Sonora is an 18 year old Paint mix gelding who stands approx 15hh. He was originally purchased at auction in September 2013. He is a little shy at first, but very sweet and full of life. He has great ground manners and is gentle and quiet. He loads and hauls like a champion, is easy to handle and lead and gets along well with the other horses.
After spending some time working with him we have found that he has some fear-related issues when it comes to being ridden or worked with on an under-saddle level. When Julie went to get on him last week, he was so nervous he was shaking. We are fairly sure that his response is due to associating being ridden with pain, most likely due to ill-fitting saddles and/or an unbalanced rider.
Sonora will need an understanding home and a chance to bond with someone who will help him to be comfortable again. We don't believe it will be impossible for him to overcome his fears and we are hopeful that we can find him a home who will help him through that, but we will also accept applications for an adoptive home looking for a companion-only. While we would love for him to find someone to work with him, we would be just as happy to find him somewhere he would be loved and looked after, but where he could live his days as a retired horse.
We will continue to work with Sonora on his issues while he is here, but if you are interested in giving him the home he needs, please contact us ASAP. His adoption fee is $500, but willing to negotiate to the right home.