PRICE: NOT FOR SALE! Doc is one of ours.
AGE: 20 years old
PRESENT REGISTRIES: Tennessee Walker
POTENTIAL REGISTRIES: all registered!
FULL SIBLINGS: unknown
TRAINING LEVEL: Professionally trained in all aspects of trail riding.
EXPERIENCE: Extensive experience as a trail horse.
GAIT: Very smooth, easy to find. Loves to gallop, canter and run.
HIS STORY: We adopted Doc (previously named Old Hickory) from the Kentucky Equine Adoption Center, a very fine horse rescue in Kentucky. He had been there only three days when we showed up, looking for a couple of good riding horses to take home with us. He had been the lifelong trail partner of a Kentucky woman who, in her 80's, finally decided she needed to stop riding. She entrusted him to KYEC and their exceptional track record for placing horses well. We were not considering horses of his age (he was 20 and we were looking at younger horses) but they suggested I get on him and that was all it took. He was so polite and well trained under saddle and he moved out effortlessly, flying around the ring at speed but never making me feel out of control. We brought him home!
He took a while to adjust to life at the ranch. He was flighty and frightened for the first few weeks. It became clear that he needed to bond with some people he could count on to really settle in. We matched him with my niece, Lucy, for the summer, and he began to relax and show us what he was made of. Lucy and Doc went out on the trails and galloped the summer away and both seemed to love every minute of it. Doc has now gotten to know more of us at the ranch and settled down into the reliable, wonderful riding horse we knew he could be.
He spends much of the day, when not out on the trail with one of us, standing in the doorway of the stall of the Little Barn Pasture. Most of our horses don't care about stalls, but it is clear Doc expects to have a stall to call his own when he is not working with his people. Each of our pastures have a few stalls we leave open for horses to go into at need, but most of our horses don't bother with them unless the weather is particularly bad. Doc, on the other hand, hangs out in his stall most of the day.
We are loving Doc and feel like we really scored when got the chance to adopt him. He is such a noble, gentle boy and so well behaved. He loves riding and going fast and loves his time on the trail. He has only been here one season but he is dear to our hearts already.
HIS IDEAL LIFE:
We are still getting to know Doc but we hope with all our hearts that his ideal life may eventually be exactly what he has here. We know he had a deep bond with his previous owner and that it will take a lot for him to truly see us with the same eyes he saw her, but we believe it will happen. He seems to love riding and love going fast but most of all he seems to just need some people around whom he can really count on to be strong and stable in his life. We plan on giving him that for many years to come.