Success Story – Adopted January, 2020
Obstacle challenges? Competitive trail? Gaited fun show classes? Sarah has potential to be your partner for all of the above.
Sarah is a ten year old, approx. 14 hand white and gray gaited mare. Our best guess is that she is an Arabian/Paso mix. Sarah was part of a neglect case, found locked in a barn where she’d spent the better part of a year. After some basic care rehabilitation such as proper hoof care, deworming, and turn-out, Sarah went to professional training. She is currently in her second month with David Cooprider at Ascada Arabians. (See video and photos from 12/5 on the link; additional video here.)
Our preference for her perfect person is someone who will commit to keep her in training. Alternatively, she needs an experienced owner who is quiet and confident in finishing a green horse. She is definitely “little girl’s dream horse” material in the right hands, and an experienced child could take her down the trails right now with a competent adult working to finish her training.
Sarah has a beautiful gait and is one of the prettiest horses we have ever seen. She has been ridden indoors, on trails, and through outdoor obstacles. On the trail, she will go over, under, or through anything without hesitation. She is careful and surefooted. Plus, she played the Unicorn at our Fall Festival. We would love her future to include children as she seems to naturally respond well around them. She leads, loads, ties, stands for vet and farrier, bathes, clips and is learning some ‘extras’ that her future partner will appreciate.
Sarah tends to be on the easy keeper side – she would do best on a ration balancer and if she is on lush pasture, she may need a grazing muzzle. She does have pink skin on her neck, back and hips and so she will require a home who can either stall her during the day or who will be diligent about keeping a UV-protective fly sheet on her in the summer months. (A sunburned horse + a saddle is a recipe for disaster, if you’re wondering why.) She has good feet and has no special needs.
Sarah is up to date on vetting including Coggins, vaccinations, dental and chiropractic, farrier care, and deworming.
Sarah was locked in a barn for almost a year – a victim of someone who loved her too much to do what was best for her; an owner who ended up abandoning her in that place due to a domestic situation. She joined us through the diligent care of Metro Nashville Animal Control. Two months later, we sprayed her with glitter, added flowers to her mane, and dressed her up like a Unicorn to meet and greet the kids at our fall festival.
Intertwined in Sarah’s story is a little girl who shared her name. At 14, this little girl who loved horses and wanted to be a veterinarian took her own life. Sarah the horse became an outlet for friends to channel their grief as they helped sponsor her care.
This organization has always said it is a safe harbor for all. Volunteers felt safe openly discussing mental illness, trauma, abuse, and disabilities. As part of a long-term plan, we have discussed certifications and how to combine rescue horses with kids, veterans, and others who need them.