Don Jupp is by one of our favorite sires, More Than Ready. He was purchased as a yearling and sent to the UK, where he won his first start. After his second start he was brought back to the States- where he unfortunately proved he wasn’t a racehorse. He retired sound through MD’s Beyond the Wire with a record of 7-1-0-2, and only $12K in earnings. He came to us last month and has proven to be sweetheart in the barn and an easy going ride. He has a good mouth and but needs a bit more engine in order to start to carry himself in a frame. At the canter he sometimes breaks to the trot in order to make the turns- not unusual for such a big growing guy! We truly don’t like to resort to lunging rigs or draw reins in order to create a false frame- proper flat work, building strength through his back and hind end, is the only way to bring them along properly. Don is the same quiet happy horse even if you aren’t able to ride consistently, but a regular program will bring out the star that is there. Don is sound with no vices.
12/27- the footing was frozen and we took the opportunity to work at a walk and trot to teach Don how to start to carry himself- he tried so hard, it was really cold, but it clicked for a few minutes at the end of the session- Andie did a great job, and he was very happy with himself….it will probably be awhile before he can hold himself for any length of time but he tries so hard!
Up to date on everything. Backed by our program’s reputation of honesty and transparency. All MAHR horses receive $200- towards lessons or training thanks to the ASPCA® On the Right Track Voucher program and can come to our series of all TB clinics here in MD for FREE. Adoption fee reduced PENDING
Update- 1/18- Don had a PPE and passed everything but back xrays showed some concerns about kissing spines. He has been perfect under saddle but his potential adopter just had to retire her horse because of this- so Don and his xrays are available. Kissing spines diagnosis is tough- because some horses are never symptomatic. Proper work building up the core and topline is essential. Injections or surgery may be warranted if he develops clinical signs- and he can always come back to MAHR if he ever needs to retire from riding. Wish we had a crystal ball!
In the meantime here is a great article on kissing spines:
Located in Warwick MD. PM or email Bev@MidAtlanticHorseRescue.org to meet Don Jupp.
Update 5/9/20- the state of MD is now open for riding, but we must practice social distancing, etc.
MAHR will pay final entry and stabling fees for any horses attending the 2021 RRP Makeover.