Ace is so much better quality than a lot of horses I see out there advertised at stud. I bet he had papers, they just didn't get this far in life with him. I would not be surprised to find out there is some really good breeding there.
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Postby Juliane on Sat May 05, 2007 9:42 pm

Yes, Ace is registered. Chuck, the feedlot owner, would not give them to me, though. I've always wondered who he is registered as and what his bloodlines are. Maybe one day I will find enough guts to ask Chuck for more info on him :) But really, what does it matter? He's priceless in my eyes!

As for the SAFE show - I just realized that I probably won't be able to go. My drill team may be attending a drill competition that entire weekend in Eugene, OR. If we end up not going, I will go to the SAFE show, but the team is my top priority :)

And I don't know that Ace could do the halter class - he leads, but at like 8 feet behind me :P He is not yet comfortable with the idea of walking at my shoulder. Maybe one day!
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Postby cat_67 on Sat May 05, 2007 10:00 pm

It matters because your friends are nosy and we want to know :D

I think he looks like a Versary Bars horse.

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Postby LorsaDoon on Sun May 06, 2007 4:32 am

Yeah, like Cat said. We are nosey 8)
I bet if you only asked for his name and not his registration papers he would tell you that much.
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Postby Valkyrie48 on Wed May 16, 2007 9:24 am

I am not surprised that Ace has papers floating around somewhere. It is a case of quality clearly showing. Too bad he was gelded. Could have thrown some very good color and confirmation with the right parings. Too fine for being just a "bucking stud". With a different temperament he might have been a champion APHA horse. Tsk! Tsk! What a pity!
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