#5028 Saved from the Bowie Kill Pen’s in North Texas. Sinatra, an eight month old colt entered Crossfire dehydrated, underweight, terrified and with an upper respiratory infection. When he was dropped off he was called “wild” and unmanageable. He was manhandled and in fight or flight mode and he was going to fight. Sinatra stayed away from humans, as far away as he could that first night and morning. We didn’t allow that to last long though as he had to make a trip to the vet. We spent a short amount of time with him to get him haltered and loaded into our trailer. The previous night he reared at the men and attempted to “save himself” in whatever way he found necessary so we took it slow. We soon learned he would not do anything for a man but he would for a female. He did everything I asked from walking into the vets office, across the parking lot, into the stocks, out of the trailer and into the trailer.
Sinatra warmed up to me super quick! He likes to be scratched behind the ears and curried. He likes to search your pockets now and is just a little lover boy! He will let you kiss his nose, hug him and smiles when you find his sweet scratching spot. He has already gained a good deal of weight on his refeeding program and is starting to look like a real little horse again. We have most recently been working on picking up his front two feet. Unfortunately, at the end of his first round of antibiotics he was still sickly so we are now treating for pneumonia. Sinatra has had to have endless injections the entire time he has been here and has not given us any grief about it.
He is the furthest thing from wild you can imagine, he is an absolute doll and joy to have around! He is a laid back people horse and will make a fabulous friend for his special adoptive home one day. Sinatra responds well to gentle, patient female handlers and natural training methods. He will stay in quarantine until he makes a full recovery. Once the vet feels he is not in danger of his lungs collapsing he will be gelded as well. He currently loads, leads and ties.
Sinatra is completely independent at this point! He loves to run and run and run! His ideal home will have a large amount of acreage for him to stretch his long legs out. At almost a year old he measures at almost 14hh so that along with the size of his joints tells us he should be a big boy when he is done growing. This little man knows how to turn it on when he wants some attention. He is a favorite around the barn and loves scratches behind his ears. He’s done great with this little bareback pad and today graduated from desensitizing to (light) lunging for respect. He was attentive, licking and chewing, you could see those little wheels turning in his brain!! He had a great first session though and by the end had picked up stopping, turning on his haunches in the opposite direction and inward but away from his handler. He was quite and respectful of my space and we felt that was a good stopping point, he came in and got scratches, then followed me into the barn. It was a great session to build on no doubt. Like any baby he is still learning but will continue to get better and better. I think it’s important to take it easy on youngsters though while they are growing so we do short, slow sessions and always end on a good note with lots of love and scratches!