About Concertos Song
Concertos Song is located at RVR Horse Rescue in Riverview, FL. This “iron horse” retired after racing for 11 years (his first race was 7/21/07), making an incredible 126 starts and racing up and down the US mainland east coast and then in Puerto Rico. He is also a hurricane survivor, having endured the destruction Maria caused to the backstretch of Hipodromo Racetrack September 20, 2017.
Concertos Song is classy, and is “gorgeous” to ride. He gets along with both people and other horses. He’s been spending most days out in a large field paddock with other geldings, “just being a horse”, letting down and re-gaining weight.
X-rays taken in late June 2018 of his feet and legs were surprisingly clean given his long campaign on the track, and the equine veterinary surgeon, who conducts a soundness evaluation on all horses being considered for retirement to CTA, deemed him sound and suitable for an athletic 2nd career (we have X-rays of his legs and feet from June 22, 2018).
He is shod as he found to be somewhat thin soled, but he may be able to go barefoot with time and supplements to help his hooves harden. He has been worked and ridden in round-pen and ridden on trails and in an arena a few times, but he hasn’t gone through targeted or specified re-training (we’ve been letting him “be a horse”). When he is saddled and has a bit in his mouth, he can be strong and wanting to “go” (something that isn’t unusual in war horses used to having jockey get on them and then hit the gas).
He was worked with in a Parelli halter on the ground, and we think working bitless in the saddle may also help him not feel compelled to just go. He is brave on trails - and did we mention that he feels beautiful under saddle?!!
We think anyone willing to provide him with a period of consistent ground and in-the-saddle work will be rewarded with a horse that is not only beautiful to ride, but also a gorgeous mover with a big, kind heart! We can see him mastering the trails, as well as lower-to-intermediate level field hunt, lower-level jumping, and even dressage (he cleans up beautifully). The long campaign at the track and his heartiness shows he is a “solid citizen” of a horse who will do what he believes his rider wants (you just must work with him some to teach him what it is you want of him)!
Video of him being ridden at RVR Horse Rescue on October 13, 2018: https://www.facebook.com/RVRHorseRescue/videos/270683810319404/
Date of Birth: April 20. 2005
Dam: Bobs Hope
Race Record: 126/14,8,7
Date of Last Race: 3/28/18