While this handsome redhead might not be the tallest of fellows, he makes up for his lack of vertical in his huge personality (and his not-so-small belly!). You can always rely on “Shottie” to greet you at his stall door or at the fence when it’s time to come in from turnout. He loves attention from people and is eager to please. Unlike some OTTBs, Shottie thoroughly enjoys being groomed, and would happily stand for grooming all day long. Even when bathing, Shottie is happy to stand still. Similarly, he is easy to handle for the vet and farrier, as well as around the barn.
Heckuvashot’s easy demeanor carries over to his behavior under saddle too. Shottie is more of a ‘kick ride’— he is happy to go slow, and he has definitely transitioned easily from his racing career! He has been ridden all over the property and is quite brave and willing to handle all sorts of new situations. He would do best with an intermediate rider who would just like to ride for pleasure or go on trails. He will not be a candidate for any jumping disciplines.
In turnout, Heckuvashot keeps mostly to himself or tends to bond with more mature-type horses. He’s not one for too much tomfoolery. While Shottie loves as much time outside as he can get, he is quiet in his stall as well, but he can get and will crib without a cribbing collar. He does not crib in turnout though, so a runout or situation with lots of pasture access would be ideal for him.
He is horse who very much enjoys having ‘his person,’ and will bond quickly with someone who has warm, quiet energy.
Heckuvashot is eligible for the RRP’s 2018 TB Makeover Challenge.