Horse of the Day: Blackjack

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A great Dressage prospect!

CHAD’S BLACK JACK # 166104

2004 Registered Bay Gelding Height :14.3hh
Rushbruk Ezekial x Jo’s Mariah
Fostered in WI
Rescued October 2016
Adoption Fee: $700

Blackjack was taken in by Forever Morgans along with his mother and sister when their owners could no longer care for the horses due to health issues. A personable and inquisitive boy who enjoys being with people, Blackjack has done everything asked of him at his foster home so far. Though not yet trained to ride, we were told he’s done extensive groundwork and had someone sit on his back. He lunges, leads well, and stands for the farrier. He ties and crossties for grooming, sponging, vacuuming, and clipping. Blackjack has shown no tendency to bite, kick, crib, or chew wood.

At this time (just two weeks in foster care), the foster thinks Blackjack might do best in a home with group turnout as he gets stressed and tends to weave when separated from other horses. He will require at least one other equine companion. But the weaving is becoming less of an issue every day. It’s probable that he lived with his mother and sister all his life until now, so leaving them to move here from New York was a drastic change that he is still getting used to. He does leave the other horses to go work in an arena quite a distance from the barn without protesting. He trailers best in a straight (versus loose box) stall with other horses in the trailer.

According to the veterinary records we were able to obtain, Blackjack seems to have been kept up to date on vaccinations and worming much of his life. The foster’s veterinarian said his teeth appear to have been maintained, and he has no wolf teeth. He is barefoot and is growing out some chips/cracks in his hooves that developed when he went a while without trimming. But the farrier said that though they are somewhat flat, his feet should be back in shape after a few more trims with no need for shoes unless he is ridden on rocky trails.

He appears to be a good mover, and the foster feels he might be a dressage candidate. Overall, this is a sweet, willing gelding with Morgan personality who is easy to work around.

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