2010 Quarter horse/Arab cross mare
Stardust (or "Peaches," as we've taken to calling her) recently arrived at the farm in collaboration with the New Hampshire Society for the Protection of Animals. Peaches arrived at the NHSPCA last summer as part of a state seizure, and was thought to have little if any 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. She has not been started under saddle.
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.
With lots of practice, Peaches now lifts all four feet for picking out and we were able to have the farrier trim her all around. She stands quietly for grooming and bathing, and is gaining confidence in walks around the farm. Peaches lunges fairly well and has been super with all of our obstacles. This is a very sweet little mare who will continue to improve with consistent handling and exposure, and we look forward to furthering her skills over the summer.