Dingo loves people and he is very friendly - almost dog like. He will follow you around and wants you to pay attention to him all the time. I just can't really overstate how friendly he has become and how much he likes people. He is now fully halter broke, but he is still a little rustier then I would like with that, so I am still working with him. He can now have his feet done without drama and he is pretty easy to work with when it comes to new things.
Dingo has a very narrow head and long legs. He is in fact ? Appaloosa and ? Arabian, and I think that he is gaining some of his build from the Arabian side. He may well reach 15hh as he appears to still have a lot of growing to do.
Dingo was born on 5/31/07 and named Apaches Hot Shot on a ranch in Idaho called Foundation Appaloosa Ranch (FAR). His dam was FAR Wolfsong, a tricolored leopard mare, and his sire was Apaches McLeo Bar, a bay snowcap stallion. On 12/20/07 when he was 6 months old, Dingo, his dam and 18 other horses were seized by Animal Control due to neglect and were sold through the Lewiston livestock auction despite in-depth plans already committed to rescuing them. Four of these horses were purchased by homes ? the rest were sold for slaughter.
Luckily for Dingo this particular Kill Buyer had a contract to fill. He was looking for young horses to participate in a veterinary study on Strangles vaccinations. Dingo and three of the other young Appaloosas from FAR were sent along with other various yearlings to fill this contract. What happened to them during this time is not completely known. In June of 2008 Dingo once again surfaced at the Kill Buyer?s lot.
The group of twenty nearly wild yearlings was going to be sold to a local Mexican rodeo to be used as tripping horses. SOS Equines was given the opportunity to buy all of these yearlings, sight unseen, or else they would all go to the rodeo. In an amazing act of rescue spirit, the funds for the purchase of these yearlings were raised upon the internet boards and SOS Equines was able to obtain their safety. Once the yearlings arrived at SOS Equines they were sorted, evaluated, photographed and made available to approved homes free of charge. Unfortunately, once these yearlings were out of danger the interest in them seemed to wane and they were left unclaimed with the rescue. As of writing this there are still 14 yearlings available and they have been on SOS Equines? feed bill for nearly 6 weeks.
*Board/feed costs are rarely posted, however most horses incur approximately $200/month in such costs.