Soo, heres my new project!
She's a 20yr old argentine polo pony, apparently she's 14.3hh but I think she's bigger. She has been seriously abused and is covered in scars. She has one scar round her right ear, where they tied wire round her ear & pulled her down to the ground & left her there for two days. Don't ask me why, I have no idea.
She has only ever been used for polo until now, so she neck reins & does not like two hands on the reins. She's also extremely nervous. I attempted to ride her today just to see what I was dealing with..needless to say it didnt go too well. She was shaking like a leaf before I even got on her, then kept backing up and spinning round when I did. After about a minute she stopped & I asked her to walk on, I only rode her for about 10 minutes just walking around the block. She was very tense and shaking at first, but settled down after a few minutes.
On the ground, she is the sweetest mare every. Pretty much a dope on the rope & will follow you around everywhere. She has amazing ground manners & you couldnt ask for a better horse on the ground. One thing I will say though, is she doesnt have much "life" in her.. she has no personality what so ever.. she just stares blankly into the distance. She wont eat if theres anyone around her. And wont turn to look at you when you approach her. The only time she will look at me is when I have my back turned and walking away.
Basically I just want to get her to a point where she's comfortable being ridden, get some schooling done & hacking out. She does have a little bit of arthritis, but nothing that would stop her working. She's on buteless & a joint supplement to help with it. Also, she doesnt know how to lunge.. I tried today and failed miserable, she just has no idea what im asking of her lol any help is greatly appreciated
Heres some pictures of her from the last couple of days.
Also what do you think of her comformation?