Nellie is a gorgeous 14.1 hand palomino mare who joins us for re-evaluation from the MSSPA. Nellie’s exact age isn’t known but she is believed to be in her mid-teens. She has serious neglect and trauma in her past, including several months of her life tied to a pole with no shelter. Nellie was in very poor condition when she was seized by the state, but has bounced back due to the wonderful care she received from the folks at the MSSPA. Nellie is extremely friendly and enjoys attention and does wonderfully with clear boundaries established by both handler and rider. After several months of training, Nellie’s ground work improved tremendously and she has been ridden in the arenas at the walk and trot. She displays a nice steady trot and can carry herself in a relaxed frame.
Nellie would do well in a program which will provide consistent work in the arenas, and she is steady enough to be used for lessons on a lunge line. Likewise, she occasionally needs reminders on ground manners but responds very well to clear, consistent boundaries and handling. Because of her traumatic history she can struggle with separation anxiety during turn out, and will require a knowledgable home with good fencing to help her in this area. However, once settled in a program and routine she can be quite steady and very sweet. Nellie is with us until October, in hopes of finding her ideal home– after that, she will return to the MSSPA to continue her search.
UPDATE: Nellie has been adopted! She joins HWH alum and fellow MSSPA adoptee Apollo at a farm in central Maine. Together with new mom Janet, Nellie will enjoy trail rides, obstacle and versatility challenges, and the very important job of teaching Janet’s grandson how to ride. She will also help several students gain confidence on the trails, along with participating in a therapy program for veterans known as the Travis Mills Foundation. We are so thrilled for Nellie and wish her and her new barn family many happy years together. Congratulations!