Lilly's story is a special one. After we rescued her, we found out quite a bit about her. The first being that she was a Dariyoun granddaughter, but there was more besides just good bloodlines...
Shortly after she arrived at the rescue, we found out that when she was a yearling she was left in a field with other babies and she didn't get any food, which is why she was so stunted.
She was rescued when she was two years old, but her rescuer was unable to keep her. They thought they had found her a good home, but that home sent her to the auction where we purchased her.
We knew we had a very special girl here, but despite that, Lilly waited and waited at the rescue for her forever home. She was then adopted for approximately six months along with another mare, Madison, but when they didn't have the time to work with her, she came back to the rescue.
It was finally on April 30, 2012 that Lilly was adopted to her forever home:
Then all of a sudden after about six months Lilly had been returned to the rescue as her adopters were too busy with their other horses to start her.
My good friend Laura kept jokingly teasing me that I should adopt her. I kept saying we had enough horses, but then one mini was sold, another went away for training and I had made my difficult decision to have my best friend of the last 19 years euthanized. As she had suffered from side bone for the last few years as well as many stressful and unpredictable colics. So now we were down to two horses and one mini!!! I was good with that! When I had had my old girl euthanized I had moved my young mare up to our barn. So that left mom's barn completely empty for the first time in 22 years. It was such a weird and sad feeling, I couldn't even handle going in there to get odds and ends of different tack etc.
So winter dragged on and Kalleigh, Buddy and Lucky Charm were getting along famously. And then I thought I would move Kalleigh back home for the summer with 29" Lucky Charm. But being the worrier that mom is; she didn't want my mother in law's favourite mini to come to her house and get harassed by the coyotes and bears. So mum very proudly stated; "I am getting my own horse!" We proceeded to argue about this for weeks until I finally gave in. I agreed she could get her own horse but I would pick it.
Now having a giant TB mare already and not wanting to have a huge feed bill as well as something older and having issues. Which we had dealt with for the last number of years; I browsed around all the usual sites on the net and kept coming back to Lilly.
She had been at the Rescue for so long with little to no interest in her that I felt bad for her. She was five years old this year and hadn't even been really started. The size was right, being a mare was a huge bonus and I had been watching her for almost a year and a half. So I put in an application and we picked her up a week later.
She needed a little weight, seemed sound and wasn't too pushy. She loaded into the trailer with out a problem. She even behaved on the ferry and on the walk from the trailer down the road to mom and dad's barn. Not too shabby for a TB that had not experienced anything in life, other than being discarded at the auction. In fact she is far better behaved than both Kalleigh and Buddy! So that was that. Lilly was home and on her own.
She would whinny whenever she saw one of us. So hopefully when Kalleigh goes home they won't get too herd bound, as I think Lilly believes that she is the only horse left in the world! And well, Kalleigh being a red head that is just a given!!!
As for Lilly's history prior to J&M; I was told that as a two year old she was rescued by a teenage girl, emaciated and starving. Unfortunately her first saviour had to give her up due to school commitments. The woman that she was given to, kept her for a while but then ended up sending her to auction where her chances of going to the meat man were quite high had it not been for Julie at J&M.
So now her life really begins!
The first time I lunged her I thought "Oh god what have I done??!!" As she proceeded to walk on her hind legs toward me; half a dozen times! But we fixed that quickly! I began lunging her under saddle with side reins (once she had her teeth done) and had her first trot under saddle as well. I haven't quite decided if she will be hot or lazy. She hasn't been worked very regularly yet so its kind of tough to say. Although she is extremely athletic!!! She can bronc buck like the best broncs at the stampede! But once all the excess energy is out she is pretty good. Thank goodness I squish her a bit so she can't be that crazy under saddle! Last Summer I took her up the road and through the bush. She was great! A little confused by lines on the road and mail boxes but the second time by she didn't even bat an eyelash! So hopefully one day she will be a little sports car and be a dressage or hunter pony. She has great movement but she is really tiny. She wears a yearling size halter on the tightest hole! Even my vet was shocked at how fine boned she is. She really does look like a yearling! But hopefully she will fill out some more. She is still growing and is currently Butt high so there is hope
Mom loves her new horse. She calls her princess! And puts her in the barn if she ever has to leave the property so she won't be bothered by the wild life. She enjoys having something to fuss over again And I get to reap all the benefits of training and riding her Just what I needed; another young horse... Lol.
Well its been just over a year of having Lilly home. And after a long dark winter we are back to work. Between my crazy work schedule and the weather, I really didn’t get much done with her last winter. I had been working six shifts on two off and was getting pretty burnt out. Now that I am working 12 hour shifts I have four days to work with her as well as my swing day. So she is getting worked a lot.
We have started back at the beginning as she was still so green when winter came. I watched the documentary Buck and that gave me a few tools to use. It’s a little different than riding an OTTB as they have been taught to go forward and steer. Lilly has been learning a little more respect on the ground. She is still a little touchy with her hind legs and being a sensitive TB is not too fond of being hosed down. We have lunging pretty much down pat, although she does have a few blow ups if it’s the first few days back to work. She is the epitome of a TB. I swear she should have been the chestnut J The saying ‘Tell a Gelding, Ask a Stallion and Discuss it with a Mare’ rings very true for this little girl. We have a lot of discussions, and a lot of déjà vu.
I have also been doing some ground driving with her so that I have a little more control under saddle. Last week I got her a bitless bridle. We shall see how that works. She is a little fussy with her head at times, and when I get nervous and forget how to ride I tend to hold; so it may not be my best choice.lol Today I sat on her and just let her chill after a long lunge session. She was really good! Next weekend I will get my hubby to lead and lunge her with me aboard. Just taking it slow as I ride alone all the time J I was going to send her for some training but now that my other two are on rehab programs, I will have a lot of time to work with her. Poor thing won’t know what happened to her life of leisure! LOL"