Gerda's Equine Rescue

Adoptions

Below you can see the equines we currently have available for adoption. 

Please keep in mind that when you are adopting a rescue horse you are making a commitment for the remainder of its life. We want to find each rescued horse a loving, forever home.  Our adoption process is comprehensive and designed to assure the best possible match between our horses and potential adopters. 

Suitability is of the utmost importance in placing our horses.

You can download our adoption application below. When completed, please return this form to GER at  PO Box 1352,  West Townshend, VT 05359, or scan and e-mail to gerdasequinerescue@gmail.com

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Adoption Gallery

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RAVEN

TENNESSEE WALKER-MARE-13YRS OLD-14.1HH
ADOPTION DONATION WAIVED TO AN APPROVED HOME
ADOPTER WILL RECEIVE A CONAIR PRO GROOMING SET!!!
Sleek, black and beautiful, she arrived from a kill-pen the Summer of 2018. She has some damage to her hind end that has left her unrideable. She is very independent and would not make a fuss were she a companion to a horse that would leave her behind when taken out on a trail ride. She is totally people-oriented and will follow like a puppy! She is an easy keeper and a genuine pleasure on the ground.  

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LANDINO

THROUGHBRED-GELDING-12YRS OLD-15.2HH

ADOPTION DONATION $2800 

Landino has it all!  He is handsome, athletic, loveable and well mannered! He has great potential on many levels; dressage, jumps a course and has a solid lead change when asked correctly. He goes out on trails alone or in company. We are looking for an experienced, confident, soft rider who wants a fancy athletic horse to bond with.  He is currently located in Newfane VT with his foster/trainer.  



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MAPLE

PALAMINO-MARE-10 YRS.OLD-13.1HH

ADOPTION DONATION WAIVED TO AN APPROVED HOME

Maple is a medium sized pony mare who is looking for a home with someone who has the time and patience to build a relationship with her. Her time in the slaughter pipeline left her very weary of people. She gets along well with others in the herd and would make a great companion.

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EVIE

QUARTER HORSE-MARE- 4 YRS.OLD-14.2HH AND GROWING

ADOPTION DONATION $950

This adorable horse came to our rescue from a kill pen at the tender age of three; she is now four years old.  She stands at 14.2hh now and is still growing! Evie is full of potential, she is green broke and has been out on trails and really enjoyed them. This girl will need a rider with the experience and patience to bring a young horse along. 

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SMILEY

STANDARDBRED-GELDING-14 YRS. OLD-16HH

ADOPTION DONATION $1000

Smiley is a big, very handsome Standardbred gelding with a big floaty trot. He is in a foster home where he is getting help transiting from being a racing harness horse to a riding horse. 

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BENNY

QUARTER HORSE-GELDING-8YRS.OLD-15HH

ADOPTION FEE $4,500 (NEGOTIABLE TO A GREAT HOME)

Benny has extensive experience on the trails and is a sweetheart. Not spooky, has great brakes, and no vices. Very brave to the jumps and is a lovely mover.  Priced at $4,500 negotiable to a great home. Contact Emma Recchi on Facebook or call/text at 802-490-9285 with any questions or to adopt.

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VIZI GIRL

THOROUGHBRED-MARE-5YRS.OLD-15.3HH

ADOPTION DONATION $1000

This girl is stunning!!  She arrived Summer 2018 from a kill pen, emaciated, and beaten up by other horses in the pen. Vizi is a super well-bred Thoroughbred, and she looks it now.

We found her breeder and were told that she broke off the top off her sesamoid bone during training as a 2yr. old. We have had her x-rayed and she is 100% sound.  She should not be jumping courses but has no other restrictions.  This mare is full of potential and is great on trials.

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ISABEL (IZZY)

APPALOOSA MINI-MARE-15 YRS. OLD-34”

ADOPTION DONATION $500

Izzy is a sweet and adorable mini who was in a killpen suffering with an eye that needed to be removed. Shortly after her arrival, we had it removed and she is now happy and healthy! She is cute as can be and is good for the trimmer and vet. She enjoys being brushed and fussed over and is a devoted companion who loves to group groom with any horse who will let her!


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ANNA

SMALL PONY-MARE- 3 ½ MO.

