On occasion, my BO takes in rescues, rehabs them and either keeps them as lesson horses or passes them on to one of her clients. She just got a new appy mare in last week.
I have no idea how she came about the mare, but heres her story...I guess her owner's first horse killed itself by spooking at some construction that was going on. The family sued the construction company (or electric company, whoever was making the noise) and the company bought them a new horse.
Four years later, owner moves out to college and leaves the horse with her grandparents. Her grandparents have progressive Alziemer's and forget they have a horse. The neighbor sees the skinny horse and starts to feed it everyday, but she can't keep up with it during winter because she is elderly herself.
The owner allowed my BO to take the horse (even sent her the horse's papers) and she arrived sometime last week.
The horse who was killed used to be a show horse, so we are guessing that the construction company would have bought her a horse of equal value. We assumed she was trained.
Yesterday, my BO told me about this mare and asked me if I could start riding her. I asked her if she was strong enough to carry a rider for 10 minutes, and she said yes. I pulled her out. She was SO pushy and just about mowed me over. I got her saddled and lunged her in two circles in both direction and she seemed fine. So I got on. Head WAY above the bit, mouth gaping open, tongue flapping around...we walked for about 10 minutes, just getting used to everything. I hopped off, we were done.
Today, I pulled her out again. We just walked around for 10 minutes, working on the walk/stop transitions. By the end of the 10 minutes, she was relaxed and her head wasn't so high. She'd still gape her mouth wide open on occasion, but it by the end of the ride, she was traveling steady.
I plan on giving her tomorrow off, since she doesn't really have the muscle or weight, and 10 minutes can seem like a lot to a horse like her.
She was seen by the vet and checked out healthy enough, and she has an appointment with the dentist soon.
Anyways, this is her:
We haven't named her yet. BO said that she is going to ask everyone to put their name suggestion into a bowl and she'll name her the suggestion she picks out. I don't plan on participating, but I hope its a good one!