Flip's actions suggest that he was an active band stallion that when captured, he probably lost his harem. He is continuously calling to mares and pacing the fence line. He is a hard keeper, a horse that for some reason wears himself down from worrying himself for want of a family. Now safely at Alder Hill Farm, before his training will continue he will be gelded and fed a special diet that will hopefully build up his condition and help him to adjust to being in captivity.
When a Mustang is selected by prospective owners there is a year long process that is suppose to be followed, including a final inspection to determine that the animal is safe, healthy, in good care and is not a danger to himself or others. Once the inspection is complete the title is given to the new owner. Once the Mustang is given a clear title, the new owner can sell or give away the horse at any point. Unfortunately upon preliminary research, Flip was found to be untitled. So many questions remain. Who Howned him and how did he end up at a horse sale auction? Yes, that is where he was found and purchased for $100 by an experienced horse woman in Oklahoma. According to Scott she phoned him to take Flip because she didn't have time to dedicate to his handling properly. She literally saved him from being purchased for slaughter.
"Update: Flip passed away in the Summer of 2012. His estimated age was between 17 and 20. In the remaining months of his life he was turned out with the herd where he formed a band of three mares. One of the mares had a young foal that he adopted as his own. Even after his ordeal Flip never forgot his wild heritage and took the young foal under his wing to teach him the ways of the horse."
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