|SEX: Gelding||BREED: Yakima Wild Horse|
|COLOR: Buckskin||MARKINGS: stripe|
|DOB: June 2018||AGE: 2||HEIGHT:||WEIGHT:|
NOT CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION
George was a young stallion when we met him. He was wild and untouchable, but VERY curious about the new people who kept showing up with food. We were instantly charmed by this handsome young man. He was moved to SAFE in preparation for gelding before being adopted but the adoption fell through and he ended up becoming a SAFE horse.
We transformed him into a happy gelding and started teaching him some basic skills, like wearing a halter and leading. George now wears a saddle and is being prepared to be ridden soon!
It isn’t often that we get young, unstarted horses at SAFE, but we have four fillies and colts coming two or three within the next year. With the support of Joel Conner, SAFE has a solid, progressive plan to ensure the successful start of our youngsters.
George’s journey toward becoming a riding partner began in June with the first saddling. To prepare for the saddle, I got George into the round pen and freed up his feet by yielding the forequarters and hindquarters, and got the rope around his cinch area. He was nonreactive to the rope, so I started throwing the saddle pad on his back and made sure he was ok being touched in the cinch area. Once that checked out, we had the saddle on. George lined out quickly in the round pen, so we got to work changing eyes. By the end of the week, George was looking more mature, and was moving out easily with the saddle.
Over the next couple of months, I’ll saddle George a couple times a week, and begin working with the tarp and bumping him up to the fence. The goal will be to put the first few rides on him in September, and then turn him out until he turns three and is ready to be started in earnest. George is a sensitive guy, and he could have the tendency to become ornery if mishandled. However, I’m confident that with the start we have planned, he will become a gentle, willing partner.
Back in August, we were called upon to help find homes for a group of wild horses we dubbed the Fall City 40. In the two weeks that we had access to these horses, we placed 14 of them into new homes. We also ended up taking one of the horses into our rescue program. For our protection, we kept quiet about this horse but it’s now possible to share his existence with the world.
George was a young stallion when we met him. He was wild and untouchable, but VERY curious about the new people who kept showing up with food. We were instantly charmed by this handsome young man. He was moved to SAFE in preparation for gelding before being adopted but the adoption fell through and he ended up becoming a SAFE horse. We transformed him into a happy gelding and started teaching him some basic skills, like wearing a halter and leading. He’s also spent a little time getting used to being in a stall, and he now spends his days in the company of two other SAFE geldings, Valor and Anderson.
George seems to love his new life, which isn’t too big a surprise considering he’s fed lovely hay four times a day. The only thing he’s really objected to was being vaccinated, but that’s understandable since he’s never had shots before! He’s learned to stand for the farrier, and he’s quite easy to catch and lead. In short, everything is looking up for good old George!
We estimate George’s age at 18 months, so he’s got some growing up to do before he starts learning advanced horse skills like carrying a rider. But he’s already getting the benefit of horsemanship and groundwork, and he shows a lot of promise. As a SAFE horse, George won’t be offered for adoption until he’s well started, but he’s a good example of what might be able to be expected from the other horses from his herd. Those horses should be available to experienced adopters within the next three weeks. Visit http://mayday.safehorses.org for more information!
1. George & Donna G.
2. Maureen S.
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