So, I have this nice little (okay so big and fat) mare. She is a nice trail horse and a family friend is interested in a nice, safe horse. She asked and we mentioned this mare. Her husband would be the primary rider. He would like to ideal world use this mare to check fencing around his cows and the horse would have to live near his pigs. They currently have two shires who for various reasons they don't wish to use for this trail/fence check job. The issue is that the mare has never been around cows or pigs and I am woofully lacking in cow and pigs. Is there anything I can do to expose this mare. I would like to be able to tell them Yes she is okay or heck no she exploded at even the scent of it. I was going to put a few more rides on her (she has had a two year break) and expose her to the sounds of the animals and sort of go from there. The cows I worry less about the pigs they trouble me.
The mare is a 10ish year old standardbred. Retired for lack of speed. Great trail horse, only accident she had was when her rider (my non-horsey sister) rode her in between two trees tightly placed trees and my sister bumped her knees. If anyone is wondering why they don't just buy a quarter horse or other similar "cow horse". Its largely because in the Northeast where we are a lot of the quarter horses are either lame (Navicular) or incredibly hot. I have worked with wonderful quarter horses out west but in my local area they are not they steady eddy mounts that I see out west. They just want a nice safe mare whose primary job is to be a trail horse. Which is this mare in a nut shell, but they ride near cows and will be housed near pigs.