Having been with us for some weeks now we have gotten to know the depth of this sweethearts true character. In the beginning we could see her true self however her personality was shrouded by her survival instinct. She was never mean but obviously cautious and set clear boundaries with both humans and equines, she was also resource guarding as she had faced a bout of starvation. Over time she realised food was a constant routine in her day and since she has relaxed more and more.
We give her consistent treatment for her skin fungus, which is improving. She has had a good trim and we have fitted her for some boots to help her adjust from the previous wet/softer terrain in the north to our more dry and rocky terrain here- this is a normal transition for many of our new rescues who arrive.
Her food intake has gradually increased over this time as we were careful to not overload her system to avoid issues such as colic. As she suffered from stomach ulcers, caused by the previous poor management of her food, we have given her a months treatment and she has improved greatly.
She has had a check over by the vet and local TV news has come to share her story. As a result of this we have also been contacted by previous owners of hers. They were completely devastated at what had become of their beloved family member, they showed us photos of her in their care many years ago now and asked for the opportunity to be reunited.
After almost turning around the car on their way here out of fear for what they may see they arrived and spoke with our Office and Horse team managers. She had been very well looked after and loved for the 10-15 years she was with them, a true member of their family. She was dependable and trustworthy, teaching their children how to be with horses and to ride. She had a clean bill of health for more than a decade even giving birth to a beautiful young colt, unfortunately he passed away from colic when he was still young some years back but it was lovely to see pictures of them together.
She has made great friends in Bruno and Trufa and can often be found cuddling with Trufa somewhere in the paddock. we are very excited to see what her future brings with the correct management and care she should be able to live out a very long and happy life!
There is just one big question mark hanging over her head at the moment… Is she pregnant? She has many characteristics that fit a pregnant mare so we hope to test her as soon as we can!
Thank you so much for your support of her journey so far, we are all (Nala too!) very grateful. Stay tuned to find out more about our gorgeous new arrival!
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