RW update, January 2020:
Willow has significant anxiety in barns with a lot of activity. She actually does better in a quiet setting in private turn-out than she does in a busy boarding facility with multiple pasture buddies. We are currently working through some of these issues with her, and she is available to a training-level home OR an adopter who will commit to at least 60 days with a professional trainer capable of addressing her needs at this time.
RW came to Safe Harbor as part of a neglect case in West Tennessee. She was one of the youngest in the herd, and as such was also one of the thinnest, having likely been bullied off of food by older mares. Most of the horses she was with were thoroughbreds, although RW does not have a tattoo. This beautiful girl is big – 16.2 hands – and is a lovely mover. She is vet-aged at approx. 8 years old; young enough to have her whole life and even a performance career ahead of her.
RW has obviously had SOME training. She is lovely to be around on the ground, and even children can lead and groom her. Her foster family’s children pull buckets up to her to stand on and reach her back for grooming. She lunges quietly both ways and tacks up like she has done it a million times. She accepts a rider and stands quietly for mounting and dismounting. Her foster family has put more than 2 months into refreshing her training and getting her walk/trot/and a few steps of canter, outdoors in a quiet setting with no pressure.
She has the personality of a warmblood – not in a hurry over anything – but the metabolism of a thoroughbred. She currently lives on 24/7 turnout on good grass pasture with free-choice grass hay and is fed 10 pounds of Tribute Resolve plus 5 pounds of alfalfa pellets each day. We’re not trying to scare you off — but she has some very definite dietary requirements for her health that we want potential adopters to know up front. As you can see in her photo, she is still gaining a bit of weight, but she is ready for the next chapter of her life. She is UTD on all routine care.
This is an extremely nice mare for the right person. Her adoption fee is currently $800. If we have her long enough to point her toward a discipline, this will increase exponentially.
If you are a trainer interested in taking her on as a project, please email us about our Trainer Incentive Program.