The Appalachian Trainer Face Off Introductions: Mike and Paladin meet again

The Appalachian Trainer Face Off Introductions


Paladin needed someone. Not just anyone, mind you.

For many years, he stood in filth inside a lonely barn without real human or horse interaction. They fed him some, sure. But they allowed his muscles to waste, his mind to go stir crazy and his skin to all but slough off from the feces no one ever came into to clean away. No one cared enough to halter train him, geld him or touch him. They were scared. Terrified, actually.

He stood there year after year, and when the manure would get so deep, he had difficulty walking, they would open another stall and chase him over to it, never touching him. This only happened a few times, and there were times manure and urine was waist deep, even in winter, in arctic temperatures.

Can Mike Hurst bring out all the talents we know this long time neglected Morgan cross gelding has to offer?

Here is to betting he Can!

Paladin: An undefeated warrior.

You can read his full intake story here:

Paladin’s Intake Blog

His awesome trainer, Mike Hurst of Mike Hurst Horsemanship had this to share this evening:

“Hi Friends, This is my pick “Paladin” for The Appalachian Trainers Face Off. I picked him for his size and athletic build. This challenge is for a good cause and I’m proud to be part of it. #HOPTeamPaladin”

Remember, while ALL of these horses and trainers will prove to be phenomenal, this is a competition, and the ONLINE FAN Favorite will take home the “SOCIAL MEDIA FAN PICK” Award, and the more interest generated in each horse, the HIGHER chance of adoption of EACH and EVERY Horse.

These horses will be adoptable via online and in person, auctioned to APPROVED homes on HOP contacts on August 26th. This is an amazing chance to give a home to a horse who has been through so much, a forever home and all the while being blessed with an equine coming to you with an exceptional foundation that has a value many times over the adoption fee! I cannot imagine a better place to be browsing for your next equine partner, guys!

Over the next 8 days, I will share a Trainer / Horse pair taking part in the Appalachian Trainer Face Off, an inaugural, yearly event.


Tomorrow, meet another Competitive Team!

And mark your calendars, as this Face Off is one you will NOT want to miss, so plan to drive in, fly in or float in to see this on August 25th and August 26th!

Heart of Phoenix Open Fun Show and Appalachian Trainer Face Off

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