Adopted: January 11, 2013
Keeper was re-homed through J&M Acres with a generous donation made to the rescue. His new owners are very excited to start their life with him and we hope to continue to receive updates on his progress!
AGE: 6-7 y/o
RIDER LEVEL: Intermediate - Experienced
SUITABILITY: English/Western Pleasure, Trails, Endurance, Dressage, etc
ADOPTION FEE: $500
Keeper is being adopted by his owners through J&M Acres. All the information we have was provided by them. His owners can keep him for approx another two months and we would really like to find him a home in that time before he has to come into the rescue. Good home is a must as the owners would still like to keep in touch and possibly be able to visit him. He also comes with his blankets, saddle pad, Western Saddle, bridle, etc. He is located in Abbotsford and is available on a contract through J&M Acres with a donation of $500 to the rescue.
Keeper is a 6-7 year old Arabian gelding who is around 14hh approx. He is sound and healthy. He came from a herd of four rescued by the SPCA a few years ago. When his owners were given him, they had a training program started, but circumstances have changed and they are no longer able to keep him. He is still quite green and has not been worked for sometime. His owner is 14 years old and has done a fair bit of work with him and he has been polite and easy to handle and he would continue to excel in an intermediate to experienced home who can finish his training.
More info via the owner: We have owned Keeper for aprox 3 years. Keeper was as green as they get when we got him but we did do some training with him. Keeper has had a mixture of perelli and other style of training. He has had a rider my daughter and had a saddle on as well. Keeper can walk trot canter on lung line, but does not know how to do that when a rider is on his back. He was ground driven twice. Both English and Western saddles. Keeper has been on the road and the only problem we had with him was when the huge manure trucks went by they scared him a bit.
Keeper has fairly good ground manners, and what I mean by that is my daughter has a tendency to allow him into her space and hugs him abd draws him in past the personal boundaries so really it isn’t his fault as she encourages it. For people that are horse people I think he senses it and won’t do the same to them. The worst we have encountered with him on the ground when walking is he tends to lean on you on lead side, which is more like a space issue.
Keeper is a pleaser and is not challenging. If anything he would submit out of fear and we have been working on him to not fear but trust. We had a man trainer and when he came into the ring Keeper would stand at attention. Keeper truly follows your lead and is very willing. My daughter has introduced him to some of the strangest thing and one would think he would freak but hadn’t. When he does spook he will usually do a hop and spread all 4 legs, or may run around in a circle to see what it is. He has had a rider on him a fair amount which was 99.5% only my daughter and he does great. Mostly bareback. The last few times we threw a saddle on him he did do a little buck for about 2 minutes and we think it was more because it has been so long since he had one on. But has never bucked with my daughter on him. Keeper has never bolted with my daughter on him either. Keeper has been with many horses over the time we have had him and became exceptionally attached to my mare, but I had to sell her and my other gelding so he was on his own with horses he did not know. Keeper was gelded later than usual so I think he thinks he is a stud still so he tends to try to be the boss but soon realizes the mare is. He has never kicked or hurt another horse and if anything has been the one beat up.
Keeper has been around tractors, huge trucks sheep. Seen cows and is very interested in them. Sao far we have been lucky because we introduce him to everything and after he has seen it a few times he is fine. As for other animals such as dogs, chickens birds he is curious. As for head tossing when he is in the arena himself he will turn his head around and around but he does not do the head bobbing. Keeper has amazing feet and never had a problem with them. They are long overdue but will hopefully get them done this week.
Vices – We find he is better with woman than men. Does not like to be wormed and could be because we have not worked with his mouth much. My daughter rode with halter and reigns. He is herd bound right now and has been for some time. Electric fences, he seems to respect them and has not wrecked any. I have not seen him crib or had that experience with him. I cannot think of anything else to say yet. He is not a bog horse therefore probably would be best for smaller person. Please let me know any other questions you have. As he is my daughters horse she could tell you more about his personality as well.