4 year old paint mare
After receiving an email from a concerned member of the public, this beautiful paint mare was today surrendered to TREW and transported to one of our rehabilitation centres by John of Pretty Sally Trail Rides.
She has received no handling in her short life and so is extremely cautious around humans. She had escaped from her property and was wandering around with wire fencing wrapped around her leg. This young girl’s only experience of handling has been when she was caught by lasso and pulled to the ground to have the wire removed from her leg…..unfortunate, but a necessary evil.
Sadly, she is now extremely wary of all humans, though is slowly allowing us to get nearer to her. Her feet are in a shocking state, with seedy toe in one hoof which is up to her coronet band plus, she is a little light on. We were also informed us that she had been running with a stallion and would most likely be in foal.
Due to all these factors, it is clear that this girl will be with us for a considerable time, needing a lot of attention.
She is now paddocked next to our resident horses and has been very interested in everything we have been doing with them. Of course, our residents are loving the extra attention they are getting while we show this girl that not all humans are scary.
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Sallys Surprise Foal
She arrived at one of our rehabilitation centres and quickly made friends with the resident horses, in particular the young filly. We had been informed that she had already foaled once in her short life and would no doubt be in foal again, that was as much information as we could get.
Sally showed no signs of being heavily pregnant. She arrived very light on and our primary objective was to get weight onto her.
After giving her time to settle in, we also began some one on one time with her in the hope that we would be able to handle her before any foal arrived.
Unfortunately, that wasn’t to be and the very next day we woke to find a foal in the paddock!
A very happy, healthy colt arrived with near identical body markings to his mum. He, unlike his mum, is happy to walk up to humans for a scratch. The plus side to this of course, is that Sally is now becoming much happier around humans too. We have gone from not being able to get within 5 metres of her, to her eating her feed from our hands.
With young Jasper being not shy of people, he has brought Sally a little bit out of her shell. Since her foal enjoys being patted and fussed over, she is slowly becoming more open to attention as well.
Sally has been happy to walk in and out of the float which is great to see.
It’s remarkable how similar Sally and Jasper look, especially since they have the same patch on their sides.
Sally Update – July
Sally is doing really well. Though we haven’t done that much with her since she came back from the trainer as she’s had a virus. Sally has been kept in isolation in which she has been coping well with the solitude.
Sally is really easy to catch, she comes up to you. We can now just put the halter on without a rope around her neck and she tips her nose into the halter. It took a bit of effort to get off the halter that was on her when she arrived. The knot was really tight and a hoof pick was used to help loosen it. Sally just stood there patiently.
Sally is now used to being touched all over and likes having a brush. She doesn’t move and she looks much neater with all the knots out of her long tail.
We had break through, the other day with picking up her hooves. It’s taken a few goes and she’s really didn’t like picking up her back legs. It took a lot of hanging on. But we can now clean all hooves with the hoof pick. She will be introduced to the farrier position as well as the sound and feel of the tools on her hooves. Her back hooves are okay but her front need a bit of work. There’s no sign of discomfort with her slightly swollen back fetlock.
Sally doesn’t worry about objects, the plastic bag on the stick, balloons tied to the fence or the whip on her body and legs. It’s only loud sounds that make her jump but she settles down quickly.
Sally Update – September
Sally has new front feet and one trimmed back hoof. But she is really scared of strange men.
On the Friday our farrier managed to do her front feet but she wouldn’t let him handle her back legs. He came back again on the Sunday and we managed to get one of her back done with Rebecca holding it, but then she wouldn’t let us do the other back hoof which of course is the one with a big split up the middle.
Sally is totally relaxed when being handled by a female so we will have to get males to spend more time with her to help her understand that men can be kind too. She is definitely more comfortable and is happy to trot around now.
Sally Update – Adopted
Sally has found her forever home with TREW Secretary Rebecca. Since being coming into Rebecca’s care, Sally has progressed in leaps and bounds. It has taken a long time and a lot of work to get her hoves in good condition. Sally is super friendly and loves to have a hoon in the paddock.
Thank you Rebecca for adopting Sally. We all look forward to following her progress in the future.