Sheikh of Sheikhs
ARRIVED AT ATR:
Discreetly Mine - Homesteader, by Pioneering
Sheikh was adopted in March of 2023 by repeat adopter Rosie and her mother Pam in New York. They are so excited to bring him home to be a retiree's trail horse as well as possible low-level event horse if he takes to it. They're a great family and an absolutely forever home.
Sheikh was adopted in October of 2021 by the Philadelphia Mounted Police Unit. He's being returned to After the Races after not quite cutting it on the streets of Philadelphia. Sheikh of Sheikhs is a big, 10 year old, graded-stakes placed, bay gelding who originally came to us by way of Beyond the Wire in Maryland.
During his time with the police he has undergone a lot of desensitizing training and dressage-based flat work. The biggest reason he did not work out was because he always wanted to be first when on patrol.
It takes a lot to be a police horse in a city like Philadelphia and we don't blame him at all. We're actually excited to have a horse in our program that is well-restarted, desensitized, and overall very nice to work with. We expect he'll make a phenomenal horse for his next adopter!
Sheikh got a clean bill of health with our vet. He arrived in four shoes but we've since adjusted him to just fronts. Under saddle he has all his gaits, sometimes his changes, and bravely goes over cross rails, logs and poles. We'll be taking him trail riding more extensively soon. He's soft, he's game, and he listens.
Sheikh has no vices and is good in turnout with geldings (haven't tried with mares yet). He has a lot of presence and we think would be awesome to see as some kind of sport horse, though he may make a great active trail horse for someone as well.S