Tristano is one of the handsomest young horses we’ve ever had here. A 4-year-old Texas bred gelding, he has a sturdy build (almost looks like a QH) and is a gorgeous shade of dark chestnut. He even has black spots on his hindquarters too.
But what I like best about Tristano is his sweet face. He has the kindest eyes – very Bambi-like! Tristano’s face is so appealing, we have used it in some of our ads in local horse magazines, and on the cover of our 2007 Capital Campaign letter.
Tristano has a classic story for a LOPE horse. He was very well bred (download his pedigree) and everyone had high hopes for him. He showed early promise as a 3-year-old at the track, even winning a race – but then developed an ankle injury.
His race owner (who also bred and raised him) just wanted Tristano to go to a good home – and so he donated him to the LOPE Ranch. He could have easily kept racing him, but decided Tristano deserved to retire from a sport that was now too hard for him.
Tristano is now ready to be adopted, to be a pleasure or trail riding prospect. Green, but willing, he would be a fun project for someone who likes to work with young horses – and who appreciates a good looking horse with kind eyes and a spotted rump!