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OTTB Gelding for Dressage or Show Hunters

Age: 10 years old
Height: 16.1 hands,
Gender: Gelding
Breed: Thoroughbred

Rehoming Fee available on request - Re-homing Agreement
Offered by Maker's Mark Secretariat Center
Maker's Mark Secretariat Center, 4089 Iron Works Parkway, Lexington, KY 40511

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Souza, a 16.1hh 2010 gelding by First Defence out of Jazz Drummer, is a true character. Give him a stage, and he will dazzle you with his athleticism and comedic horsenality. In fact, he was so precocious when he came to the MMSC from the track two years ago that we thought he was destined for a career in eventing. Indeed his cheeky behavior along with his lithe movement attracted an event rider looking for a promising prospect. She took him home and lovingly dubbed him “Baby Shark,” because of his proclivity to explore everything around him with his mouth. "Baby Shark" did well—getting ribbons in dressage at Devon, and progressing to jumping 2’6”. But as he matured, he came to crave the stage of an arena and the presence of an audience, and he lost all his sparkle when alone on cross country. As a result, Souza is back at the MMSC and in search of his next partner. Souza is confident, curious, and ingenious. His mind is always busy, he has strong opinions, and he amuses everyone he meets by sticking out his tongue. If you’re looking for a dance partner who will put a smile on your face every day, then come meet Souza without delay!

Suitability and Training

Temperament for Souza:
On a scale of 1 to 5 with 1 being Calm and 5 being Spirited, Souza is a 3.00.

More about temperament:
Please disregard the numbered temperament option and instead read the above description of the horse. Contact us with questions or for more information.

Best career/placement option for repurposing Souza:

More about career/placement options:
Suitable for a career in dressage or show hunters, possibly show jumpers. Souza does not enjoy eventing or trail riding.

Areas in which Souza has experience:

Where is Souza located?

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Souza is located at Maker's Mark Secretariat Center, 4089 Iron Works Parkway, Lexington, KY 40511.

Total acreage dedicated specifically to the horses: ~16
Our organization has use of the following at this facility:
Structures/Barns: 1  Run-in sheds: 4
Pastures: 11  Paddocks/Pens: 2
Uncovered Outdoor Rings: 1  Covered Outdoor Rings: 0
Indoor Rings: 0
Horses do not have assigned stalls in the structure(s).
Horses are stalled for 1-3; hours per day, on average.
The following describes the pastures at this facility:
    This facility has a written plan in place for pasture management, which includes guidelines for seeding, fertilizing, irrigation, mowing, dragging, harrowing, manure removal, removal of debris, the control of poisonous plants, and a schedule for cleaning
    A dedicated staff person(s) is responsible for pasture management
    All pastures are fenced to prevent escape or injury
    Fencing checks, such as broken or missing planks, loose fence posts, exposed or loose nails, detached wires, etc., are done regularly
    Pastures are rotated
    Pastures have man-made protection for horses (i.e., shelters)

The following describes the turnout areas other than pastures at this facility:
    This facility has a written plan in place for the maintenance of turnout areas, which includes a schedule for cleaning, manure removal, and dragging
    A dedicated staff person(s) is responsible for the maintenance of turnout areas
    All turnout areas are fenced to prevent escape or injury
    Fencing checks, such as broken or missing planks, loose fence posts, exposed or loose nails, detached wires, etc., are done regularly

How many hours per day, on average, are horses turned out:
    Horses are out 24/7 except they are brought in if there is inclement weather
    Horses are out 24/7 except when they are being trained
    Horses are out 24/7 except when they are used for the conduct of the organization's programs

The following items are consistent with our feed management plan and practices:
    Horses are provided with individualized feeding plans, including supplements, according to age and any health issues
    Supplement plans are determined in consultation with a veterinarian
    Horses are fed in individual stalls
    Horses are fed in groups
    Staff and volunteers are trained in proper feed measurements and protocols and observed periodically to ensure they are feeding correctly
    The feed chart is centrally located and updated as needed
    The area(s) where hay, feed, grain, and supplements are stored are kept clean, free of debris and chemicals, and protected from weather and other animals in rodent-proof and mold-proof containers and grain bins
    Feed, supplements and hay types are clearly labeled
    Water sources, i.e., buckets, troughs, automatic waterers, etc. are kept clean, free of debris and chemicals, and protected from weather and other animals
    Medications are kept in a locked, climate-controlled area

Our organization has the following policies and procedures in place pertaining to the ongoing assessment of horses in its care:
    Photographs are taken of each horse upon arrival at the facility and kept with the horse's health records
    Horses at our facility may be treated by an equine chiropractor
    Horses at our facility may be treated by an equine acupuncturist
    Horses at our facility may be treated by an equine massage therapist
    Horses at our facility may be treated by an equine nutritionist

Horses have access to clean drinking water at all times
Hoof Care: How often is hoof care provided for each horse? Every 4-8 weeks and when an issue arises
Dental Care: How often is dental care provided for each horse? Annually and when an issue arises
Physical Examinations: How often is each horse given a physical exam by a veterinarian? Only when an issue arises
Horse checks: How often are horses visually and physically checked by personnel at the facility? Every day or 6 days a week
Parasite Control: Our organization has the following worming protocols in place:
    Fecal testing is performed prior to the use of a de-wormer.