ADOPTION DONATION $850

We came across Anna and her half-sister while at a livestock auction, where a farmer approached people about his 3 1/2 month old weanling.  He did not want to bring her to the auction due to her tender age, but he wanted to find a home for.  There was no question we would take her!

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GUNNER

STANDARDBRED-GELDING-18 YRS. OLD-15HH

ADOPTION DONATION $200

If you’re looking for a quiet, loving companion Gunner is the horse for you. This shy guy is an easy keeper and gets along well with both geldings and mares.

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WILLIE & CHANCE

PAINT-GELDINGS-22 YRS.OLD-14.3HH

ADOPTION DONATION WAIVED TO AN APPROVED HOME

These handsome gentle paints lost their owner, she was only 41 years old and a much-loved equine dentist from NJ. They were adopted this spring into what we thought would be their forever home and turned out to be a neglectful situation. As soon as we found out we picked them up and brought them back to GER where we can get them back to a healthy weight. Willy (black/white) is not ridden due to arthritis in his knee but Chance is sound and rideable. They are only being adopted together (they have been together since they were both 3 years old). 

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ANGELICA

PONY-MARE-20 YRS. OLD-14 HH

ADOPTION DONATION $400

Angelica came to us from a kill-pen in Western PA. She was Amish owned and had been used by kids. When she came to us her teeth were probably the worst we had seen in a long time. Once they were corrected, we began to ride her. What we found was a pony who needed some retraining and once she understands that there is someone on board who she should listen to she is fun to ride!

She is looking for a home as a companion or with someone who will continue with the training she has gotten here with us. She is very loving and very pretty!

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ASPEN

PONY-GELDING- 15 YRS. OLD-12.3 HH

ADOPTION DONATION $600

This little full-bodied guy is eye candy, along with a sweet personality to match his good looks.  He had teeth that were in severe need of a dental on arrival. Once the basic medical was done we got to evaluate him under saddle, he was a bit opinionated about things but once he understood that was not the way things were going to be, he straightened out and said OK!

He will need an educated rider for a while to keep things clear in his mind.  He is good-natured and will just get better and better with consistency.    

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HANOVER BUCKNELL (BUCK)

STANDARDBRED-GELDING-13 YRS. OLD- 15HH
ADOPTION DONATION WAIVED TO AN APPROVED HOME
ADOPTER WILL RECEIVE A CONAIR PRO GROOMING SET!!
After Bucks racing career was over, he went to auction and became an Amish buggy horse. He found himself in a killpen when his legs couldn’t take the demands of a buggy horse any longer. Sweet is an understatement and with his movie-star looks he would make any owner proud to call him their own. He can no longer be ridden but gets along well with others and will make a great companion and someone to love on him. He would be more than willing to give little ones a lead line ride!

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IBIS

THOROUGHBRED-MARE-23 YRS. OLD-15HH
ADOPTION DONATION WAIVED TO AN APPROVED HOME
ADOPTER WILL RECEIVE A CONAIR PRO GROOMING SET!!
Ibis is a lovely Thoroughbred mare who after her racing career became a school horse! She was adopted out as a trail horse but grew tired of the trails and is looking for a home who wants to enjoy ring work with her. She needs an advanced/beginner rider and will do anything asked of her. She's a young 23 year old although when you meet her you'd think she was more like mid-teens. She gets along well with other horses.

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SYDIN

ARABIAN-GELDING-7 YRS. OLD-14.1HH

ADOPTION DONATION $2000

This handsome Arabian has started his evaluation and so far it’s clear that he’s been ridden before but needs a refresher. He’s super sweet and willing and has done walk/trot in the ring and out on the trail so far. We will continue his training but he is available for  adoption by an experienced rider who can continue his education.

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BELLE

MORGAN-MARE-21 YRS. OLD-14.1HH

ADOPTION DONATION $250

Belle is a registered Morgan who is a great beginner trail riding horse. She came to GER as an owner surrender and is a pleasure to be around. She has cushings but is not at all symptomatic (our vet did a thorough exam on her and she passed with flying colors). 

She is good for the trimmer and vet and gets along well with others. 

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GENEVA

THOROUGHBRED-MARE-12 YRS. OLD-15.3HH ADOPTION DONATION $1500

Geneva is a lovely mover who does w/t/c and is quiet and sensible in the ring and out out on the trails. She is sweet and easy to handle. She has no issues or vices and will make someone a great partner.

