Horse of the Month/Kit
from The Ranger Foundation
Kit is a character. Surely you have a friend or relative whose personality is so commanding that just his or her entrance into a room causes everyone to take notice. That is Kit. He hits you with a ton of bricks, or should we say manure, when he makes an entrance. He is literally “in your face,” and it strikes observers that if he could talk, he would say that life is a ball.
Born Kit N Company in Granite Falls, MN on March 21, 1989, he came to The Ranger Foundation in the fall of 2002 from the Marine base at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. His 7-year career as a mount in the Officers’ riding program came to an end with a veterinarian’s diagnosis of navicular disease - a degenerative disease of the navicular bone of the foot. He would have been bought for slaughter or euthanized had he not come to live under the careful watch of volunteers at The Ranger Foundation.
Located at Greenbrier Farm in Keedysville, MD, The Ranger Foundation is a not-for-profit retirement home for horses that have served either as police, military or therapeutic riding animals. The organization is entirely staffed by volunteers.
Kit, a gelding, is known as a red roan Overo Paint Horse. We usually think of paint horses as those ridden by Native Americans and characterized by contrasting white and darker color patterns on the coat. Overos usually have no white extending across the back and their color pattern appears more scattered or splashy. Roan coloring indicates that white hairs are present in the darker color portions of the color pattern. In addition, Kit’s pedigree indicates that he is a great grandson of the famous Quarter Horse stallion, “Impressive.”
Because of his overwhelming personality (he overwhelms horses, too), he is best pastured with one equine buddy. The placid Admiral, a gray Quarter Horse gelding, seems to completely ignore Kit’s antics. Always the busy boy, Kit removes his halter, his fly mask and uses his mouth to attempt to open gates to greener pastures.
For visitors, he can perform an amusing trick. He sticks out his tongue if someone with a treat in hand tells him to “stick out your tongue,” bringing a laugh to whatever audience has gathered.
Look for Kit in the August 2004 issue of the Paint Horse Journal.
Learn more about The Ranger Foundation and sponsoring a horse like Kit on the new web site, www.rangerhorse.org. Contact Diana at 301-432-2110 if you would like to volunteer to work with Kit and the other horses of The Ranger Foundation.