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.
With lots of practice, Peaches now lifts all four feet for picking out and our farrier can trim her all around. She stands quietly for grooming and bathing, lunges, 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 done well with ropework and a surcingle, and just recently wore a saddle for the first time. 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 this fall.