Cosmic Kris, a 15 year old gelding, who joined us here at After the Races in October. He arrived from Kentucky where he’s been living at Denali Stud, enjoying retirement after placing in multiple graded stakes races! We’re told he retired without injury, and has been sound and well kept since he retired in 2010 with $250,000 in lifetime earnings. Cosmic Kris was very fortunate to have racing owner Gabe to take such good care of him after retirement, and his connections feel that Cosmic Kris deserves a chance at a new career with a loving owner.
Upon arrival, he has proven to be much what we expected. He’s very sweet with a mature, quiet mind and in good shape. Our vet gave him a thorough evaluation and he could find no reason to limit him! We are hoping to ease him back into work here shortly and work toward turning him into a wonderful pleasure horse or lesson horse prospect. He will likely be a great horse for amateurs who want something fun but predictable.
We spent a couple weeks focusing on ground work with Kris prior to putting him under saddle as it had been a while for him. He lunges beautifully and we’ve also begun riding him as well. Under saddle, like on the ground, this is a horse who desperately wants to please his rider. He even worries a bit about doing the wrong thing! We’ve been enjoying doing walk/trot work with this sweet horse. He’s very quiet, steady, and has a soft mouth. Probably my mid-to-late November we should have him cantering and then we’ll start adding trail riding to his routine as well.
We have not set an adoption fee yet for Kris as we’re not quite ready to adopt him out. It will probably be in the $1000-$2000 range depending on how well he continues to progress.