But, about 2 months ago I got a message about a horse free to a good home, so I went and checked her out. Turned out she had been left abandoned (the number of horses now abandoned in Ireland is in the thousands due to the economic crisis - hundreds have been found dead from starvation in the past few months) and was rescued by a local centre.
Her feet were apparently in terrible condition, but were fixed up before I saw her. She was covered in lice, her teeth needed attention, and she basically just needed some love.
So I decided to take her and give her a home where she's actually be cared for.
She is very quiet and laid back, very tolerant of everything and is very willing and honest when ridden.
This is her the day after we took her home. Her head looks very big for her body because her neck is so thin and needs a lot more muscle! Her only problem appears to be a lump just under her hind fetlock which she was brushing, but I have since got boots that cover it right up :)
After 2 weeks:
And taken the other day: