What a sweet, quiet, good guy this “diamond in the rough” cute young gelding is — and he is just begging to get a great new home where he can be your best friend and enjoy trail riding, low level jumping, and life less strenuous than the racetrack. Leading Storm has bounced around from trainer to trainer — he started his career running well but not quite being able to win on the tough NY circuit, then last summer he was sent to Finger Lakes for softer competition. He won a race at Finger Lakes — still his only win in 14 starts — and was promptly claimed by a trainer who was new to Finger Lakes. This former trainer did diagnostic x-rays after he claimed Leading Storm. The x-rays revealed a small non-displaced knee chip, and the vets said he could keep racing. We listed Leading Storm late last summer for that former trainer, when Leading Storm was sleek and shiny. That trainer raved about what a kind, quiet, good mannered sweet horse he was. But then that trainer had to leave town, and when no one had stepped up to give Leading Storm a new non-racing home, he was passed on to yet another trainer at Finger Lakes, who raced him several more times until the end of the race meet last fall. He put Leading Storm on a farm for the winter, and has put him back into race training this spring. But after a recent workout his knee bothered him for a few days, so it is now time to find him a new home. On the day we photographed him, Leading Storm had not yet shed out his winter coat, and he was missing his front shoes. But his knee was cold, and he jogged well despite missing two shoes, showing very cute movement. The groom who handled him said that he is a very good boy, always kind and easy to work with. Because Leading Storm has raced and trained on the knee chip without major issues, we think that in a less strenuous lower level career he will be fine, and will be a trusted friend who will forever reward the person who steps up for him. He has good balanced conformation, a very kind eye and friendly expression, and we think that once he is cleaned up, gets some good grooming to help him shed out his winter coat, and gets his feet done with shoes back on, he will quickly return to the shiny boy we saw last summer. He is by Forty Tales, a son of Tale of the Cat, out of a mare by Lion Cavern out of a Relaunch dam.
Contact: Marisa 315-719-9665
As always, a pre-purchase veterinary exam is recommended.