Ok, so since I have sold Nico, I have started riding my barn owners Percheron mare, Rosie. Rosie is extremely overweight and needs the work for her health. She is remarkably well behaved, rides pretty well and other than general stubborn attitude, she's really quite great. So...here we go again...new horse...new things for me to have questions about on this forum!
Our first issue is a general horse issue. She is a wimp. A total wimp. She is not spooky, she is scared of everything. Not jump to the side scared, run away scared. Its not so bad when we are riding (she so focused on NOT working...she can't run too!) but on the ground, she is truely afraid. She is terrified of the vet. Show her a needle and she will climb the walls of her stall to get away from you. Fly spray? No way. Don't even try. If you are fly spraying a horse two stalls down from her, she will run out of her stall. What can I do to help her? I have tried to console her...it just doesn't work. She trusts me as much as she trusts anyone...sometimes I think she may trust me more than others. Any ideas? Last year when I was working with her and she got scared and tried to run. She tramped on my toe so badly that the nail fell off.
Second problem...kind of. She knows EXACTLY how big she is. If she doesnt want you in her space...she will throw her hip at you. When she doesn't want to walk with you, she will drag you. No problem. How do you physically move a horse out of your space when she is the size of three normal sized horses put together.
Third and hopefully final. Where do you guys get your draft tack? Holy crap that stuff is expensive! Right now, she is riding on a crappy abetta endurance saddle that is just not fitting her right. Im sure it would fit an average draft but Rosie is just too big. Any suggestions on a brand or where to find a good used one? How about breast collars? Do they even make them in draft size? Her chest is enormous. With her lack of withers (im sure they are there...just buried in fat!) She NEEDS a breastcollar to keep the saddle in place. And bits...sheesh! How do you guys afford it when your horse needs a bit! Everywhere I have looked, a draft bit is twice as much! She actually needs like a 5 3/4 bit...anyone know where I can get something functional in that specific of a size? Any ideas on where I should start bitting wise? Her owner had her in a slow twist which she ran right through and a reining bit that does the job but is too small for her mouth.
Oh and just a question. Should she feel like a normal horse trotting? She feels mostly 'wonky' when she trots. Its kind of odd. Nothing much to post to there. She is like riding a semi truck.
One more...sorry to bug you guys! Sheesh this post is turning into a book! Should she have any fat deposits on her body? Her owner is convinced that she is 'just a draft horse...not THAT fat' while the vet feels if she isnt worked, she wont live much longer. She hasnt come into heat in over a year. Vet thinks its because she is too over weight. Right now, she has atleast 2 inch thick slabs of fat over her ribs and from her wither to her shoulder is atleast 4 inches thick with fat.
Enough complaining about the poor girl. She's a love and wants to please. Took her on trail tonight and she did awesome for a horse as out of shape as she is. Poor girl was weezing 5 minutes in. We had to stop for her a few times but she kept on truckin. Heres a pic so you can grasp the size of her.