Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Middle Tennessee
• Horses: 0
She may not have been bred with showing in mind and that's why there isn't anything in the IPEDS.
My 16 yr old is like that. For just being 16, he's only six generations from Old Glory and I think five from Nell Dement. He can also be traced indirectly to the Chance line. His sire and dam were both in their 20's when he was foaled, so he's close to the old Foundation Horses.
She could also have been at a training barn in her very early youth, where they start training them to wear the big packages on their fronts and she didn't "make", then went to auction.
I have two like that; fortunately I found them both before they were 3 year olds and had been fairly well cared for, albeit shipped around a lot. I had to board them in the beginning, for a few years and it took awhile for them to get their personalities back.
She could have also been bought early on as a brood mare.
Be patient if you don't feel like you're seeing all of her personality. If she's been shoved out in a back field for years and/or sold before the ink was dry on the last transfer, it may take awhile:)
The fella in my avatar is one of the horses that didn't "make"; he's been with me 21+ years. Until Duke became sick with metabolic issues, his 14.3H self was huge motored and rarely wore down. Tough as nails and still is my strong alpha-dominant leader.
He has never offered to bite, kick, rear, or buck a day in his life --never. He's never refused to do anything, including going nose-to-nose with an irate male llama when a 300-horse ride invaded it's pasture.
He's always been the best gentleman around humans. Vets and farriers love him.
The 16 yr old I also mentioned is the same way but his motor's not as big as Duke's. Unfortunately he also now has metabolic issues; Walking Horses are on the predisposed list, so watch her carefully. Especially since you found starving as it could trigger metabolic issues if she's in the right gene pool.
My 17 yr old is Generator-bred and a bit of a pip in the personality department. He's 16.1H and has plenty of stamina and courage on really dangerous trails. He saved Mr. WTW's life out on the trail but that's another story.
Point-being they can have a huge motor, full of go, full of themselves, but still be respectful and gentle as a lamb toward humans.
I can't wait to see new pics and hear of her progress. Thank you thank you thank you for giving her a home:)