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CHESTERFIELD

STANDARDBRED-GELDING- 8 YRS. OLD-15.1HH

ADOPTION DONATION $850

Chester is a very sweet pacer who is transitioning from a cart racing horse to a riding horse. He does w/t/c and needs a confident rider who will be comfortable with his big stride. Chester needs more evaluation under saddle, particularly out on trails. We have a trainer that will be working with him on a regular basis now, so we should have more information on him soon.  

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ELSA

SMALL PONY-MARE- 1 YR. OLD

ADOPTION DONATION $850

This little girl with the beautiful face is Anna’s big half-sister and security blanket for the moment.  Her story is the same as Anna's; she was the lucky one who got to us because of her baby sister! She is friendly and lovable and will need someone who will give her time to grow and learn with patience. She does lead somewhat but will need to continue her groundwork training.

HOLD FOR EVALUATION

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TEEDEE (HOLD FOR EVALUATION)

Teedee is a 3 1/2 year old gelding that we rescued from a kill buyer the day before he was set to go to Mexico. He was sick and his tail had been eaten by the other starving horses at the feedlot. He was rescued with another mare Phyllis and went through quarantine for 3 months before they were well enough to come to GER. He has a sweet puppy dog personality and loves running around in the field and showing off his loving personality. He will be competing in this year's rescue to stardom at the world horse expo! 

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PRING (HOLD FOR EVALUATION)

WELCH PINTO X-MARE- 5 YRS. OLD-14.1HH-MARE

ADOPTION DONATION $1200

This stunning mare is as sweet as can be and has one crystal blue eye! When she was rescued from auction she did not even know how to lead! She is truly a blank canvas because of her exceptional disposition she will make a great student!  

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WINTER (HOLD FOR EVALUATION)

Winter was rescued from a kill pen in PA.  We are not sure of her breeding, but we do know that she is big and beautiful. We’re still figuring out what her last job was. She is approx. 15.2, black bay color, and 12 years old. The harsh VT winters have put her training on hold until spring.

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HAZEL (HOLD FOR EVALUATION)

MIXED BREED-MARE-5 YRS. OLD-15.1HH ADOPTION DONATION TBD  Hazel arrived at GER two years ago from a feedlot. As we got to know Hazel it became very apparent that at some point in her life she had experienced some type of emotional trauma. We have given her all the training that we’re capable of giving her here at GER and it is clear that she is in need of some professional training at this point of her life. Hazel is very guarded and to be honest can be unpredictable at times when she doesn’t understand what you’re asking of her. This is however balanced out by a super sweet horse when she’s feeling comfortable and clear on the expectations. She will be going to Peter Whittmore in April for training. 

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SEDONA (HOLD FOR EVALUATION)

THOROUGHBRED-MARE-5 YRS. OLD-15.1HH
ADOPTION DONATION TBD
This sweet young mare was used as a broodmare after suffering an injury on the track. Her last baby was weaned and adopted this winter and we’ve given her some time to settle in and enjoy life without a little one. She will be evaluated for her riding abilities to see what she knows this spring.

ADOPTED

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GUS (ADOPTION PENDING)

HINNY-GELDING-15YRS. OLD-13HHADOPTION DONATION WAIVED TO AN APPROVED HOME  

Gus is a hinny gelding who is extremely wary of people. He would make a good companion and will need a lot of positive handling and consistency in his life. He needs a very patient person who is willing to give him the time and help he needs to trust again. 

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CLOVER (ADOPTED)

MINI-MARE-20YRS OLD-28”

ADOPTION DONATION $200

This cutie is looking for a home with someone to love and cuddle with. She leads well, stands on the crossties, vacuums, and stands to be clipped! She will do best in a home with older children or adults and has cushings so needs to be on a dry lot. She gets along well with both geldings and mares and would make the ideal companion!

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PIPPIN (ADOPTED)

MINI-GELDING-18YRS OLD-34”

ADOPTION DONATION $500

Pippin is a super cute little mini with a lot of love to give. He came to us from a kill pen with a horrific past that we only discovered once he arrived. Without going into the awful details we will leave it at he had been severely sexually abused. We raised funds for his surgery repair and had this 20-year-old tiny mini gelded at the same time.  He needs a home with no mares (he cannot be convinced that he is still not a stud and is no longer desired by the mares!)  He will be great in a home with other geldings. 

