When my mom got her mare she had been a broodmare and when she got hurt in a trailering accident her owner just left her for years in a paddock with no contact. She was fed and had her feet done occasionally but no affection or care. She was sooo depressed when we got her! And just far away. Like there wasn't much left anymore. Because she was hurt when he left her and never got any care(she never trailered well, was backing off a trailer and slipped, one hind leg got caught under) she could barely walk. My mom spent HOURS everyday just being with her, brushing her, hand grazing her and never asking anything of her at all. Eventually she got her walking and she recovered almost entirely and her spirit came back full force! Now she runs, bucks, plays and loves my mom more than anything, shed jump the moon if my mom asked. I think things like join up and just plain old ground school could work wonders but even without Pebbles came back. You just have to keep the hope!
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