This big young guy is one of the kindest, most unflappable, laid back horses we have listed this year! Add to that his substantial size, soundness, clean legs, and good movement, and he is quite the attractive package. When he was a baby, he lost his right eye, but it hasn’t posed any limitations for him at all. We watched as his trainer took his blanket off over his head and groomed him and moved all around him in the stall, and King Ming stood quietly. The trainer says he is an all around good horse who is a pleasure to be around, and is never spooky or never acts startled due to his one-eyed status. King Ming is looking for a new career because he has been too slow on the track, never hitting the board in 12 starts. They tried him on the synthetic surface at Presque Isle and on the Finger Lakes dirt, and the surface change did not make him any more competitive. His trainer says he is completely sound, and his legs are very clean. Out in the road for his photos, King Ming posed like a statue on a loose lead, and never even fidgeted as cold wind gusted around and the call to the post for the first race blared nearby. His truly unflappable nature was highlighted when, as we were finishing the photo session, noisy heavy equipment started lifting and emptying a metal dumpster at the end of his barn, and there was a loud bang and clash of metal on metal causing our volunteer to flinch and jump — but King Ming just gave the clattering huge object a curious glance and walked right into the barn without turning a hair. He jogged very politely, and even though his trainer jogged him slowly, we could see that King Ming is a very good light and balanced mover. We think dressage could be a natural discipline for him where he could excel. He would also be great for lower level eventing or hunter paces and trails. King Ming has classy breeding. He is by Bluegrass Cat out of a Mineshaft mare who comes from one of the best female families in the US stud book, that has produced many champions and Hall of Fame members.
Price: $1,000 negotiable to an excellent home
Contact: Bill Bartlett 585-749-6446
As always, a pre-purchase veterinary exam is recommended.