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CISCO (ADOPTED)

PONY-GELDING-8 YRS. OLD-13.2HH

ADOPTION DONATION $900

Cisco is a super-fancy pinto w/t/c pony who needs an intermediate rider. He is super sweet with no vices and is great for the vet and trimmer and gets along well with other horses.

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BODIE (ADOPTED)

PAINT-GELDING-16 YRS. OLD-13.3HH

ADOPTION DONATION $800

Bodie is a full-bodied handsome paint pony who is broke to ride and does w/t/c. He is gaited and very comfortable. He is extremely people oriented and loving but is dominant in the herd. 

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ARTIC HEAT (ADOPTED)

THOROUGHBRED-GELDING-20 YRS. OLD- 16HH

ADOPTION DONATION$800

Artic Heat is a handsome Thoroughbred gelding who is looking for a home as your next trail partner. He’s rock solid, enjoys going out alone or with others and is known for his non spooky nature. If you’re looking for an unbelievably loving partner Artie’s you guy. He needs at least an intermediate rider and is currently being fostered in CT at North Meadow Farm. To arrange a visit please contact GER (802) 874-7213 between 9-5.

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SHEZA (ADOPTED)

QUARTER HORSE-MARE-17 YRS. OLD-15.1HH

ADOPTION DONATION $200

Sheza is a knockout mare! She is a 17-year-old well bred, registered quarter horse. She has arthritis in her knees but that doesn’t stop her from being the most beautiful piece of eye candy you’ll ever see. She will make a great companion for a mare or gelding and will enjoy her retirement being loved and brushed!

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STRAIGHT THUNDER/TEDDY (ADOPTED)

THOROUGHBRED-GELDING-13 YRS. OLD-15.2HH ADOPTION DONATION TBD Teddy is a roughly 15.2 hand Florida bred bay gelding born on 3/25/2006. Teddy's debut to the track life started on 6/12/2008 at the Calder Track in Florida, his first win was recorded on 10/3/2009 in New Jersey at Meadowlands, his last win was from Finger Lakes in New York on 10/18/2017 and his last career race was on 11/6/2018 in New York at Fingers Lakes. Throughout his racing career this warhorse had 150 starts at 10 different tracks over 10 years. He is at an amazing foster’s farm who is helping his transition from life on the track. 

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KELLY (ADOPTED)

MORGAN-MARE-22 YRS. OLD-HH

ADOPTION DONATION WAIVED TO AN APPROVED HOME

This sweet mare will be a great companion for even the timidest of horses. She is at the bottom of the pecking order and gets along well with other. She’s an easy keeper and has no medical conditions or vices. We have asked Kelly’s owner to  see how she responds to being ridden again, which was done and she was unfazed, this lovely Morgan has nothing  wrong  with her and is one of our most adoptable and affordable horses!

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OLIVE (ADOPTED)

HACKNEY-MARE-17YRS. OLD-13.1HH

ADOPTION DONATION $400

This sweet, little beauty came to us from a NJ kill pen. On arrival she was so scared she wouldn't let us near her but, has gotten much better with time. 

She was adopted in 2016 to a great family as a companion to another horse. She immediately blossomed in her new home!  The quiet life with one other horse was just what she needed.  Sadly, her family fell on hard times a year later and they lost everything so Olive came back to us.  

The family was in tears when they brought her back and hoped that one day they could come back for her when life got better but has not happen. She has waited a long time for a home of her own and will do best as a companion. She may even be a great little driving pony with training.

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PHYLLIS (ADOPTED)

STANDI/FINO-MARE-14YRS. OLD-14.3HH

ADOPTION DONATION $600

Phyllis is a 14-year-old, gaited Standi/Fino mare who is great in the ring and out on the trails. She’s very level headed and wants to please. She’s sweet on the ground but is very sensitive to her hind legs being touched. We’re working on desensitizing her to this, but she will need someone confident and willing to continue this training.

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LOUIS (ADOPTED)

PONY-GELDING-3 1/2 YRS. OLD

ADOPTION DONATION $700

Louis is a super sweet youngster who is full of potential! He leads well, is kind and gentle and was a star at our horse agility clinic! He is great with kids and will make a great addition to any family.

