|SEX: gelding||BREED: Morgan/Arabian cross||REGISTERED NAME: none||INTAKE DATE: 12/5/2019|
|COLOR: Bay||MARKINGS: Large snip|
|YOB: 2009||AGE: 11||HEIGHT: 15.0||WEIGHT: 1137 lbs|
|LOCATION: Redmond||ADOPTION FEE: TBD||Online Adoption Application|
Alder and Pearl were rescued from a neglectful situation as yearlings. Their rescuer did her best to care for them, but physical limitations led her to seek a new home for them. They come to SAFE to enter our training program and give them the best possible start in life. Alder is a handsome, well built young gelding with a lot of potential.
Thank you to volunteer horseman Kaya M for this update on Alder. Don’t tell anyone, but I think she’s in love…
Alder is a smart, thoughtful gelding with an active mind and an intense desire to find the right answer and do the right thing. Working with him on beginning groundwork exercises to eventually prepare him for a rider has been an incredibly fun and educational challenge! While he is still a little herd-bound to Pearl and has a bit of a hard time focusing around other horses, when I get his attention, he locks right in to me. He is sensitive right now and can react quite intensely sometimes, but he seems like the kind of horse that could easily become dull if his trainer isn’t careful, so this is something that I am focusing on a lot in myself. Alder seems a little unbalanced at the trot and has a hard time picking up a canter, but I’m hoping with more conditioning and groundwork it will get easier for him. At this point, he is understanding a flag really well and doesn’t seem to have an issue with ropes flying around him. I can’t wait to see his horse reach his potential and I’m so honored to be a part of his journey!
Our two new bay beauties, Alder and Pearl, have settled in well to their new digs at Safe Harbor Stables. We have taken the first step in separating them, and they are now in two individual but neighboring paddocks. We never know how that first step will go when two horses have been together for as many years as these two have. But they barely missed a beat and went right on with their business in their new paddocks.
Separating Alder and Pearl is not only useful for building their individual self-confidence levels, but also for maintaining proper body weight. Alder has proven to be an easy keeper, a trait that is not uncommon among the Morab breed. We are able to put him on a more restricted diet now that he is not with his sister 24/7.
Both horses seem to be quite healthy and sound. Pearl toes in a little bit so she’ll likely be better as a light riding horse than an endurance prospect. Alder has an old wound on his right hind leg that has resulted in a large scar, but we haven’t seen any signs of lameness from it.
These two are going to be fun to work with. They are both sweet and enjoy interacting with people. Pearl is a little standoffish at first, but she warms right up. They’ll soon be getting underway in our horsemanship program with groundwork and working toward being started under saddle.
1. Jane M.
2. Linda V.
3. Bob G.
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