ADOPTED, November 2018
Chip and his companion Mac were found as strays in Sumner County. We have seen that oftentimes when people can’t keep their horses, they simply open their gate and let them wander until law enforcement steps in for public safety. Mac has been adopted, but Chip is still looking for his right match. Since he can’t talk, we can only guess at his past.
We know Chip is around 13 years of age. He leads, loads, hauls, bathes, ties and cross-ties, is quiet to saddle and ride. Although he is mostly blind in his right eye, it does not bother him or cause him pain.
He does have several characteristics that lead us to believe that he was a ‘big lick’ horse in his early years – note the white hair scars on his legs. He can be anxious around men and he will step out and move into a faster gait if a rider leans forward – a classic ‘big lick’ rider position.
Chip is not spooky, but we have discovered that he has a real fear of goats – which, now that he is pastured next to them, he should get over! Chip is adoptable to an intermediate-experienced owner who will not be intimated by his size and who is confident enough to pass that onto him to work through his insecurities. He needs someone to remember that he’s mostly blind on his right side and protect him when walking through gates, doorways and uneven trails.
He’s a barn favorite and the volunteers who have spent time with him simply adore him.