GRANT – ATFO 2024 Diamond Division


ATFO candidate in training with Colby O’Connor of Circle C Equine.*

2020 Appalachian Brumby
Chestnut gelding
14 hh
FEE: $1500 starting bid in August


*TRAININGThis horse is part of a special training event called the Appalachian Trainer Face Off. You can learn about it on the ATFO Facebook page or website. Horses in this training event are adoptable in August, following 100+ days of training.


Who doesn’t love an underdog? Or, in this case, horse.
You’ll want to follow the miracle of this guy’s transformation. He is another from the “red-headed” herd that HOP saved from certain starvation in a feral roundup more than two years ago. Grant is already under saddle and learning more each day as he prepares to show everyone this August just what a scrawny, little runt can overcome.

Grant’s trainer, Colby, says he has been interesting and fun to train but a bit challenging at times. “During our training time, some of Grant’s challenges have been the following: Grant loses focus easily on the ground and in the saddle; his mind wanders quite frequently. This usually causes a quick startle. As easy as his brain gets occupied, it’s just as easy to get his attention back on what is being asked of him. I’m sure this is because he is young and just in the beginning stages of learning. We’ve gotten quite a bit accomplished during our time. I’ve had Grant out and about on many trail rides and I’ve also used him to check cows and calves. He will w/t/c with a big stop, is starting to back up nicely, stands for mounting and dismounting, stands for farrier, loads, and unloads.

I can’t wait to see how far this little guy can go in the remaining months!”

Watch him tackle the trails in this video.
Folks, this is the one to watch! Check him out at #hopteamgrant.


Adoption Info:

Adoption fees may be outdated, as a horse may have moved into training, so check with us on most current fee. Horses adopted are typically up to date on vaccines, dental floats, farrier care and all vet needs.

Horses are typically located in the Appalachian area, but please inquire about a horse’s specific location when you apply!

We are looking to adopt to safe homes.

A history of good horsemanship, the ability to provide sufficient care with good vet, farrier and peer references are important. If you are a first-time horse owner, we will require you to board at a facility for the first year while you learn more about care. We encourage everyone to take advantage of riding lessons.

Foal adoptions require previous, established experience with youngsters.

Our adoption process makes sure you get the right horse for you – it is a no-fail process for finding the right match.

Apply at https://www.wvhorserescue.org/adopt

  • Height: 14 hh
  • Registered: No
  • Age: 4
  • Date Foaled: 01/01/2020
  • Color: Chestnut
  • Discipline: Trail Horse
  • Gender: Gelding
  • Is this a rescue?: Yes
  • Rescue's Name: Heart of Phoenix Equine Rescue, INC