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.
Rustic was one of a trio (Always, Rustic, and Scotty) that came to AAE in January 2019. His owners were downsizing and relocating out of state due to multiple family health issues.
According to prior owners, Rustic experienced a nail injury to his right hind hoof as a two year old. A nail penetrated his navicular bursa and he had an extended recovery period. As a result, he could not be ridden. He was trained as a driving horse but he hasn't been driven for years. However, prior owner indicates he has had no health or soundness issues.
Rustic tightly bonds to whatever horse he is housed with or adjacent to, and he has significant anxiety when separated. He finds his confidence in the other horse. He is nervous and he drives other horses around their area. Rustic is sensitive and when approached calmly, he used to settle and enjoy grooming and attention. However, after a few months at AAE, he began distancing himself from humans for reasons unknown. He tested mildy for Cushnoid and was started on meds, but those were stopped when his behavior changed.
Rustic is not catchable/halterable in a large space and even in a small space; it takes creativity to get a halter on him. Once haltered, he's very easy, enjoys grooming, accepts fly spray, hooves are easy with the exception of handling his right hind, so we use sedation for his trims.
Rustic can be a nice guy but needs an experienced and calm, low energy person. He loaded readily when picked up for transport to AAE; however, prior owner indicated he loads best when following another horse into trailer. Rustic is on an all pellet diet. Rustic is a senior horse with a past hind end injury and was never trained under saddle. Do not consider adopting Rustic if you need a rideable horse.
Rustic is current with dental and hoof care, vaccines, and 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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