Tip for Tap was adopted in March of 2023 by Terry in Connecticut. Terry is really excited to bring him along as a low-level hunter. She says he's been wonderful and has settled in quickly. We can't wait to see them grow together!
Tip for Tap is a Pennsylvania bred, 2017 gelding who arrived recently by way of Aftercare Charles Town. He is a good sized, chestnut gelding who raced 14 times, earning almost $100,000! He retired after coming down with chondritis which ultimately ended his racing career.
For pedigree buffs, this is a good one. He is by Tapizar (by Tapit, out of a Deputy Ministe mare) and out of a Giant's Causeway mare (with Storm Cat, Rahy, and Dehere all on that dam's side). First impressions confirm he seems like a classy guy.
A recent scope shows some reduction to his airway, but he should do great in a low-level home, even with some jumping. Our vet evaluation with him went great. The vet and the vet tech were both so impressed with his quality and condition. He is barefoot so was a little tender jogging on the concrete but looks great out on soft footing (turnout, etc). He was clean and sound otherwise.
The vet reviewed the scope information from his track eval and concurred that he can still have an athletic future, with even hunter/jumping in his future. He just might start making a little noise going up the levels which will help him find his limit.
There are plenty of horses out there with airway issues that make noise but still thrive at lower level jumping. If you have reasonable/modest goals, I wouldn't let it rule him out for you.