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I adopted a blue roan Appaloosa Stallion from a PMU ranch you were adopting off back in the winter of 2005. His name was/is Will. He was gelded there in Canada after I sent my adoption fee and within a week was shipped down to us in Maryland. The ranch was folding and all the horses there were to be sold either through rescue or sent to auction. I felt most sorry for these adult stallions, as there were several at that facility. I knew people would be interested in the foals and mares, but what chance did those stallions have? I chose Will out of the several you had posted photos of. He was said to be about 10 yrs old and had been breeding back the PMU mares for years, probably a PMU foal himself at one time. I was told the mares were put out with the stallions just before or after they foaled, with foals by their sides to be bred back during their foal heat or the next heat after. I knew a Stud that was kept in that environment would be extremely herd savvy and also had to be kind to be out with all those foals and not get his head kicked off by a mare for being rude or short tempered to the babies.
 
He came to me in December of 2005 unbroken of course and not too keen on even leading with a halter. He appeared to have never been in a stall, but loved it immediately, and never wanted to be out in the weather after his first cold night in! I began breaking him in January and by May was riding him out on trails in earnest both with groups and alone. Although he was used constantly and for many years for breeding he has never once shown an ounce of romantic interest in my mares. He has never mounted a mare in the field when turned out with them. It's as if he wanted to be retired from that "job"! He has been such a wonderful horse to me. He and I bonded during his training. I used round pen training initially and found that his observation of body language was amazing! I attribute that to his herd living arrangements with the mares throughout the years. He was certainly used to being told what to do, where to stand and when to move by the ladies, so it was easy for me to use that same herd sensibility to train him. He will mimic  and mirror my movements to the smallest detail and I even taught him tricks. He is brilliantly smart.
 
He is probably around 16+ yrs. or so now and is still one of two of my most faithful trail mounts. He is sure footed, brave and fun loving out on trails. I live over the Susquehanna River in PA now, the terrain is rough, rocky and cliff ridden. He is a gem! He has never once refused anything in front of him. I don't think he know he could! Let no one say that an old dog can't learn new tricks! He was one of the easiest horses I have ever trained! The only buck he's ever thrown under saddle was due to bees! He has been the picture of health since I have had him never needing any medical attention other than his yearly vaccines and check up.
 
I just wanted to update you on one of your PMU saves. He certainly is a blessing to me, and I thank you for the opportunity to have given him a home. he has given me so much more than I could have ever imagined. I don't know if Helen will remember this horse or not, you all adopted so many out during that time from the PMU ranches in Canada.
 
We also adopted a PMU yearling two years later through you from a feed lot in Canada, he too is an amazing horse! We named him Jake.
 
I've attached a few photos of Will and wanted to thank you again for a wonderful rescue experience with your foundation and a big thank you for all you do for these horses. The red roan in two of the photos is Jake, the yearling colt we also adopted through you a few years after Will. We always say that Will raised that colt and that's why Jake is such a nice guy too.
 
Kind Regards,
 
Stacy Rawlings
Brogue, PA