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O'CONNER (ADOPTED)

MINI-GELDING-20YRS OLD-28”

ADOPTION DONATION $200

Just check out that kind eye! This older soul so badly wants to fall in love with someone. He’s on the shy side but he leads well and even did great on our mock horse agility course! He gets along well with both geldings and mares and would make the ideal companion. No medical conditions or vices.

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JADE (ADOPTED)

POA PONY-GELDING-7YRS.OLD-14HH

ADOPTION DONATION $200

Jade is a kind and gentle guy with a funny and interactive personality. Everyone falls in love with him and his mustache! He’s an easy keeper, is great for the trimmer and vet and gets along well with both geldings and mares. He was recently diagnosed with uveitis, but he won’t let that stop him! He does w/t/c with an experience rider that can help him should he get stuck and would also make the ideal companion.

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CLARA (ADOPTED)

MOLLY MULE-MARE-6 YRS.OLD-13.1HH

ADOPTION DONATION $200

Clara is a sweet 8-year-old molly mule who is ready for her new home. She gets along well with others and will make an ideal companion. She is a bit reserved but will come around quickly in a quieter setting. She comes up to you in the field to get love and attention.

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FIREFLY (ADOPTED)

MINI-MARE-1YR. OLD

ADOPTION DONATION $600

Firefly is about as cute s they come! This youngster is super friendly and is looking for a home with someone experienced in bringing a youngster along! She leads well and gets along well with others.

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SELIG (ADOPTED)

Selig is a 5 year old Rocky Mountain gelding that was born at our rescue. He is a 13.3Hh fancy pony with a playful personality. We've started his riding and driving training but he needs someone with experience to bring him to his full potential.   Adoption donation $1000

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HAPPY (ADOPTED)

APPALOOSA PONY-GELDING-9 YRS. OLD-13.2HH

ADOPTION DONATION TBD

Happy is the perfect name for this beautiful appaloosa pony. He is as sweet as they come on the ground and gets along well with others. He is good for the vet and trimmer. We know he is broke to ride and will continue his evaluation once the weather breaks.

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SUGAR (ADOPTED)

MINI-GELDING-10 YRS. OLD-34”

ADOPTION DONATION $400

This little gelding is as cute as can be! Sugar was used as a lead line pony in his previous life and is looking for a home with older children to brush and love him or as a companion for another mini or small pony. He gets along well with others and is good for the trimmer. He has cushings that is managed with medication.

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TORI (ADOPTED)

PASO FINO-MARE-20 YRS. OLD

ADOPTION DONATION WAIVED TO AN APPROVED HOME

Tori is a buckskin twenty year old registered Paso Fino mare. She has the best ground manners in the barn! She will melt your heart with her love of people. She gets along great with others and is the ideal companion—she’s an easy keeper with no medical conditions or vices. She can still be ridden but needs a strong rider familiar the breed and its gait. Adoption Donation Waived to an Approved Home thanks to Petfinders Senior Pet Grant! 

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CRYSTAL (ADOPTED)

CRYSTAL IS A 17-YEAR-OLD 33” MARE THAT DRIVES AND RIDES. SHE HAS GREAT GROUND MANNERS AND ENJOYS BEING GROOMED ON THE CROSS TIES. SHE’S GREAT WITH KIDS AND IS INCREDIBLY LOVING. SHE IS REGISTERED. ADOPTION DONATION $600

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BILL & WILL (ADOPTED)

PERCHERON-GELDING-13 & 14 YRS. OLD-17HH

ADOPTION DONATION $12,000

These sweet geldings are as good as they come! Bill and Will are easy to handle, have a lot of experience riding and driving everything from a wagon to a sleigh and have exceptional ground manners. They are good or the vet and trimmer and pick up all four feet! They are only being adopted together and come with their harnesses and collars!!!!

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CONNER (ADOPTED)

CONNER IS A FANCY LARGE PONY GELDING WHO IS SUPER SWEET AND EASY GOING ON THE GROUND. HE HAS MORE WOAH THAN GO WITH A QUIET WALK AND LARGE SPRINGY TROT. HE WOULD BE PERFECT FOR A SMALL ADULT LOOKING FOR A TRAIL RIDING PARTNER. ADOPTION DONATION $900