Hopeful

Grade Appendix-type Mare, Unknown Registration

For Sale $1,000

DOB: 2012 Height: 16 H Location: Baltimore County

Suitable Discipline(s):
Training Project, English, Hunter, Trails, Pleasure
Rider Suitability:
Intermediate, Advanced
Handler Suitability:
Intermediate, Advanced

Additional Information

Hopeful is a beautiful ~2012, 16h grade Thoroughbred or Appendix-type mare seeking a home as an English pleasure horse with an strong intermediate rider. A couple years ago, Hope’s owner pulled her from the Kaufman kill pen in Texas, destined for what could have very well been a tragic fate. Upon coming home, Hope needed some TLC to get her back to peak shape before putting her into work. Hope’s owner found that she is a fun mare to work with who may express her opinion, but she tries her heart out and, once she picks up a new skill, she’s set!

Hope does have a head tilt, which is most likely the result of nerve damage sustained during the bout of Strangles she sustained while in quarantine after the kill pen. Her owner had a CT scan done, which came back completely clear. Hope’s owner mentioned that the tilt improves with increased workload and conditioning. An improvement was noted by us just in our one visit with her. When she first stepped out of the stall, the tilt was quite noticeable, but didn’t seem to bother her in any way. She showed no sensitivity and had full range of motion in both direction. By the end of our appointment, after she had been lunged and ridden at the walk/trot and some canter, the tilt was greatly improved and almost resolved. So it is our hope that it would indeed continue to improve with more regular work.

It had been about seven months since Hope was last worked with and ridden when we visited with her. She was a bit nervous when we arrived, due to the fact that her friend, Teddy (also available through METS), was being worked with while she was in her stall. Once done with Teddy, we pulled her out. She was a bit wiggly and anxious, but easy to work around. She stood for grooming and picking up all four hooves. Hope does pull back when cross-tied in the aisle, so she was held. However, she does cross-tie in the wash stall with a wall behind her.

We observed Hope lunge at the walk/trot/canter, trot over ground polls, and walk over a tarp and bridge. She stood well for mounting and walked off well. Though a little resistant to picking up a trot under saddle, particularly to the left, she eventually worked through it and went well. Considering it had been seven months since last ridden, we felt she did very well! We would recommend that she be ridden by a strong intermediate or above rider, at least while she gets back into the routine of being worked. Her owner said that she settles once back in regular work and actually maintains a very nice frame. She’s a nice mover and very well put together, so she’d make an excellent trail, pleasure or even hunter horse for someone with a little more experience.

Hope has been kept with both mares and geldings. She can live outside 24/7 or in a stall. Barefoot and a moderate keeper, Hope is UTD on everything and ready to find her new home. If you feel there’s potential for Hope to be the right horse for you, inquire about her today!

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