When you look at Daphne today you would never guess that a little over a year ago she was sick, emaciated, feral, and pregnant. This little mare had a rough start in life, and when she arrived at the MSSPA she didn’t want anything to do with people. These days it is the complete opposite: she can’t get enough of being petted, groomed, and loved! The dedicated team at the MSSPA did an amazing job nursing Daphne back to health and helping her to trust in humans again. She loves to be pampered and doted on, soaks up the attention during bath time, and truly enjoys the body work she has received.
When we first saw Daphne moving freely in the round pen, we were in awe at what a lovely mover she was and how nice her gaits were. With the help of massage and chiropractic, she has been able to loosen and stretch through her body even more fully. Daphne is smart and athletic, and while a little wary when we first introduced her to our obstacles, she bravely progressed each day. Now she handles them with ease. In addition to the obstacles, we picked up where the MSSPA left off in Daphne’s training. We worked with her on groundwork, lungeing, carrying the surcingle and saddle, ground driving, long lining, and ponying. After passing each test with flying colors, we felt that Daphne was ready to carry a rider! Just this past week Daphne had her first few rides, and she handled them just like she has handled everything else, with ease and composure.
This little mare impresses us everyday with her willingness to work, and her attitude towards new ideas. Her curiosity and friendliness towards people is astounding considering her past. Daphne was extremely lucky to have landed in the caring hands of the MSSPA when she did, as she now has a new outlook on life and a very bright future ahead of her. Being so young, we know that Daphne’s future holds endless possibilities and that she will make someone a fantastic partner. We love working with Daphne, and can’t wait to see how she continues to progress!
Also feel free to check out the MSSPA’s article about about Daphne and her foal, Windy River. https://www.msspa.org/app/uploads/2019/11/2019-Year-end.pdf