In the middle of June 2010, I got an e-mail from a representative from The Exceller Fund, asking if I could foster one of their geldings. He had turned up in a “rescue” near Yakima, at a place called Avalon Mist Equine Rescue, and was deemed unrideable (thus unadoptable) by the owner of the rescue. They weren’t set up financially to handle permanent residents and would The Exceller Fund be willing to help out either by sponsoring him at their facility or offering him retirement elsewhere. The gelding is a grandson of Exceller.
Is this really Texas Chili or is yours?
English Riders ~ 17 hand Thoroughbred - $1000 (Davenport)
Date: 2012-06-17, 7:32AM PDT
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Registered name is Texas Chili. http://www.allbreedpedigree.com/texas+chili2
He is broke to death and would make an awesome dressage/jumper.
Really smooth canter and long trot. Would make an awesome project as he learns quick.
**He is not a trail horse**
I ride him in a snaffle bit, he responds well to leg pressure.
NO BUCK, BITE, OR KICK in this guy!
He could even be a good therapy/kids horse.
Good with other horses, he comes up to you in the pasture.
Comes with his halter. UTD on all his shots, worming, hoof care.
Stands for farrier, ties, loads, leads, loves being groomed.
I copied the comment and forwarded it to The Exceller Fund, leaving any action up to them. My contacts asked me to check Chili’s tattoo, take pictures of it and his forehead, and forward it to them, which I did. In the meantime, The Exceller Fund contacted the gal in
After doing a search of The Jockey Club records for the series of the tattoo that was readable, The Exceller Fund is confident that the REAL Texas Chili is truly at my place. However, since the letter of his tattoo is unreadable, it’s hard to tell 100%. The main thing that throws some question into the mix, is there is another gelding registered with the same numbers, but a different letter. There is a six year age difference between the two possibilities. So I included a photo of Chili’s teeth, in case they want to take it to a vet and have him/her estimate the age of the horse via his teeth. As of this writing, I have not received any feedback on this part.
In the meantime, a contact with The Exceller Fund contacted the woman in the Craigslist ad to ask some questions and get more information. This is where it gets interesting. PLEASE – bear in mind that this woman meant no misrepresentation and was only posting information as she knew it to be true and is not suspected of any wrong-doing.
The Exceller Fund is still trying to contact someone with Avalon Mist Equine Rescue to find out more information about how this situation could have come about. They are operating on the assumption that the confusion is the result of not being familiar with the Thoroughbred “world”, and an inadvertent understanding of wrong information. It is possible, since the time frame is pretty close, that the woman in