I am rehoming Chookie through this charity to ensure that his future is taken care of. He doesn’t owe anyone anything and deserves to live the rest of his life happy and at peace. It just breaks my heart that he can’t do it here with me due to complete change in financial circumstances on the farm and losing grazing.
Chookie : Chestnut, 15 years old, 16hh, is an absolute sweetheart. He is a very gentle, kind and calm soul. He was, in his younger days, a very successful racehorse in Scotland. However, by the time he got to me he had been forgotten, neglected and found dumped in a field in Aberdeenshire almost up to his hocks in mud with kick and bite marks all over him. His legs were a bit worse for wear when he arrived due to his neglect with a severe case of mud rash but I managed to get on top of it and get rid of it for 3 years. If it flares up, it doesn’t bother him at all and I’ve found it best just to keep an eye on it and brush it when it is dry. It took a wee while for Chookie to build up the confidence to let me do this due to his previous neglect so you will need to be patient with him.
I wanted to know if he was rideable so I got a vet in to give him a wee check over. They found that he has a slight heart murmur but that it shouldn’t stop him from being ridden, however only in very light hacking. His heart murmur doesn’t bother him at all as he still gallops around the field with his friends and he requires no treatment for it. He is too wee for me so I never got him going with any riding and, to be honest, he owed me absolutely nothing so I’ve just let him be a happy field companion. He is being rehomed as such, a companion, and with no guarantees that he could be ridden. If it was attempted, he hasn’t seen any tack in years so would have to be started from the very basics. He is a very calm and unassuming boy and could enjoy a job. My plan was to bring him into therapy work as he has such a good nature for it but time, as always, is against me.
I suppose the best way to describe a home for Chookie would be a home where they recognise the racing royalty that he is and treat him accordingly. He was incredibly successful as a racehorse and won a lot of people a lot of money before he stopped winning and was passed on and on, so this boy owes nobody anything. What he does deserve though is a home where he can be completely spoilt in his retirement days with lots of love and pampering and treats! He will even make a “treat please” face for you as you can see in one of his piccies! He has lived on my farm for 4 years and is one of my farm visitor’s favourites. He is used to strangers coming up to say hello and have a cuddle. He gets on well with other horses and is generally at the bottom of the pecking order so is no trouble at all with other horses. He could potentially be trained as a therapy horse due to his beautiful nature but time will need to be taken with his legs as he is sensitive with new people with them. He deserves to live out his days thoroughly adored and it is so upsetting that he cannot do it here. He can live out 24/7 if fields are dry or could be stabled at night, he would fit into anyone’s routine.
HEALTH & VACCINATIONS
Minor heart murmur which does not affect his every day life and does not require medication.
Surprisingly good feet for a thoroughbred, he is unshod and I have never had any feet issues with him.
Vaccinations are not up to date simply because he has been a field ornament with no interactions with any horses going in or out of the yard. His teeth are due soon. No issues with them at all, just needs yearly dental.
Does occasionally suffer from mud rash. I successfully kept it away for 3 years after he arrived with a case of it, however, this year has been impossible with the terrible weather we’ve had and a complete lack of time. As I said before, it doesn’t bother him, just needs brushing when dry and when he trusts you. It needs an eye kept on it. He has a flare up of mudrash now as, due to losing grazing through flooding, I have no dry fields that he can go in.
Full wardrobe can be sold with him.
N/A - Non ridden Can have some of his rugs go with him for a price. He has a few rugs so would need to go through them all first but he could go with a full wardrobe. He's a 6"6.
Unshod when he arrived and as not in work have left him so. Vaccinations were all up to date until recently, I have just not been able to cover them this year with some unexpected other big bills so he would need a restart if required. He has not left the farm since he has been here and no other horses go off the farm. He is healthy and sound and a very good doer.
As I've said above, the best home for this beautiful boy is where he could be spoilt with some pampering. He gets on well with other horses so is perfect as a companion and is a very chilled boy. He is a very beautiful boy so I wonder whether he could do any amateur in hand showing anywhere, will need training for this as he's never done anything like it. He is a bit wasted just being a field ornament here with me but he has been happy just chilling with his mates and eating. My goal was to get him into being a therapy horse like a couple of the others I have here, however, time and farm life has always prevented this. The farm has lots of visitors that come and pet the animals and Chookie is always one of the ones to come over to say hello to new people and have a cuddle from strangers so he might still be able to be trained up for this. He certainly enjoys attention, that's for sure! I expect he will take a wee while to trust his new owner and come out of his shell but when he does it is worth it.
Armour Vetinary Group, Mauchline