The whole reason that he was gelded and sent for training is that he jumped out of his stallion paddock and bred a mare. His owners, who were also his original breeders, always intended to geld him and ride him but were very intimidated by his size. I am forever grateful that he jumped out of his pen like a wild man because that started a chain of events that lead him to me. The lady, T, who put 30 days on him was the niece of the original owners and is still a good friend of mine (and I have left Apollo to her in my will).
His one time tryst in the pasture actually produced a colt, named Strydor.
Strydor ended up having a somewhat similar story to Apollo. Gelded and sent for training with T at 8 years old. Strydor came up for sale about a month after I bought Mystic and Henry. He didn't really grab me the way Apollo did when I first saw his pictures. But I was pretty distracted by my adorable new youngsters at that point.
Big daddy Apollo
It's lucky that I didn't buy Strydor because he turned out to be quite a bucker. After a few months for sale and injuring T he was sent back to be a pasture pet. Which is where he is currently. I think if I had property I might offer to take him, but at this point that's not going to happen.
Apollo has something weird wrong with his hind end. He gets kinked up when a farrier works on his hind legs. I have had this investigated by at least 5 vets, osteopaths, chiropractors, and massage therapists. He's totally sound to ride but this has always bothered me. No one has ever been able to find anything. Sometimes I wonder if he passed on a more severe version of this issue to Strydor (my guess has always been that it's in his hip joints) and that caused him to buck.
I want to kiss that cute pink nose!
Strydor is pretty stinkin' cute! It's so weird that my horse has a son. Every once in a while T sends me an update on him and maybe one day he can be my pasture pet :)