http://www.equineadoption.com/order.htm Chip - 17 yrs. DATE OF ARRIVAL TO MHWF: 11/5/2010 Chip is an 17 year old QH gelding. He stands at 14.3 hands tall and is broke to ride. We do not yet know a lot about Chip other than he is sound and broke to ride. He is current on his shots, wormers and trimmings and seems like a really sweet, laid back guy. He also just had his teeth floated and is starting to put on a little weight. He still needs a few more pounds yet. We will post updates on Chip as we get to know him better and get a chance to evaluate him under saddle. UPDATE: Chip was only here one night before we had a chance to take him out, spend some time with him and saddle him up for a ride. We honestly do not have a single criticism of him at this point. He is sound, tacked up nicely, stood like a rock to be mounted and dismounted, he went from walk to trot to canter and back down again multiple times without so much as questioning his cues even once. He easily went from a canter right back down to a slow mellow walk almost instantly. We even let multiple riders get on his back he did so well. Chip needs a few pounds yet, but it will come. He has those big soft eyes and he instantly became part of the herd, like he had been here for years. Chip looks to be a really nice horse and someone is going to be pretty lucky to have him. Attached Images
Wow Chip looks like a horse I used to own. I gave him to a lady who took good care of her horses when I couldn't keep him. I have since lost track of him. His papers are still in her name. He is around the same age as Chip and color. Makes me think of Socks again. I've always wondered where he went. She refused to give me any info even after I offered to buy him back from her after we got our farm. Not complaining just been thinking about him lately.
A few more groceries and this boy is going to be gorgeous...well he's pretty good looking right now. I really love the bays! Anxious to see his level of training in the future :-)
He has such a sweet face about him. He'll be one nicer looking horse with a few more pounds on him.
Wendy W - WI
Chip is awesome! Met him today. He is about as cute as they come, and a real sweetie. He will certainly make someone very very happy.
UPDATE: Chip was only here one night before we had a chance to take him out, spend some time with him and saddle him up for a ride. We honestly do not have a single criticism of him at this point. He is sound, tacked up nicely, stood like a rock to be mounted and dismounted, he went from walk to trot to canter and back down again multiple times without so much as questioning his cues even once. He easily went from a canter right back down to a slow mellow walk almost instantly. We even let multiple riders get on his back he did so well. Chip needs a few pounds yet, but it will come. He has those big soft eyes and he instantly became part of the herd, like he had been here for years. Chip looks to be a really nice horse and someone is going to be pretty lucky to have him.
I also snapped a few pictures and will share as soon as I have a few extra minutes (grabbing a little overtime at the regular job right now while it's available).
*Chip* has that aura about him. & I love that last photo of his CURIOSITY. He is one handsome fella.
What a kind and beautiful face.
That is what hits everyone about Chip, his extremely kind and beautiful face. He has the sweet personality to match.
Here are a couple snapshots from his ride yesterday, 11/6/2010:
Would this horse be quiet enough for a beginner rider (under 10 years). I am looking for a nice beginner horse for teaching riding to my son and a few nieces. Must have a nice w/t/c and prefer know leads. Will be used for 4H showing and trail riding. Would this horse be suitable?
Chip just got here, so we only know exactly what is written here at this point. His owner lost her battle with cancer some time ago and he found his way to us, and we do not have any background information on him to speak of. He needs to gain some weight yet as well. Without knowing your 10 year old or your nieces and nephews it would be really hard for us to guess whether he would work for them or not. I do not think he is a horse for a "passenger", he is by all means not push button or anything like that, but if you, or anyone else is interested in Chip, you need to give us a call so we can talk further rather than trying to type everything out here back and forth. Thanks for your inquiry!
Sounds like Chip has settled right in at MHWF! His test drive sounds like it went wonderfully as well. And I agree with everyone else...smile...he has a sweet, kind face!
I will tell you, many nice horses come through this rescue and my hats off to all who are involved, you will all be rewarded.
As for Chip, I have looked at many of the horses and thought "Wow, I'd adopt that one", but this boy has got something to offer many different riders. He has a look that tells you, he's an old soul, with wisdom and I beleive he is a very good teacher to someone who is needing some additional education about equines. Or those that need a horse to rebuild confidence. There's just something about him Is he registered? Just curious. I can truely say, "if I had an open stall at my home, he'd be in my backyard" I don't know why I like this boy so much, but something tells me, he's a diamond in the ruff. His eyes tell a story of his kind soul. He's a good one, thats for sure!!! candy
Thank you for the kind words Candy. Chip really is a sweetheart and kind soul. We do not have any registration papers on Chip. If he is registered, the papers were never passed on from his original owner to anyone and she is now deceased.
