2010 Quarter horse/Arab cross mare
Peaches arrived at the end of May 2018 in collaboration with the New Hampshire Society for the Protection of Animals. She came to the NHSPCA last summer as part of a state seizure, and was thought to have had little to no previous training. This 8 year old, 14 h pony is super cute, and had been doing well with basic groundwork before coming to our farm.
Peaches can get a bit stressed and distracted when presented with new sights or experiences, and so we have been doing a lot of work in hand and in the roundpen. The goal is to help Peaches learn that she can rely on people to keep her safe, and to show her how to work through stressful situations instead of simply leaving the scene. By teaching her how to move her body around and by directing where her feet go, we can help Peaches stay more relaxed and focused on her handler.
After a lot of practice, Peaches now stands well for the farrier, and straight ties quietly. She is good to groom, bathe, lunge, and has done a lot of ponying out on the trails to gain strength and confidence. She takes all of our obstacles right in stride and has shown a flair for jumping. Peaches has been ground driven, long lined, and has been saddled and bridled in English tack. We have recently begun sitting on her in the arena, and are introducing walk and trot under saddle. This is a very sweet little mare who will continue to improve with consistent handling and exposure.