2010 Quarter horse/Arab cross mare
Peaches is an adorable 8 year old, 14 hh Palomino pony. She arrived at the end of May 2018 in collaboration with the New Hampshire Society for the Protection of Animals. Peaches came to the NHSPCA as part of a state seizure, having lived her whole life to that point with her mother and brother. At the time she had no previous training and little handling.
While she can still get a bit stressed and distracted when presented with new sights or experiences, Peaches has made huge progress this past year. After a long time spent on the basics of leading and groundwork, we progressed to ponying her on the trails, wearing English tack, lunging, long-lining, and finally riding. Peaches is now green broke and can walk/trot/canter under saddle. She has smooth, steady gaits and responds well to voice cues and subtle aids. She has been on several trail rides and does well with a steady friend for support. She still needs a warm up before a rider hops on as she can get tight in her back, but with consistency she continues to improve. Peaches straight ties, cross ties, bathes, and has always been very smart and brave about all of our obstacles. She does still need occasional holding for the farrier. Peaches does best in turn out with geldings, or more than one mare, as she can get quite attached to her companions.
This is a slightly quirky but sweet little mare who will only continue to improve with consistent handling. She is ready to finish her training with the right person, and would also make a devoted companion pony.