Located at Finger Lakes Race Track, Farmington, NY (near Rochester)
Best dapples ever, and such a gorgeous guy! And while we are on “ever” superlatives, his trainer told us that he is “the sweetest horse ever in the world!” This gorgeous young gelding has had one win in 5 races, and since he broke his maiden he is not showing any competitiveness at the next racing conditions level. His trainer told us that while the horse is sound and clean legged, they have had trouble keeping shoes on him — he kept overstepping from behind and pulling off his front shoes. So to help grow out the hoof wall in his front feet they recently put glue on shoes on him, and they think that once he has grown his wall strongly enough to get out of the glue ons, he should be fine for conventional nail on shoes. But they do advise that anyone who gets “BSE” have a good farrier to work with who understands TB feet. His trainer informed us that “BSE” also has occasional stringhalt in the left hind leg, more evident when he has not been in regular work, and rarely exhibited when he is warned up and trotting or galloping on the track. She told us that the exercise riders report that he is lovely and smooth to ride and they have never felt any hitch in his gait. On the day we photographed “BSE” he had not galloped or worked in about ten days , and he did show some stringhalt high steps in his left hind as he walked out of his stall and out into the road. But, as is evident in the jog video, once he got trotting he moved very nicely. He is a very friendly and affectionate horse who eagerly accepted treats and loved the attention. He was a perfect gentleman for his photographs and jog video, and his trainer kept raving about what a kind and sweet horse he is, wonderful to deal with. If you are not looking to win show hunter under saddle classes or rated dressage tests, where an occasional stringhalt high step could knock you out of the ribbons, but you are looking for a sound, gorgeous, sweet young gelding who could be a great jumper, fox hunter, hunter pace or pleasure or trail horse, “BSE” presents an enticing bargain opportunity. His connections — some of our favorite people on the track who always represent their horses honestly — care deeply about getting this lovely dappled sweetheart a good home, and references will be required and checked. Best Surprise Ever is by Giant Surprise, a son of Giant’s Causeway, and his dam is by Stephen Got Even, a son of AP Indy.
Price: $850 negotiable to an excellent home
Contact: Michelle Tasso 585-472-2804. Text only and please do not contact after 8 pm.
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