Taylor did great during her test-drive today! I didn't ride her for long as she is still on the skinny side, but we did a bit of walk, trot and canter bareback and she was very comfortable! She was a little heavy in her mouth, but very responsive to the leg. She was balanced and willing. She needs a bit more of a refresher, but I think she would be an awesome little mare for a confident beginner and would do fine with an adult or an older child. She is very sweet!
Visited the foster home today and took Peter out for a little bareback ride. You can definitely tell he is a 5 year old Thoroughbred! He is quite forward, but fairly well-behaved with no buck/bolt/etc. He has a nice big stride and was balanced.
He would certainly make an excellent show horse and I think he would excel at jumping or cross-country. He has a great build and lots of energy.
Trixie is a 13 year old registered Thoroughbred mare foaled April 6, 2000 (no papers). She stands approx 16.3hh and was surrendered as her owner can no longer afford to care for her.
She had 42 starts in her racing career and last raced in 2006 earning $41,782 in her career and retiring sound. Trixie currently goes barefoot and is trained English and Western. She is quiet and willing to please in the ring, but has a little more "go" out on the trails. However, she hasn't been ridden in roughly 3 years, so she will need a refresher.
Willow is being returned to the rescue this weekend in order to find a new home. She was originally adopted October 27, 2012 and was at her adoptive home for just over a year, but unfortunately things did not work out there.
Willow is a now 10 year old Thoroughbred mare who stands approx 16.2hh. She does have a tattoo, but it is very poorly done and we were unable to determine her identity with 100% certainty.
She originally came from the stockyard and was said to have been a broodmare previously, but when she was assessed at the rescue last year she was was lovely with a rider; light on the bit, but not very responsive to the leg. With a bit of work and muscling up, we feel she will make a wonderful riding partner and potential show prospect as well.
Genie's current owner has hired a trainer who has started working with her. According to her owner, Genie is doing great! They have practiced leaning over her back and walking a few steps and she did really well. She loves slow and quiet work but still need someone who is experienced in being both firm and patient with her. She is learning soooo much, is smart and is coming along really quickly.
Genie is a 15.1hh, 11 year old Thoroughbred-type mare who was rescued by her current owner a couple years ago as part of a 100-horse herd from Alberta. She is friendly, easy to handle and gets along well with other horses. She is a very athletic and intelligent girl who would love a job with an experienced human.
We are still looking for homes for our four Arabian rescues; Magic, Freedom, Nigel and Apollo. They have been at the rescue for over two months now and have had almost no interest. In that time, we have worked with them on the ground to get a feeling for their personalities and attitudes. They are all very sweet boys, but we have determined that they still need a lot of work.
With that, we have reduced their adoption fees and are offering them as FREE to approved homes. We would like for potential adopters to use the waived fee on a trainer to make sure these boys get the proper start in their new homes if they are to be used for riding.
They are all beautiful and well-mannered boys, but they are still quite nervous around people, especially when anything is asked of them (aka farrier or being haltered and handled).
Our foster mom got a chance to play with our new girl, Taylor this weekend. She stood calmly for grooming, picked up her feet nicely and was calm while saddling - and she is super cute to boot!
We believe she is broke, but haven't gotten on her yet. She has been here for roughly two weeks now and has already started to put a lot of weight back on, but still has a little bit more to go before we feel comfortable assessing her under-saddle.