Banksy was adopted in March of 2023 by repeat adopter Kathy in Maryland. Kathy is looking forward to brining him along as an all around project and fun horse. We've received word he's already settling in very well to his new home and we can't wait to see how they do!
Step to the Bank is a 7 year old, bay gelding who arrived a few days after castration in July. He came to us through Beyond the Wire. This guy is by Bank Heist (by Maria’s Mon and out of a Dehere mare), and out of a Dixie Brass mare. He raced 10 times and won just one. He retired this year with a bowed tendon which has very little profile. It sounds like it may have bothered him on and off in training before it was diagnosed.
“Banksy,” as we call him, is a perfect gentleman to handle in the barn, to hand graze, and to go to and from the walker or round pen each day. He has shown no real studdy behavior. He did turn into a bit of a cookie monster when given treats so we initiated a no-handfeeding rule with him and his manners returned.
In spite of being gelded at 7 years old, he's done very well around mares. He is a very good eater and loves snacks (thrown in the bucket or on the ground), being groomed, having a bath, and being hand grazed.
Banksy has been healing very well and is now on full-turnout. He has completed the acute phases of his rehab and is entering the phase where Mother Nature takes over (months of turnout!). He seems to get along very easily with new horses and has even been turned out with a mare without issue (though we'd recommend mostly turning out with geldings).
Banksy is a barn favorite with the temperament that a lot of people will love. The only consideration worth mentioning is we do not hand feed him as this caused mouthy behavior. Since stopping hand-feeding treats, he's been wonderful. Soundness wise, he should be able to go on to just about any discipline (other than perhaps upper level eventing - though he could surprise someone down the road). He just needs to complete his pasture time before starting back to work in the spring/summer of 2023.