Annie is a beautiful 2001, 15.2h Appendix mare looking for a home as a English trail/pleasure horse. Her owner is sad to have to find this girl a new home, but financial strain and life commitments have lead to the need to downsize the herd to a more manageable number. Over the years, Annie has done a little bit of everything. On the ground, Annie is very docile and soaks up as much attention as she can get. She’s great for kids to handle and has stood quietly while disabled children in wheelchairs worked around her. She’s an absolute joy to be around and her big, honey brown eyes just draw you in.
Under saddle, she has dabbled in dressage, cross-country, jumpers, trails, and pleasure. She is now seeking a home with a strong intermediate or above rider who wants to just enjoy their time with her, either in the ring or out on the trails. We observed Annie at the walk, trot, canter, and over a small cross rail during our assessment visit. She is a cute mover and seems to really enjoy having a job. Definitely don’t let her age fool you! She gets a little pep in her step when out on the trail or if popping over a little jump here or there, but it’s because she’s loving what she’s doing and is trying her best to contain her excitement! She does prefer a rider with a light seat, who can stay up off her back.
Annie is an easy-keeper and is currently maintaining her full figure on ration balancer, beet pulp, and hay. She’s currently barefoot and has very strong, solid hooves. Unless ridden on rocky terrain, her owner doesn’t anticipate she will need shoes. She’s up-to-date on all shots, deworming, and dental. Many years ago, Annie sustained an injury to her pelvis in the field from which she has since fully recovered, but she can get a little stiff at times. Her owner should plan on primarily riding her on the flat, but she would enjoy the occasional small log or cross rail. She is currently not receiving any supplements or medications, but may benefit from a daily anti-inflammatory if she goes back into regular work. When in heat, Annie can get a little temperamental with other horses and slightly stronger under saddle, so she may benefit from a hormone regulator, like Regumate. Annie is good in a stall, ties, clips, bathes, is good for the vet and farrier, and can go out with mares and geldings. She is bonded with Rookie (also seeking a home through METS) and her owner would love to be able to place them together, if possible.