A few weeks ago, I was perusing through my Facebook news feed when I stumbled upon a video from the 2013 KWPN Keuring of a very handsome stallion that I’ve admired for as long as I can remember: Consul. I remember drooling over his big white blaze and four white socks in the Iron Spring Farm magazine ads as a young rider, and thenÑas soon as my parents granted me internet accessÑfrequenting the farm’s website to look for new Consul photos and videos.
The videoÑwhich you can see at the bottom of this postÑbrought me back to my childhood, watching with a smile as the handsome stallion played around the triangle. And then it hit me: this horse is 29 years old.
As you know by now, I’ve seen and cared for a lot of senior horses in my day. But it’s been a very long time since I’ve seen a nearly 30-year-old horse look and act so incredibly young. I decided I wanted to find out how the team at Iron Spring Farm (ISF) keeps Consul looking and feeling so great. I sent some questions to Christine DeHerrera, who works with ISF, and she collected the answers:
Consul is one of Iron Spring Farm’s most recognized stallions and at 29 years old continues to be a relevant sire. His son Zanzibar (x Juventafee/Farmer) was third in the 2013 USEF Developing Grand Prix Dressage Horse Championships. Consul is also the sire of Judgement ISF, winner of nearly $1.5 million in prize money in show jumping, four-star eventer Critical Decision, as well as numerous other athletes in all disciplines. Consul bred his first mares in North America in 1989 so his oldest foals in this country are 23 years old. Judgement ISF is from his second North A