Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Welcome Asterik

Asterik is our newest retiree to join us on the farm. He made the trip down from Long Island a few weeks ago. Asterik is a Holsteiner by the famous show jumping stallion Cathargo. Asterik is dearly loved by his owner who is understandably devastated at having to retire this talented horse at the young age of thirteen. Asterik stepped on a nail at a horse show and it went through his foot. After exhausting all resources for Asterik as far as diagnostics, testing and rehabilitation his mom came to the hard decision to retire him. She told me he would probably be sound enough for flat work for awhile, but his future was too uncertain for her to be comfortable enough to sell him to a non-jumping home. So she made the decision to retire him and we are the lucky ones who have been chosen to host Asterik in retirement.

Asterik was a wonderful horse and showed (and won) in both the hunters and the jumpers. In addition to having the scope for the jumper ring, he had the movement, stylish jump and soft way of going for the hunter ring. He also has a big personality and loves to play and interact with horses, humans, and anything else that happens to be in his path. Welcome Asterik, we are thrilled to have you with us!

Asterik easily cleared this fence with mom; you can tell he isn't even trying

Asterik's first day with us; he loves to strike a pose for the camera

Trying to introduce himself to Cloudy

Playing with a stickHaving fun
Trying to follow all of the chickens around
Asterik especially loved the goats; he thought they were awesome
When the goats would go in their house Asterik would stand there with his head in the door and watch them
Asterik with Sebastian, one of his new roomies
Trillion, Asterik and Sebastian were intently focused on something


ezra_pandora said...

That's a nea picture with Asterik and Sebastian. Almost mirror image. That's great she would rather retire him than see him go to a home with an uncertain future. She knows he'll be in good hands. What a pretty boy.

Melissa-ParadigmFarms said...

I really like the picture of Asterik and Sebastian as well!

It is great that she is willing to step up and retire him given that he would have an uncertain future. Another score for the good guys!

fuglyhorseoftheday said...

Gosh, he is BEAUTIFUL! What a gorgeous, gorgeous head. I love the pic of him with the goats. He must think is so fun and different after the show barn life.