Valentine belonged to the same family that Ozzy came from and the woman who stopped them from sending Ozzy to slaughter, took ownership of her but because she was moving, Valentine was surrendered over to us on Valentine's Day - hence the name.
Valentine is a 5 y/o Thoroughbred mare who was thin and covered in rain rot on arrival. The first night I met her, the day she arrived, she was scared, but sweet and darling and followed me around the pen. A few days later, she had already started to brighten up and was much more comfortable, although she still certainly loved the attention. She even started to form a bond with her old stablemate Ozzy.
For the few weeks that she was here, we did some work with her. We did get a few extra pounds on her and brushed out some of her rain rot. Even took her for a ride on the trails - she was sensational!
By the time she was adopted out on trial, only a couple weeks after she arrived at the rescue, she was feeling much better. After the trial adoption, she was officially homed on March 3rd via her trial family. She is now happy at her new home and her family absolutely loves her!
Letter From Her New Mom:
Valentine is just doing great! She is such a sweetheart. I don't she has a mean bone in her body. She's been slowly putting her weight back on while she grows her hair as well! She's about 50-75 pounds away from looking 100% up to weight! Her hair is coming in a nice deep red chestnut, she's looking gorgeous! She has so much character! For a thoroughbred she is quite food motivated, and when I say food motivated I mean food is the only thing on her mind at any given time..
She’s doing great under saddle! We’ve been working on getting her to not be afraid of the bit so we’ve got her in a rubber happy mouth snaffle (Apple flavoured of course ^^) and she is slowly lowering her head and looking and accepting the contact. We’ve done walk trot and canter and she is always pleased with herself when we are done riding! She’s been amazing on the roads and trails.. She sure enjoys getting out and knowing about everything that is happening. She sure is a Thoroughbred though, she LOVES running and very fast as well! All she wants to do is please me and she’s just so sweet. She’s attached herself to me already and gets worried if I leave her and looks around for me.
Whether we are outside eating the spring grass, riding or just grooming for hours and pampering her she never ceases to be a doll. I love her so much already and I can’t wait to see what summer holds for her and me! It’ll be interesting that’s for sure! :)
Below are some pictures of Valentine at her new home including: day of arrival, her first ride in the ring, a trip down the road and travelling on the trails! She has been nothing but a wonderful mare for her new family and I think she knows that she is finally home.