Port Suez – “Fiesta”
ARRIVED AT ATR:
Fiesta was adopted in November, 2016 by Katie in Maryland. Katie is a repeat adopter, volunteer, and board member of ATR and she hopes to be competing with Fiesta in the 2017 Retired Racehorse Project!
Port Suez is a stocky, 3 year old bay gelding that retired through the New Start program at Penn National. He is at least 16.1 hands and nicely put together. He has also put on a lot of weight here and is proving to be an easy keeper. Fiesta is also one of our only barefoot horses in the barn, and has been very sound without shoes even when the ground has been very hard.
While Fiesta has no limitations and is very sound, he did retire with an apical sesamoid fracture (a “chip” really in a non weight-bearing area of the fetlock). There’s no additional arthritic changes and he has been cleared by both his vet at the track who oversaw much of his rehab as well as the vet at our barn where he finished his rehab to go into work without any limits.
So far Fiesta is proving very easy to work with and even a bit on the lazy side! He is currently being ridden mostly at the trot, though we hope to add ground poles and light canter work soon. He is very willing, just needs to learn where all of his body parts are.