Pilgrim comes to us for continued training from the Santana Center in Rhode Island. Originally rescued from the kill pen on Thanksgiving Day of 2017, Pilgrim spent six months regaining health and beginning groundwork at the Santana Center before being fostered out and subsequently adopted in 2018.
Despite every effort on the part of his adopted family, including clinics and a month of training with a professional in MA, it was ultimately decided that Pilgrim would need to return to his home rescue. While he made significant progress during the past year, including becoming much happier and more comfortable in his interactions with people, Pilgrim was simply not able to be the relaxed trail horse his family needed. This boy is sweet and handsome but has some fear issues from whatever occurred in his past. Thanks to the good work done by his adopters, Pilgrim now has lovely ground manners, is quiet for vet and farrier, and connects well with his handlers. He has done various versatility clinics, and was ridden Western this past year. While he now has a lot of under saddle experience, he can get anxious and becomes quick and tight as a coping mechanism. We will be evaluating Pilgrim and will begin working with him in hand before riding, in hopes of helping him to relax and learn to trust his rider.