Sterling is a 14 yr old TB Gelding. He is a sweet Gelding who is well broke for riding. 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 is currently sound and his feet look awesome! But he cannot risk jumping, and we cannot guarantee his soundness, plus he will not be adopted for beginners or as a child's horse. He is a LOW man on totem pole and we keep a sheet (turnout or fly sheet) on him to protect him from other horses and flies, bugs. He also gets chilled faster than the other horses... so he has a turnout sheet and winter blanket that comes with him.
Sterling has two "vices" or needs.
1. Stall Grain Aggression: He was stall boarded here and depending on where 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. This spring we moved him to pasture board and he has had no issues with eating his grain on the fence feeder, though he's away from the other pasture mates.
2. Cinching the Saddle: The other vice is cinching of the saddle. We do have a easy method that works, walking a couple steps and tightening like 3 times... but we can never tighten him in the crossties. (can be explained easier over the phone). We also this spring started using a muzzle on his halter when we cinch. He can be pretty sneaking trying to nip you when you're cinching him.
I know these two vices may sound like alot, but we have not had a problem accommodating him and them. We have a system that works and his such a pleasure to be around and to ride, its totally worth his little quirks.
We pulled Sterling off the adoptable list due to what we thought was an abscess, but now we think he had a prior past injury to his shoulder that has fused/healed. After talking to the vet, it would explain his on/off again issues on the right. He’s not on any pain medication for the arthritis that might be there, so we are thinking we will put him on previcox. He is due for a Summit injection which works well also.
He moves and rides very well but if you look very very closely you can see he’s just a little stiff. Most people miss it.
We upload videos that we took under saddle yesterday 6/8/21... surprisingly he was very forward, very full of the devil and was showing off in the videos.. lol...
So due to this, he is ONLY pleasure/light riding/trail horse adoptable. He will not be something that you could use for jumping or anything competitive.
The videos were after him sitting for 6 mos.. and we got on and rode him in a snaffle. He's a real good boy.
We know this sounds like a lot...but he's 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