Fly/Insect Control: What remedies are used to control flies and insects? :
    Fly Traps and Tapes
    Fly Spray Repellent
    Fly Masks
    Fly Sheets

Our Rehoming Policies

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Our organization has the following re-homing (adoption/purchase) policies and procedures in place:
    All potential adopters/purchasers complete an application/contract which constitutes the agreement between our organization and the new owner
    Potential adopters/purchasers must visit our organization and be observed with the horse on site
    Adopters/purchasers can return a horse to our organization free of charge
    Our agreement states that re-homed horses CAN be sold or given away with prior written approval of our organization
    Our agreement states that if there is any breach of contract the horse must be returned to our organization
    Our agreement states that our organization reserves the right to make unannounced visits to see the horse within the first year of adoption
    Our agreement states that our organization reserves the right to make scheduled visits to see the horse within the first two years of adoption
    Our agreement states that our organization reserves the right to visit the horse at any time.
    Adopters/purchasers are required to provide updates (photos, vet records) for three or more years

Our organization requires references from the following:

Transfer of ownership occurs:   Immediately (at the time of adoption/purchase)

The average equine re-homing (adoption/purchase) fee received by your organization:  Over $1,500

Our organization has the following rehoming fee policies:
    Fees may vary depending on the equine level of training
    Fees may vary depending on the equine age
    Fees may vary depending on the equine type
    Fees may vary depending on the equine health and soundness

Additional information about our rehoming policies and practices:
Prospective adopters first complete an MMSC adoption application. The application includes a summary of the applicant's riding and horse experience, a description of the type of horse for which they are searching, photographs of the location in which any adopted horse will be living (barns and paddocks), and three references in the categories of Non-family character, Equine professional, and Veterinary. Each application is thoroughly reviewed by the MMSC Director and an Approval Committee made up of three MMSC Consulting Board Members. After being approved for adoption, the MMSC requires that all potential adopters travel to the MMSC and ride each horse they are interested in adopting, in order for the MMSC staff to assess their riding ability and their personality match with the horses. Should questions be raised at any point in the approval process, the MMSC Director will contact the applicant and talk through each issue, be it fencing concerns, financial concerns, or horse-handling concerns. All prospective adopters are required to complete a standard liability waiver prior to handling or riding any horses. At this point in the adoption process, the prospective adopter has already communicated thoroughly with either the MMSC Director or the Barn Manager, including conversations about the prospective adopter’s current riding level, skill with handling horses, type of personality desired in a horse, and current available MMSC horses that may be a match for the prospective adopter. The MMSC staff also carefully reviews the adopter’s equine professional reference that is included in the adoption application, and if necessary speaks directly to the equine professional. Upon arrival at the MMSC, and after signing a standard liability waiver, the prospective adopter may meet and handle any of the horses previously discussed as potential matches. The prospective adopter may then ride any of those same horses, following a ride by the Barn Manager or current Head Rider or Trainer. If at any point while the MMSC staff is riding the horse to show to the prospective adopter, the horse should appear unsafe for the prospective adopter to ride, or unsound in any fashion, the prospective adopter will not be allowed to ride the horse on that day. All rides occur in the MMSC’s arena, and if necessary, the MMSC staff may begin by lunging the rider on the horse to ensure safety. The MMSC Adoption Contracts states that should the horse adopted from the MMSC prove unsuitable for the purpose adopted, it can be returned to the MMSC at any point within 30 days of the adoption date as listed on the adoption contract. Upon return of the horse, the adopter will be given a credit for the sum initially donated at the time of the adoption, minus the expenses incurred by the MMSC for the care of the horse. After 30 days following the adoption date, the horse may not be returned to the MMSC for any reason, due to the very limited space on the MMSC’s campus. An exception to this policy is as follows: if the owner is truly in desperate need of finding a new home for the horse, and the horse still qualifies for acceptance in the Horse Centered Reschooling Program, the horse may return to the MMSC. The original adopter would complete an Intake Agreement, donating the horse to the MMSC and officially transferring ownership. Should the owner need to find a new home for the horse and the horse no longer qualifies for acceptance into the Horse Centered Reschooling Program due to age or injury, the MMSC will work with the adopter to find a suitable home for the horse. In addition to the above policies, the adopter agrees in the adoption contract that if at any point in time the horse is found to be in physical condition significantly less than that in which it left the MMSC or is found to be living in a squalid environment, this constitutes a breach of contract and the MMSC may repossess the horse without any notice or consent of the adopter. The MMSC tracks its adopted horses for their lifetimes. Each year, adopters must complete a Track for Life form and return it to the MMSC with current photos of the adopted horse. Failure to do so results in a fee. Adopters may sell their horses at any time but the individual purchasing the horse must be approved by the MMSC and sign a Transfer Adoption Contract. This new owner must also continue to submit Track for Life forms for the duration of the horse's life.

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More About Us

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Maker's Mark Secretariat Center
4089 Iron Works Parkway
Lexington KY 40511
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Public Charity

Our Mission/How we are involved with horses:
The Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center (“MMSC”) is a 24-acre, 501(c)(3) non-profit horse adoption program located at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY. The MMSC’s mission is to prepare off track Thoroughbreds for happy, healthy, and successful post-track careers by rehabilitating and giving them a broad-based foundation of skills to ensure a harmonious match with their adopters. We advocate for the athleticism and versatility of the American Thoroughbred and provide educational opportunities for human development through horsemanship.

Primary Focus involving horses (Horse Welfare, Public Service, Sport & Recreation):  Horse Welfare

Our organization operates programs involved with horse rescue, foster care, rehabilitation, adoption and/or retirement.

Our organization's primary activity is equine rescue & adoption.

Our organization provides community outreach and/or public education programs involving horses.

100% of our total programs and services are horse-related.

EIN: 45-3536475
Founded: 2012

Equine Welfare Network Guardian
We are proud to be a *2019 Guardian and share our horse care & use practices with the public.

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