Paisley is a 20 year old registered American Saddlebred mare who joined us with her half-brother by the same sire. Both are 20 years old and arrived BCS 1.5.
Paisley received vaccinations in mid-September when she reached an appropriate weight to do so. She is easy to catch, blanket and groom. She can be pushy on the ground, and she is re-learning how to stand tied patiently (she does not pull back but she does paw if someone is not paying attention to her.)
We have confirmed that Paisley was shown in-hand as a young horse, and she still remembers how to set up for halter. She shows several behaviors typical of a show horse that was kept in a stall with little exposure to other horses. She is seeking a very specific retirement home for these reasons.
Paisley would do best in a 24/7 turnout situation with access to good shelter and good pasture. She needs a fence that is either hotwire or hotwire reinforced as she is a cribber and a wood-chewer. She doesn’t seem to crib when turned out, but she may chew wood if the fencing appeals to her even with plenty of grass and pasture. This has decreased with better nutrition in turnout, but has not disappeared if she is stalled, even with free choice hay.
Paisley may be sound for light walks around your farm. She knows what to do when tacked up but has a fairly significant club foot on her right front that gives her an uneven gait at a trot. At her age, corrective shoeing will likely cause more harm than good so we have chosen to keep her barefoot.
She needs non-horse companions or needs to be the companion of an alpha. She becomes incredibly possessive of another horse turned out with her, to the point where she might endanger an inexperienced handler. *A very experienced handler could simply work her through this issue, but we are disclosing it so that an appropriate match can be found.*
Paisley is still gaining weight across her ribs and is on a diet of good high fat feed, alfalfa pellets, rice bran and free choice pasture and hay. She is up to date on vaccinations, Coggins, dental, deworming and farrier care.
If you would like to sponsor Paisley through her recovery from neglect, click here to make a donation.
If you think she would be the right horse for you, please apply to adopt today!
Rather than ask an adoption fee, we are simply asking for a donation of your choosing so that we can continue to assist horses that come to us like Paisley.