- Horse Name: Tango
- Price: $400
- Location: College Station, TX
- Breed: Paso Fino, Ponies
- Gender: Gelding
- Height: 12.1 Hands
- Color: Grey
- Foal Date:
- Horsemanship (Prospect)
- Gaited (Prospect)
- Halter (Prospect)
- Showmanship (Prospect)
- Trail Horse (Prospect)
TANGO - BEHS 1173
Tango was surrendered to the Houston SPCA when his owner could not care for him, along with a large herd of horses. The Houston SPCA then placed him with Bluebonnet for halter training/gentling, rehabilitation, and eventual rehoming.
Tango had not been handled before coming to Bluebonnet, and he was still a stallion. He was also underweight, so his foster home's first goal was to get him healthy and used to be handled. Once she could safely catch and lead him and his weight was good, he was gelded (June 2021).
EVALUATION AND TRAINING
Although the only handling Tango had had before he came to Bluebonnet was to be rounded up and loaded into a trailer and then ran through a chute to get a Coggins pulled and vaccinations, he quickly settled into his foster home and became curious about his foster family.
Within a few weeks, his foster "mom" could halter him in his stall and started leading him. She started turning him out in a paddock and before long, he would let her walk up to him to catch him in the paddock, lead him into and out of the barn.
As of July 2021, he's learning to stand tied, he will pick up both front feet and hold them up for his foster home, and he's learning to pick up his back feet. He has had to be sedated to be trimmed, but he is imporoving with frequent feet-handling training sessions.
His foster home says he's curious and friendly but reserved with new people. She believes he will regress when he's adopted but should come around quickly if he's handled frequently.
She says he's incredibly smart and once he's learned something - like to cross an obstacle in hand - he "has it" and doesn't need a lot of repititious training.
He is currently 12.1 hh and may make 12.2 or 12.3 hh, but he's always going to be a small horse. He does have the lovely Paso Fino gait, and he is a sensitive guy.
He's looking for just the right adopt - a very small adult or small teenager with a lot of experience who doesn't mind taking on a project. He needs someone willing to invest some time to gain his trust, and then he's going to be a "pocket pony" who loves attention. He is always happy to see his foster "mom" when she comes to the barn or paddock, and he looks to her for reassurance when he's nervous.
If you are looking for a horse for your kids to jump on toda yor a horse to throw out in the pasture and not handle, he's not it. He's not broke to ride and is not far enough along in his ground work to be handled by kids. If put out to pasture and not handled, he's probably going to lose the training ground he's gained in foster care. But if you would like an adorable pony to spend time with, work with on the ground, and even do in hand trail, in hand obstacles, or in hand agility with - he's your boy. He would love to have his very own person!
Leads: Yes - he crowds a bit but is getting better daily
Bathes: Not yet
Clips: Not yet
For adoption in Texas and surrounding states – to adopt, fill out our adoption application at bluebonnetequine.org/adoption-fostering-application-multipage/ This horse is located at a foster home in Rosharon, Texas. Adoption Fee: $400
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