Thumper

Thumper seems to have a special place in his heart for bossy women. He currently lives with two strong-minded mares who keep good track of him when he gets overly rambunctious or panicky! Bred for racing, Thumper did a bit of dressage and trail riding as a youngster, before a serious trailer accident changed him. Tests find that some of Thumper's reactions fall outside the realm of normal horse behavior. So Thumper is physically sound, but he can no longer be ridden. 

A real sweetheart with people, we think of Thumper as our challenging but loveable thoroughbred friend. Born in 1988, he is beginning to show his age a little. We give him a special bucket of soaked feed and papaya purée in addition to hay to help keep his weight up. 

Thumper would love to have a home and person of his own. Send Thumper some love and sponsor him today!

Thumper's Progress Journal

Content and sound
Content and sound
June 24, 2016

Thumper has been at Horse Haven for 12 years now. He still lives with his beautiful mare Lady and the two of them are inseparable. Thumper is remarkably sound at 28 years old, but he does struggle with equine odontoclastic tooth resorption and hypercementosis (EOTRH), a condition that affects his teeth and  can make eating somewhat painful at times. To help him get the nutrition he needs, despite the condition of his teeth, he gets a big bucket of soaked hay pellets and rice bran twice a day.  And now that summer is here, he and Lady can often be seen cooling off, as the caregivers spray them with cold water when they fill the water troughs in the afternoon.

Thank you so much for sponsoring Thumper.

Handsome guy
Handsome guy
January 7, 2016

Thumper lost Katie (one of his pasture mates) last March, but he and his other girl, Lady, adjusted just fine and spent a lovely summer grazing on the pastures around Horse Haven.  Now that winter is here (like a typical thoroughbred), Thumper can struggle to hold a good weight, especially since his teeth aren't what they once were. But all in all Thumper looks great for being 27 years old! Thumper and all his friends are given exceptional feed that helps them keep a healthy body weight during the colder months of winter. Thank you for supporting this dear senior horse!

Greener Pastures
August 1, 2015

Thumper is moving on to greener pastures. And by that we just mean that it’s summertime and he’s moving over to the big grass pasture to enjoy the scenery and wander a bit. 

Companionship has always been important for Thumper. It was tough for him (and us) to lose Katie, his beloved friend, to colic this past spring. Luckily, though, he still has his other buddy, Lady, to chat and trot around with. 

As far as other summer plans go, Thumper seems to be plotting some sort of minor revolution against some of the squirrels at the Sanctuary. The other day, he had had enough of one particularly fat, gluttonous squirrel sharing his food. So, Thumper plucked him right up, gently tossed him on his butt and sent him on his merry squirrel way, with a little bit of horse drool and a whole lot of humility. But don’t worry. The little fellow was just fine!

Thank you for sponsoring Thumper and for ensuring he always has green pastures and great care.

Enjoying life
April 23, 2015

Thumper currently lives with two lovely mares (Katie and Lady) who make it their job to keep him in line. This is a very helpful thing for Thumper, as he does best when he has a strong leader to help keep him calm. He is starting to show his age and has a harder time keeping on weight, but it’s nothing too out of the ordinary for a horse his age. He's also a pretty picky eater, which doesn’t help. The wild turkeys that roam free on the Sanctuary grounds have discovered how delicious his twice-daily buckets of soaked food are, and he obligingly tips his bowl over to spill some on the ground for them. He actually does this to see if there are any goodies at the bottom of his bowl, but the turkeys will take it any way they can get it.

Aside from some age-related issues, he is doing well and enjoys life in his comfy pasture. Thank you for sponsoring him. Your support allows us to continue giving top-notch care to Thumper, and many other animals like him.

Consistency is key
January 14, 2015

We’re happy to report that we have nothing much to report on Thumper. 

Thumper is just a different kind of guy who moves to the beat of his own hooves. Things that are normally no big deal for most horses can often catch Thumper off guard, causing him to react in unexpected ways. That’s why consistency is so important for this beautiful thoroughbred.

He continues to thrive with his two pasture mates, Lady and Katie, and that kind of constant, reliable companionship has been great for him. Although he’s definitely starting to show his age a bit more and has some trouble keeping weight on (a common problem for older thoroughbreds), he is looking and feeling good. 

Our sincerest thanks for your sponsorship of Thumper. It is only because of you that we are able to provide a special horse with the consistent support and resources he needs as he grows older.