After some rehab, she is almost entirely filled in and much perkier and ready to be started under-saddle.
Abby went into foster care with Tara at Hayburner Haven in Langley who generously offered to start her under-saddle for us. She picked her up on April 30th and has had a few sessions with her so far.
She did awesome. Once she figured out we had cookies, she is putty in your hands! She was great to tie and groom. We lunged her and did a bit of ground work and then she was so good when we saddled her we decided just to see if we could hop on. She doesn't know much, I just walked around a little on her, but will see how she does with a bridle and in the ring tomorrow.
We took her in the big ring today and she was great. A bit spooky at first but was willing to go up to everything that was spooking her to see what it was. We did some walk/turn/stop/backup, and even tried a little bit of trot and she was great. We are still working on the steering, etc, but I think she will come around great. We did not put a bit on her as she was so soft in the halter we thought we would start her first with that.
She did great today too! Just walk, other then a tiny bit of trot, but much more willing and forward. Even went for a stroll around the farm and she was awesome.
She is super easy to catch; you can't get rid of her, LOL. She stands nice in the crossties, loves going out for walks, is lunging pretty well and is always eager to check anything new out. If there is barrels or cones in the ring, she loves playing with them and knock them over and paw at them. She has tons of personality. If she wasn't so slight and I wasn't so tall I would seriously consider adopting her myself! I just love her. I hopped on her bareback just to pudder around and she walks, turns, stops, backs up, goes down the driveway, etc. She loves any kind of job. She will make someone an amazing partner for whatever they do with her! She doesn't panic about much. She has learned to trust enough that if you are not scared of it, she will walk up to it and check it out. Even with trucks, tractors, dogs, trailer, etc going all the time she barley bats an eye.
Check out this video compilation courtesy of Tara:
Her adoption fee is $500 to an experienced home who can continue her training and work to build her trust. As an added bonus, Hooves N Hounds Transport has offered free hauling for this girl to her new home.