Very nice looking gelding. He wears his bay coloring nicely--the absence of a star, blaze, or socks actually suits him very well. Somewhat high withers and a bit of a low wide chest suggests a steady but powerful walk--wonder how he is at a good lope. I have a 4 yr old mare that has the same broad cheek and doe eyes and she is very kind and responsive, eager to learn and achieve. I agree, the eyes show a willingness to be with people. Nice horse--and like Stormy, a 17 yr old gelding has plenty of git.
Just out of curiosity--any background on how the body condition got there? The mare I mentioned that I have who looks similar has metabolic syndrome and getting her down to a good weight and keeping her there takes careful feeding and exercise.
Scott Bayerl: MHWF
It's kind of a long story how Chip came to us, but I will try to give the short version of what we were told.
Chips owner had two horses, Chip and another mare, around 30 years old. Chip's owner found out she had cancer. When her health got too poor for her to do chores, it was left to her husband to do. He was not really a horse person. Before she passed away she had both horses brought to a boarding facility, then passed away shortly after. At the boarding facility they would be in good care and not left to the fate of her husband. After she passed away, the husband showed up at the boarding facility to pick up the horses so that he did not have to pay board on them anymore, since he was not a horse person. When the owner of the barn asked him what he was going to do with them, the husband said he was taking them home to shoot them. You would think since his wife treasured them maybe he would make sure they ended up in a nice situation in honor of his wife's wishes..... So the barn owner said not to worry about the horses, she would keep them there and that the husband was no longer responsible for the board. She opted to put the 30 year old down and started to look for a home for Chip. By the time Chip got to the boarding facility he already needed a little extra TLC. My guess is that the husband was not taking real good care of them. With the illness of his wife etc, I can see how this might happen. So Chip needed his feet done, he was infested with lice, and he was thin. The barn owner dewormed him, vaccinated him, dealt with his lice and had his teeth floated at her own expense. She then contacted us and Chip is now here in our pasture. He's really not as thin as he looks in the photos. In person he looks much better. He's got a good appretite and will be back to full weight in no time. His teeth were just floated a few weeks ago, so he's on the right track now. In my opinion, the barn owner really went above and beyond, especially since she never even met Chip's owner. I am sure his original owner meant to protect them and we hope to honor her wishes by finding Chip a great new home. I think Chip has been through a lot lately.
What a sad story - but thank God the barn owner was there to take care of Chip! I agree - she went way above and beyond what was probably expected of her. And thankfully she put Chip in your guys hands. He is safe and will find a good home. Thanks to all who have helped and will help this lovely horse.
Oh my goodness. What a sad story. Makes me want to write up a will right now with specifics about my horses. I hope someone will adopt and treasure this guy...lost a horse pal and and owner pal...bumped around etc. Looks like a sweet fellow.
A great big thank you to the owner of the barn and MHWF for giving Chip a second chance. You guys all have hearts of gold!
Oh Chip!! I can tell you I know this horse and his old owner. They fell on some hard times. I was there when he was born and spent lots of time riding him for Jen. This horse has done it all! He really is a good guy and with everything that happened I sure hope he ends up in the right hands. I'm sure it was real hard for Jen's husband to let him go but, I'm sure he has got his hands full. He has been out on the road and on many trails. He has been to a few fun shows. He doesn't get to worked up about anything. Good horse like I said I sure hope he ends up in some good hands :)
I just read all the post on Chip and had a good cry. I want you to know that Jen is looking down on you from heaven with a huge smile. She would be so happy to know he is safe. Her animals ment the world to her. like I said I spent many hours on his back and he really is a good boy.
I can't believe that Chip hasn't been snapped up yet. What a perfect family horse.
I would love to have a horse like him around for quiet rides by myself or to let friends and family ride when they are visiting. Not to mention how he seems like he would be perfect to teach younger kids to ride. And of course . . . there is always the "husband horse." Just think how much fun it would be to adopt him and watch him blossom as he keeps putting more weight on.
Denise from Denmark
I wish i could come meet him and take him home.. my mom always said"if wish's were horse's then beggers would ride"..lol but with hubby not finding a job yet and me just having shoulder surgery on the 5th well needless to say funds are quite low right now.. but man i wish i wish i wish...
We are hoping to one day get a horse big enough but yet broke enough for our daughter Destiny to ride. To bad that it's coming up in winter time and it's hard to find hay for sale because I would want Chip. He sounds like he would be perfect for us....maybe come spring time. My application is filled out, just need to get the pictures taken of the farm. :)