Blue Ridge Banjoe

Blue Ridge Banjoe

“Banjoe” is an incredibly kind, 3 year old gelding by Fairbanks who arrived to After the Races at the end of April directly from his owner and breeder. While Banjoe was started under saddle with his kind trainer, he wasn’t quite holding up to the rigors of training and his connections made the responsible choice not to push him into a racing career. Diagnostics done in their care show an abnormality in one sesamoid, and we plan to do a few more diagnostics here to learn what we can about what his future might hold.

Banjoe is currently butt-high, having just turned 3 years old on April 26, and appears to be about to go through another growth spurt. His haunches measure at 17.1 and a half while his withers measure at 16.2 and a half. This is going to be one big horse once he evens out and matures fully (which could easily take him til he’s 5 years old). Thankfully he is a gentle giant, taking his new routine in with caution but putting trust in his handlers every step of the way.

Banjoe has no vices and currently lives with two other geldings. We have him barefoot at the moment but will likely put shoes on him based on our veterinarian’s recommendation when he is evaluated on Thursday, May 4th. May 4th’s evaluation was fairly brief unfortunately as we were running out of time. Banjoe presented as largely sound, just a smidge off up front where we were aware he might have an issue. He’s still plenty sound for turn-out and likely light work, but we’re going to do an ultrasound on our next vet visit around May 17th to get more information.

Stay tuned for more information on Banjoe!