Rest In Peace, Hoover.
Hoover got his name because some men found him emaciated and wandering on Hoover Road, here in Wichita, Kansas.
Hoover is a cribber. So far, that is his only vice of which we are aware.
He is the first horse we've ever gotten that cribs. He may stop doing so once he becomes confident that food is always available, but there are many other reasons for a cribbing habit, so we don't know if he'll ever overcome it.
We immediately put Hoover into a stall by himself, he was not strong enough to contend with the other horses and required a special mash for feed.
Hoover is one of our favorite horses. He has such a will to live.
He brought much attention to the plight of these unwanted horses, as he opened many people's eyes that this sort of thing happens.
He came to us in June of 2010, but we couldn't tell anyone about him due to legal restrictions.
We fed him and cared for him, took care of his feet which had old racing shoes on them.
He most likely came from a racing stable somewhere.
And here he is later in the year. He is an older gelding probably around 12 .
When he was strong enough we put him out with the others, and he spends his time relaxing and grazing with friends.
Here he is (on the left) next to Thomas. You'd almost mistake them for twins.
He has a great personality, and we'll assess how rideable he is soon.
Lisa has been taking him out on rides. She says he's a real gentleman, he spooked a couple of times, but settled down when she spoke to him.
One thing to be aware of, if he gets excited, he can be hard to hold back. Lisa had to make him do a few circles to get back down to a walk, but says it's not hard to do. He is probably too strong, she says, for a child to hold him back if he gets excited. He's for a more advanced rider.
Here is a picture of Hoover with his new forever mom's mom, Amy.
And with his new forever mom, Saje.
And again. Don't they make a great couple?
They say horses pick their owners. Hoover even trades clothes with his...
Saje riding Hoover.
March 22, 2012
From Saje's mom, Amy:
It is with great sorrow that I must tell everyone of the passing of Saje's beloved Hoover.
Saje found Hoover yesterday morning when she went out to do chores. He died instantly from a heart arrithyma. He just fell down onto the fence.
The vet said she had detected a arrithyma in his heartbeat back in January. This is common in thoroughbred racehorses due to them being pushed to hard at too young of an age.
At least we can take comfort in the fact that he didn't suffer and that his heart just stopped... He was a gentle giant who we all loved very much.
We chose to take in animals that have health problems, or had been seriously abused, so therefore there is a higher chance that these things are going to happen. Yet we don't regret it for a minute.
Hoover never went hungry again, he had more food than he could eat, he had all the proper vet care, and hoof care a person can provide, he had room to run, a barn for shelter, even his own blanket , he was king of the herd with his harem of mares,and most of all he had the love a little girl who would brush him for hours and pet him till he fell asleep.
The pain we feel now is worth the joy we brought to him and the joy he brought to us and I will continue to take in these older horses who have health problems, or who have been abused and give them the love and care they deserve.
Goodbye sweet Hoover. You were the sweetest, kindest horse I have ever met. Thank you Hoover for giving Saje such joy and love. She loved you so much and misses you so, please give her some angel kisses from heaven so she can smile again. Saje will be with you again someday on the otherside of the Rainbow. Goodbye my gentle giant....