Wally (#Cloverdale12)

UPDATE June 2019: Thanks to special donations made to CHANGE, Wally has spent the past 90 days at a trainer's barn, learning groundwork and being started under saddle. Wally is sweet and eager to learn, but a sensitive fella. Wally spent his formative years as a young stallion confined to a small stall and paddock 24/7, missing out on normal horse developmental experiences. The trainer reports that although Wally is a kind horse, but he struggles at times and he has not caught on very well in training. Wally does not enjoy being under saddle and gets very nervous. At this time, we feel that it would be best to place Wally in a situation where he can be successful as a pet and companion, or possibly a horse that can work at liberty. We are seeking an adopter who can help Wally continue to build confidence as a pasture horse and show him how sweet life in a permanent, loving home can be. But it appears that the pace of his training will need to be slower. Patience will be key in his case. Chronic confinement horses are the most heartbreaking cases we deal with. Wally came to us uneducated, afraid and very unsure of this wide new world he was experiencing for the first time. He was gelded at the age of 10. Thanks to a year with an amazing and patient foster mom, Wally learned about normal horse things like turnout, baths, fly spray, leading, and the farrier. Could you be that special person who will give Wally a happy ending in your pasture?


He is a stunning horse, check out Wally showing off his walk, trot, and canter in this video: 


Please email  director@sonomachangeprogram.com for more information.

Wally is a 12-year-old Paint gelding with a gorgeous marbled eye. He hasn’t had a lot of life experience and had likely never been anywhere before we got him out, but he tries incredibly hard to please. Thanks to an assist from the folks at the American Paint Horse Association, we know his pedigree, though he was never registered. Wally suffered from seriously uncared for feet, and has needed a fair bit of work to get them turned around (as proof it had been awhile, he was clearly confused by being asked to hold up a hoof and get it trimmed). But his hooves have been corrected and now he does great with the farrier! He’s is big and handsome, and really wants to connect with people. He was gelded in May of 2018. Due to his age, the procedure was performed at UC Davis. He recovered well. He is sound and current on all veterinary work and ready for an adoptive home to help him with the next stage of his life journey. 


At Intake:

After 3 weeks of care: