|Kix was adopted in August, 2020, as a therapy horse. While he made an ideal horse for interactions with patients, he failed to thrive in a herd of geldings in his new home. He also developed some lameness in his right front which was diagnosed as laminitis. He was treated for the laminitis and came back to Safe Harbor as his adopters wanted the best for him and were worried at his apparent depression.
Kix lived all his life with a mare companion, and he has been happy in a foster home with the same. So if you have a lonely mare who needs a buddy, Kix may be your man. He will need to be managed for the laminitis (dry lot or grazing muzzle, plus low NSC feed) but is otherwise healthy.
Kix is an 18 year old, AQHA registered gelding who had one owner his entire life. When his owner was diagnosed with a terminal illness, his family reached out and asked for help. Kix was trained as a young horse, but has been an 1100 pound pet for the last decade, giving young kids lead-around rides but not being ridden independently. He is respectful on the ground, ties, leads, stands for the farrier, and has received refreshers in such things as fly spray and lunging.
Kix is adoptable to the absolutely perfect forever home. We are adopting him as a companion who has lead-lined kids bareback. Based on our trainer’s assessment of him, he would need to be completely re-started under tack to be a riding horse. He accepts a saddle, but bucks when asked to move forward fully tacked (without a rider). By filling out an adoption application for him, you are agreeing that you understand the above information and that your intent is to 1) adopt a companion or 2) invest in professional training.
As with all Safe Harbor horses, Kix is up to date on vaccinations, Coggins, deworming, and farrier care. He had a dental check-up in June, 2020.