New arrival

Today we had a new arrival at the ranch. A young dappled grey Thoroughbred gelding. A quick research of his tattoo told us he is registered as Sterling image. He is 7 years old, he will be 8 this April. He raced for a brief time with earnings of over $60,000 in his 7 wins. We are looking for a barn name for him, and are open to suggestions. Jessie has been suggested
He was known to be moody, aggressive and temperamental, but we saw none of that today. He walked into the trailer without hesitation, and did the same upon arrival at the ranch. He calmly walked on lead, taking in the countryside, acting like he had been here a million times. He greeted a couple of the horses, ears forward and with nickers.
As you can see from the pictures, he needs a bath. It will be interesting to see how much is dirt and stains and how much is his coloring. The dirty winter coat hides how thin he is, more so than the pictures show and it will take some time before he is an adequate weight.
Along with an adequate diet, he is in great need of dental work. Our vet will be out to examine him and bring him up to date with care. We'll keep you up to date on his progress.

Sterling Image seemed quite content to be at the ranch...
a closer look shows his thin body

JP greeted our new fellow with many nickers
He only peeked over his stall, not leaving his hay for long