Island Freedom

Name:  Island Freedom

Barn Name: Freedom

Birth Year:  2010

Gender:  Gelding

Height:  16.2

Color:  Dappled Grey

Location:   Westlake Village, CA

Starts/Win/Place/Show:   3/2/0/0

Career Highlights:    Raced only in the southern California circuit and won his first two starts.  He had a lot of promise as a race horse but obviously something went wrong in his third race where he came in 11th and was subsequently retired.

Total Earnings:  $29,650.

Last Race: 11/15/2014

Sire: Unbridleds Song

Dam: Kauai Calls (Fusaichi Pegasus)

Other Pedigree Notables:  Unbridled, Fappiano, Caro (IRE), Mr. Prospector

Description:   Island Freedom, is a gorgeous 16.2 hands, 5-year-old (2010) gray or roan gelding. He is very well bred, by Unbridled Song, out of a Fusaichi Pegasus mare, named Kauai Calls. Island Freedom has Kentucky Derby winners on the top and bottom of his pedigree. He has a good, well-rounded, and strong build. “Freedom” is a people friendly horse, with low-energy and very nice to ride. Island Freedom had a short but sweet racing career. He ran three times and won two starts. Unfortunately, his left front tendon would not hold up to the stress of racing. There was evidence of filling in the tendon, so the owner decided to stop on him and put him into the CARMA Placement Program and give him the time he needed to become a nice riding horse. He has had 7 months of rehab and his tendon is tight and cold. Freedom has started doing light exercise and is very willing to please. He is ready to go on to a new career and a loving home.

December 2015 Update: The say that love at first sight is possible. And so it happened. We posted a picture of Island Freedom standing in the turn out. As luck would have it, Barby W. saw his picture.

We are pleased to announce that Island Freedom (Jasper) has been adopted by a wonderful home. Barby W. and her family have welcomed Jasper home.

Sometimes horses and people come along and it is clearly just meant to be. Barby writes, “I was an avid 4Her and Pony clubber, showed A circuit and evented at the Prelim level. I took my horse with me to college- a 16.2 grey, off track thoroughbred named Casper. He was my best friend and the love of my life. He got very sick shortly after arriving in Oregon and over that year, I spent countless hours and money on tests and vet bills to make him better. He continued to deteriorate and eventually ended up at Oregon State vet hospital where they discovered during exploratory surgery that he had terminal cancer and needed to be put down. It was one of the most tragic experiences of my life.”

Barby had spent much time looking for that special horse. She saw a picture of Jasper and just knew that he was meant to be with her. Sure enough, it was love at first sight. Although nothing will ever replace Barby’s Casper, a special gray OTTB named Jasper has helped fill that void.

Jasper is lucky to be moving into Barby and her family’s 10 acre ranch in Templeton. He will be in training to eventually show. Look out for Jasper in the Hunter and Equitation rings. He is one very special boy.

We would like to thank: Angie and Mike Scully at Eclipse Equine Sports Therapy Center for expertly rehabbing Jasper’s bowed tendon. They rehabbed him and legged him up to be able to successfully return to work; CARMA’s Placement Program for providing Jasper with the soft landing and transition off the track; Laura B. and Kristi M. for putting in the hard day to day work of bringing Jasper back to work and getting ready for his new career; Foxfield Riding School for being supportive of the Neigh Saver’s horses. Everyone plays an integral role and we are so appreciative.