My friend is having to rehome most of her horses because of personal reasons (I respect her too much to go into it on a public blog, but trust me she would not get rid of any of them unless she absolutely had to). I wanted to take all of them so that she could still come see them, but I know realistically I could never afford to keep all of them. When she asked if I wanted any of them I told her no because I felt like we shouldn't get another horse since we rehomed Faran (because he was dangerous and because at the time I couldn't really afford him; things have changed since I also work full time now so we can afford a second horse), but when hubby said he wanted to get back into riding I immediately called my friend and said I wanted Rocky!! She was so relieved and grateful that I could take one of them. :)
Rocky is an approximately twelve year old gelding from registered Paint horses (I don't remember if he was registered, but she's known him since he was born). He's a totally laid back guy that I personally haven't seen spook at anything (obviously I won't say he's never spooked, but I haven't seen it) and I've ridden him quite a bit over the last few years. I love that I'm getting a horse that I already know and have ridden a lot. :D He is the perfect horse for my hubby.
He is 14.3hh and 1278lbs (can you believe he weighs almost as much as Chrome, but is three inches shorter?? He's stocky, muscular and he's not at all fat right now!!). He has tons of fun, unique markings that I've listed in the sidebar, but I'll get more pictures tomorrow because they are so cute!! The weirdest and coolest thing is he has white legs, but dark hooves! His left hind hoof is white on the inside, but otherwise they are all black. So cool!
We've been trying to get him home for a month now (conflicting work schedules) and I'm so happy he's finally here!!
Anyway enough rambling. Check out the photos!
Look at that booty!!
He's barely been ridden at all lately, but he was living on 100 acres so he kept in shape. :)
I caught him neighing to Chrome
(who was being a total nut job).
It makes him look high strung,
but he's actually very laid back.
He has a typical Quarter horse build, but not bad conformation at all.
He doesn't even look butt high here, but I think he might be a tad.
Walking right through the water.
Notice hubby's elbow in his neck? He's a bit pushy just from not being handled much lately (he spent a year on 100 acres barely being handled while my friend worked out of state), but he'll remember his manners quickly.
Chrome was being a nut job screaming and pacing the gate.
Zep says hi politely.
I wish he didn't take so long to shed out... ick.
Chrome saying hi.
Chrome was being crazy and acting like a stallion actually. Wait until you see the video at the bottom of the post. He was running around, bucking, slamming his chest into the round pen, biting Rocky's face, prancing, tossing his head, flipping his tail, neighing, etc. The only things he wasn't doing was rearing, striking or squealing. Maybe waiting until he was two and a half to geld him wasn't such a good idea?? LOL! He wasn't dangerous or anything, just really excited. He was very careful to never run me over or anything and he was easily approached and touched.
Another candid conformation shot. :D I'll get better ones tomorrow if I can.
Chrome looks huge!! He's only three inches taller than Rocky!
Nibbling on Rocky's nose.
I love Chrome's neck!
Here is the video. Chrome is.... acrobatic lol.
If you can't see embedded videos click here (https://youtu.be/ZW9yvgCWwhM).
Once Chrome calmed down (and his sweat dried) I fed them.
We got Rocky a real feed bucket later in the day
(they destroyed Faran's old bucket).
(they destroyed Faran's old bucket).
I kept a close eye on them all day. Rocky was more interested in grass than anything else. He did walk up to Chrome to sniff noses every so often. At first he didn't do anything, but then when Chrome started nipping his face, Rocky started striking out with a front leg and squealing at him. That's what Faran used to do so I'm wondering if Rocky might end up being the dominant one. Chrome is all bluff. Finally Rocky managed to smack his leg on the fence when he struck out and I didn't see him do it again after that... nope... then he turned around and kicked out with a rear leg. He hit the fence so hard he stood there with his leg in the air. I was about to freak out, but he finally limped away. Within a few minutes he was walking normally. I'll check for heat and swelling later, but I think he's fine. It was probably just like hitting our funny bone. I hope that taught him a lesson, because I HATE kickers!! I've never seen him kick at anyone, so hopefully he hasn't picked up that nasty habit from the other horses he was out with. I've never seen him try to kick a human though, so it was probably just a normal warning. I'm hoping since he hurt himself that when I turn them loose together in a couple of weeks that he won't kick with all of his strength. Chrome is such a clueless idiot that he won't back off until he gets hurt... makes me nervous. I'm going to give them plenty of time to get used to each other before I put them out together. After Rocky has a few days to settle in, hubby and I will start hand walking them together.
I can't wait to start riding with hubby. I'm going to give Rocky a little while off before I ride him though because he had a stone bruise recently and his hooves were a bit overgrown (he got them done today before I brought him home). I want to give him some time for his hooves to toughen up a bit (his old pasture was extremely marshy) before we go out on gravel or pavement.
Anyway I'm rambling again. Sorry! I'm just really excited! :D
P.S. I just talked to my friend and I got a couple of details wrong. Both of his parents were registered AQHA and his sire was pinto colored, his dam was black. The reason Rocky isn't registered is because the stallion broke in and bred the mares. It was not a planned breeding, but I'm so happy it happened because Rocky is awesome. So Rocky is a QH! Oh and he's eleven, not twelve. :D