Sterling is a 12 yr old TB Gelding. He is a sweet Gelding who is well broken. He is the tallest horse here at Randy's Rescue, standing at 17.3 inches. He has a well-known past at Arlington Racetrack as a Stakes Winner until 2013. Sterling came to Randy's Rescue with weight loss and lameness. We have been working closely for two years with our Vet and Farrier team to see what can be done to save his pleasure riding abilities. He will not be adopted for beginners or as a child's horse.
He cannot risk jumping, and we cannot guarantee his soundness. He is thin-skinned and can get scratched up fast. He is a LOW man on totem pole and I keep a sheet (turnout or fly sheet) on him to protect him from other horses. I also keep a fly sheet on him to protect from flies, bugs.
Sterling needs a stall, no pasture boarding.
Grain/Feed Aggression: He is stall boarded here and depending on the other horse's feeder is in the next stall, he sometimes slams the stall with his body to protect his food. Unfortunately, being starved can cause this behavior.
2018 Updates: His x-rays were clean minus a couple non-moving microscopic chips in the ankle area that doesn't infer with his movement, but he was still limping. We had him shoed and adjusted via chiropractor and still are not able to find exactly what is wrong; The vet suggested we put him on Previcox for 30 days and then test him under saddle to see if this will be a daily arthritis thing or if he'll be sound with out. He really doesn't show any lameness out in the field, when lunging, or even pain with a rider, he's just kind of off (drops his right shoulder). He is shoed on the front, the old abscesses are blown out and gone, so not that. He was x-rayed from top to bottom showing nothing. But after further testing with a rider this week, he goes straight back into limping.
Chiro suggested doing a month ulcer guard to see if that would help. We tried it!
We went back to riding in April, May, June... with no issues. No limping! We took it slow and new videos are posted as we are progressing but there was never a wrong move from him under saddle. Never any hesitation or refusal, just a lovely working ethic and what a great huge smooth trot he has! We have used him in lessons to see how he moves from the ground better. If your looking for that low key pleasure, trail horse,... he's your guy!
9/2019: He started limping on the opposite foot in July. Vet was out and accessed him and block the foot, ankle leg. Can't find an issue. Its a ever so slight limp its hard to figure out what it can be, thinking another abscess. We are going to pull his shoes and take the time to grow them out and see what happens after we've corrected his feet.
10/20/2019 Sterling is just hanging out, working on strengthening his hooves and growing them out healthy. It's going to take time, but if you're patient, he's willing to be your best friend!
12/1/2019- Due to a generous donation, Sterling has new hoof boots on order. We hope this will help his pain and limping and give him a chance to grow out those hooves! Stay tuned!
1/1/2020: Sterling is doing great! See his new videos uploaded today!!!
3/1/2020: Sterling is still doing good and being ridden regularity. He is currently our longest rescue to be here and not adopted out! We are hoping that someone looking to do some trail riding or light arena work will want to give this guy a chance.
3/15/2020: With barns closed, riding is on the back burner.. Sterling has been ridden a few times during the shutdown but nothing consistent. He is sound and doing great. Stay tuned!
6/1/2020: Barns are opening up which means we are getting back to work. Watch for upcoming videos!
We know this sounds like a lot...but he's temperament is worth it. Very easy to incorporate in a barn situation. We'd be happy to go over everything with potential adopters.
Adoption fee: $750
Adoption fee: $750