Silent Bolt was adopted by Virginia Tech in late August, 2016. Silent Bolt is going to be part of their research and horsemanship program, teaching students about nutrition and horsemanship as one of their valued horses. We are so happy to have found a home where Silent Bolt can enjoy an easy retirement in addition to giving back to the next generation of horsemen!
Silent Bolt is a very sweet 16-16.1 hand, 9 year old gelding by Defrere who was given to ATR by his breeder and owner after both paying his dues as a racehorse and as a babysitter on their farm. He has been ridden since racing and reportedly has done some dressage and jumping, but will need some refreshing. His former owner thinks he would make a really nice trail or pleasure horse. From watching him in the field and in hand, he seems to be a nice mover with the brain and attitude to do well with an amateur as well as professional.
Silent Bolt is blind in one eye after a minor racing injury. However he’s very trusting of his handlers and seems to want to please. His vet evaluation on the farm went very well and he should do well in most disciplines. We’d love to find him a one-person home with someone who enjoys forming a bond with their horse. Silent Bolt has been started undersaddle but we have not had the time to put into him that he needs. We would consider waiving his adoption fee to a great home willing to take over or use him as a companion horse.