- Horse Name: Diesel
- Price: $550
- Location: El Dorado Hills, CA
- Breed: Mustang
- Gender: Gelding
- Height: 14.2 Hands
- Color: Bay
- Foal Date:
- Weight: 950 lbs
- Temperament: 3 (1=Bombproof, 10=Hot)
If you are interested in adopting this horse, please submit an Adoption Inquiry via AAE's website; No texts please: https://www.allaboutequine.org/how-to-adopt.html.
Diesel came to AAE from the USFS in New Mexico after participation in a wild horse gentling program at the Monty Roberts International Learning Center. Diesel was part of a group gathered off the Jarita Mesa Wild Horse Territory in the El Rito Ranger District of the Carson National Forest. After branding day in El Rito NM on June 30, 2016, the gathered horses were available for adoption in El Rito for 21 days, (7/1/2016 to 7/21/2016). They were then moved to Bloomfield, NM and were available for adoption there for 28 days, (7/22/2016 to 8/18/2016), where several were adopted. A small group of 5 was transported to Flag is Up Farms in Solvang CA, where they went through a wild horse gentling program with students participating at the Monty Roberts International Learning Center. They were available for adoption for 75 days, (8/19/2016 to 11/1/2016) and two of the five were adopted. After November 1, 2016, the USFS decided a third good faith effort had been made (three strikes), and the horses were offered for sale ($25) without limitation. Diesel and his two buddies, Scout and Diego, came to AAE in November 2016 in lieu of posting to Craigslist for $25, as requested by the USFS.
Diesel returned to Monty Roberts International Learning Center in 2017 for participation in another student program. Sadly, shortly after arrival, Diesel was lame in the hind end; however, the issue could not be pinpointed. Upon return to AAE, Diesel was put on stall rest and subsequently diagnosed with Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalitis (EPM). Although he was treated, he has residual neurologic deficits that makes him unsafe as a riding horse. Diesel will be adopted into a companion home only as a non-riding horse.
Diesel is a handsome, curious guy. He halters and leads with a very slow, gentle approach. He struggles with a first touch, but once haltered, he has a ton of try. He tries very hard but he continues to have trust and confidence issues with humans. It seems we are finally turning the corner, but he needs every day interaction. If not, he regresses and loses confidence in any initial contact. Initial approach for haltering is most successful in a small space or he will evade. Once haltered, he is fairly easy to handle. He does best when he gets daily interaction. He will need someone who has time to devote to him, with consistency and continuity for an extended period of time (aka, daily for weeks, months). With his inquisitive and playful personality, he could make a fun liberty horse!
Diesel is current with vaccines, deworming, and hoof and dental care. He has a microchip. Diesel needs sedation for farrier work.
Adoption fee subject to change based on training; see website for current information: https://www.allaboutequine.org/adopt-a-horse.html.