Here is the moment many of you have been waiting for….
Jack is now officially up for adoption. PLEASE read the information below, as we give very specific information about him, and the type of owner he needs.
Jack is an 18 year-old American Creme Draft gelding. He does not have papers. He is obviously very beautiful, but he needs a VERY assertive handler. We regret to note that we cannot in good faith adopt Jack out to a beginner rider or handler, as he has learned to literally throw his weight around, and will drag people or just take off at a run while being led if he wants to go somewhere else. He is learning good ground manners with us, but he has unfortunately been allowed to be rather naughty and therefore does not have the greatest respect for people. He is learning respect and is much better than he was even a few weeks ago.
Jack is great while being groomed- and you will need to spend a lot of time grooming him! We usually have two people grooming him at once, and he is fine with more than one person working on him. He stands and ties well, picks up his feet, but will sometimes try to nip, so we do NOT suggest interactions with a child without close supervision.
Under saddle, Jack is pretty lazy. He will need a more experienced and strong rider, as when he decides he doesn’t want to continue, he’ll stop and walk to the middle of the arena, completely ignoring his rider. An experienced rider can keep him on the rail, but an less experienced rider will be very frustrated. He does give good pony rides, however, but he would NOT be a good candidate for a therapeutic riding program. After several minutes of trotting, Jack will start to trip on his right front, so he should only be used for light riding. We did get him to canter once after a great deal of effort on the rider’s part. Jack is not trained to drive.
We have not taken Jack out on trail, but his previous owners said that he had been out on trail and did fine. He does not seem to be overly spooky.
Jack is overweight, so we have him on orchard hay and a minimal amount of grain to mix his supplements. He is currently on a joint supplement, and should stay on that. He is barefoot and had his feet done on February 14th. He is up-to-date on his vaccinations and will be getting his teeth floated this week.
His previous owners said that Jack did not like trailers, but he did get into our two-horse slant load without issues.
We know that Jack is adorable, but we need to ensure that he goes to a home where he can be successful and everyone will be safe. If he sounds like a horse for you, please fill out the horse adoption form (link is below). If you’ve already filled one out for Jack, you do NOT need to fill it out again. We will review all applications over the next few weeks.
Please note that all of our horses have a $1,000 adoption fee. This is an administrative fee, and is non-negotiable. We also retain first right-of-refusal for all of our horses, so a new owner will NOT be able to sell Jack, but must return him back to Hanaeleh if things do not work out.