If you are interested in adopting this horse, please submit an Adoption Inquiry via AAE's website; No texts please: https://www.allaboutequine.org/how-to-adopt.html.
Gunner came to AAE with two of his buddies in mid-January 2018 from a neglect situation. Fortunately, Gunner was in pretty good condition upon arrival, comparatively speaking. Gunner is in his late teens, and stands about 15.0 hands.
Gunner is a shy guy that appears to have been mis-handled at some point in life. He is halterable, curious, gentle, and willing, but lacks confidence. Gunner has made consistent progress and he's become much more willing to interact with humans since he's been here; the more consistently he's handled, the better he is. He's starting to seek attention. He's softened considerably and we haven't identified any major issues. Per prior owner, he was started under saddle, but not ridden consistently nor finished and he had not been ridden for some time (years). We'll continue to build trust and confidence with Gunner while he is at AAE.
We continued socializing and initiated groundwork and progressed to saddle and bridle work. He accepted, but he didn't much appreciate a saddle. He tolerates, but hasn't had any breakthrough moments where he seems to remember saddles from the past.
Gunner is looking for a horse-experienced home, someone with experience with horses with trust issues, and someone willing to give him the time he needs to trust and flourish before asking more than he can comfortably give. He does well in a herd environment or with one or two other horses; however, when he has a mare he's buddied up with, he is possessive and protective.
Gunner spent some time with a foster (one of AAE's adopters) where he hung out with cattle. He showed his gentler, nurturing side when he nuzzled up with a newborn calf. How sweet is that!
Gunner is up to date with dental and hoof care, vaccines, deworming, and he has a microchip.
Adoption fee subject to change based on training; see website for current information: https://www.allaboutequine.org/adopt-a-horse.html.
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