It's been five months (to the day) since I bought Mr.Tease and I'm so happy to report that he is doing fantastic.
Please watch the video to see what his life is like and what we have been doing so far.
Soccor Tease a.k.a. Mr. Tease is my horse.
I bought this Kentucky bred gelding in August 2014 from Box Arrow Farm.
I had seen several other horses before my appointment to see Mr.Tease...and almost cancelled on him because I just wasn't finding "the one."
BUT I decided to give him a chance and see what he was all about.
He was pretty much a tease from the start. A handful of mints were much more enticing to him than the silly blonde girl trying to catch his eye in the paddock.
Watching his every move since I got out of the car I noticed that he was hesitant to step across the pavement to get from the paddock to the stable area. The owner admitted that a week before, the farrier had filed his nails too short and with no shoes on he was basically stepping on the soles of his feet.
Needless to stay I didn't get on his back that day. However, I didn't want to give up on him so quickly maybe because his owner was so nice, I was desperate to find a horse of my own and he generally looked like a nice horse.
I went back a couple of weeks or so later. This time walking across the pavement he didn't seem too hesitant and the owner suggested we take him in the sand arena (with the best footing for his feet) to walk, trot, and canter him.
Was he more sound? Yes
But sound enough to ride? No
To be very honest I made the decision to purchase Mr.Tease based on his personality and the vet's verdict on his sore feet.
After putting a deposit on him the vet came out to assess Mr.Tease. The vet was quick to note a similar soreness in his front feet at the trot and canter and cautioned me about buying an unsound horse.
But she also told me not to give up on him just yet...so I decided to take the risk and buy him anyways.
Shortly after that initial assessment he was trailered over to his new home in Stouffville and the farrier come out to put front shoes on. He did find a couple of abscesses (blisters) on his fronts and told me that was probably the extent of the issue with his sore feet. The farrier said they were pretty much healed and Mr.Tease would ready to ride the next day!!!
And now we are actually working together and slowly (what feels like a glacial pace) forming a bond every time we ride together. What I've learnt over the last couple of months is that Mr.Tease is an extremely patient and an honest horse. He always tries. He is still a racehorse at heart in the sense of holding his head up high and clueless about transitions.
TWO MONTHS IN...
and I'm happy to report that he is doing great. And his motivation is still mints - not me.
He's made several friends at his new home including ex racehorses Gamble on Love and Finn who keep him company in the paddock during the day.
No doubt, buying this horse is the best decision I've made in a long time and he has become part of my life, a big part of my life.
His lingering horsey smell has taken over my car, my clothes and my hair. I absolutely love it.
And with all that said I will be posting updates of his training and progress on this page.
Please follow along with me and Mr.Tease.
XO, Hayley and Mr.Tease
NOTE: I received fair warning that there could have been a more serious issue with his feet if he continued to be unsound with the shoes. So I'm glad I took a chance on him and it has paid off but this doesn't always happen.