Update 2017:

CHANGE is sad to report that "Balou" passed away from medical complications in February 2017. Balou was a sweet and beloved Thoroughbred gelding who will be greatly missed by many. Balou initially came to us as part of a multi-horse seizure and was underweight and neglected. He had one of the most unique dental issues the CHANGE veterinarian has ever seen, and once that was corrected, he thrived. Balou was about 18 years old.

Balou is an 11-year-old Thoroughbred gelding, who has been looking for a loving home. He is good on the trail and does lower level equitation and jumper work. He needs a refresher course on ground training, but will settle in nicely with a loving and committed owner. He trailers and ties well, and is current on vaccination, deworming, dentistry, and foot care!

Balou is happy and healthy and ready for a new home! His beautiful gaits were captured on this recent video as he frolicked in pasture and even showed off a seamless and smooth flying lead change! He is a gorgeous horse and is ready to find a loving family. He has sweet elements to his personality and is quite athletic. Balou video (in YouTube)

Update - May 2010
Balou is now under saddle doing walk, trot, canter work. He is a good boy and loves praise! Check out his most recent pictures and video being ridden! Balou update video (in YouTube)
If you are interested in Balou, please contact:!

Update - June 2010
Congratulations to Linda on your adoption of Balou!

Update - July 2011
Recently, a horse show in Healdsburg had a very special competitor there—CHANGE's Balou and his adopter Linda Aldrich of the Pony Express Equine Assisted Skills for Youth in east Santa Rosa. Balou is a lesson horse in Linda's wonderful program. Linda says that Balou is a fabulous horse and shows a lot of talent in dressage. He is also doing work over fences. This was his first show over fences. Balou stood calmly at a very busy show like he'd done this all his life. He and Linda impressed the judge in their green hunter classes and came home with ribbons. Balou, Linda and CHANGE were publicly recognized by the announcer at the conclusion of their round. Look carefully at one of the photos. Just coincidentally, the CHANGE banner displayed at the show is right behind Balou! (See photos below.)

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