Mysti - TWH mare :)
I haven't been on this forum in years! I hope somebody might remember me! I posted lots of pictures of my reddun quarter horse mare, Lena. She has arthritis, and I retired her over a year ago. I still have her, but she is just living out her years as a pasture puff :)
I bought a new mare at a livestock auction a year ago. I wasn't planning on buying a horse there... but I brought along a halter and hay just in case ;)
When I first saw her, I thought she was beautiful. She was very nervous about her surroundings. I went into the pen to see her, and her muscles were visibly trembling. She had the kindest eye I had ever seen... and I just knew I had to help her. I think I saw myself in her.
She was led through the auction ring... freaking out about all the noises. I felt so bad! We ended up buying her for $400 :) Best $400 I will ever spend!
After bringing her home, I couldn't catch her easily. When you went to touch her, she would flinch and/or fly her head straight up and stop breathing. She also hated brushing. I think she was either hit in the face, or man handled alot. She is a very sensitive horse, and reacts to the slightest body movements. After working with her for a couple months, she would come to me in the field, and was much better about being brushed and handled, to the point where she started to enjoy it. She was still nervous if there were other people around though. I took her for walks everyday, and got her meeting lots of people. Over the summer, we worked on lots of groundwork and trust. Just hanging out in the field with her, going for walks, grooming, and lots of loving. Then we progressed to putting blankets on, saddle pad, then saddling. Each new thing caused her to be quite nervous, but after a couple of weeks, she was totally chill with them. Then we worked on free lunging, and eventually onto mounting and riding.
The first few weeks of rides, she was super super tense and nervous. She would take a step then spook and stop. I was a bit nervous about riding her the few few times as well, as I didn't know what she would do. But I trusted that the groundwork and trust we had built up over the months would pull us through. After the breakthrough of starting to ride her... it got much better. After a couple of months of riding in a small field, we took it to the trails. We went on trail rides 5-6 days a week.. walk/trot/lope on the trails. I rode her bareback in just a rope halter.. super sensitive girl. She was scared of the beach at first, but I took her down there alot, and we got to the point where we could lope down the beach :D
She is rarely ever spooky anymore, and loves attention from most people. She still hates the farrier.. but don't know if she will ever get over that.
She is currently having hind end lameness issues that we are trying to solve.. so I haven't ridden her in a few months. Hopefully it gets worked out soon though!
Sorry for the huge post! Peanut butter cookies to anyone who read all of it ;)
Also, she is a 13 year old TWH mare :)
Andd without further ado.. PICTURES!!
First day home:
After a couple months:
With the saddle:
At a halter show last year. She was beyond amazing! So relaxed and calm with all the craziness going on. Couldn't have been more proud! :) As I was walking her down the barn aisles, someone said that she looked like a little angel <3
More in next post! xD
Photoshoot last summer:
Working with cows:
Andd from this summer!
Putting up with my craziness hahaha:
I love this horse to no end! She will always have a home with me :)
Thanks for taking the time to look! :D
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Without question, she is my favorite color:D
Since horses can end up a zillion miles from where they were foaled, were you lucky enough to get her papers? A lady way up in Canada recently bought a mare and posted her papers on another forum. Turns out the mare was bred not more than 25 miles from me and I am personally acquainted with the dam's owner and also the stallion's owner. I live in southern Middle Tennessee, a long long way from Canada or BC:)
I am really curious about Mysti as I have an 18 yr old TWH that is built very much like her, solid red chestnut, and there are some other similarities. If she happens to be slightly sickle-hocked, I am onto something -lollol
She looks to be an exceptionally in-your-pocket horse with a very kind disposition. It's no wonder she was trembling at the auction.
I'm guessing she may have had to be sold by someone who cared for her, ended up in the hands of someone who could care less about her who then hauled her off to the auction when she didn't meet the new owner's expectations.
It wouldn't surprise me a 13 yr old horse would have a meltdown under those circumstances.
My horses have been with me 22, 20, 16, and 7 years. Even though two of them went thru auctions when they were 2 year olds, they would all have melt downs if that happened now.
Again, if you got lucky and got her papers or were able to learn anything about her past, I am curious as the little Tanker might very well be related to my 18 yr old TWH. I know the lady who bred him was strictly a pleasure breeder, so the standard, modern day show blood lines are non-existent in my TWH. He is the biggest suck up in the barn and the vet's favorite:-P
You've done a great terrific job giving her a safe home and bringing her mind back:-)
Kudos to you, for doing one fabulous job. Many would have overlooked a trembling horse. I can see why you fell in love with her. What a beautiful face and expression. Your story and pictures, bring tears to my eyes. I wish you many, many more years together.
I really love the photos and your story proves that patience and kindness pays off. Bless you, and enjoy your new mare!!!
This is such a wonderful thread :)
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