Merit is a sweet and eager 2006 15.1h TWH chestnut mare that was a kill pen rescue, back in December 2020. She was very nervous, underweight and unable to be caught when she first arrived. This girl does however have a ton of potential. She’s been started under saddle and is green but her brightness, intelligence and ability will take her far. She is gaited but will walk, trot and canter under saddle.
She is wary of people and being asked to work, but once she settles into her rhythm she relaxes a little more and switches to a steadier disposition. With the right home that provides safe, quality education, time, love and care, she will likely flourish and become a wonderful riding partner. She would be best suited to an intermediate/advanced rider with a trainer. She would not be a candidate for a lesson program at this time.
Merit is 100% sound with no health concerns. She is familiar will children, teens and various farm animals such as turkeys, chickens, goats and sheep. Her history under saddle indicates that she may not have been started in a correct or appropriate way (prior to her current owners rescuing her). She becomes confused and concerned if unsure. She clearly has a strong desire to please and a heart to do her very best. She has most success in a bitless bridle and now responds well to voice commands in and out of the saddle.
Merit was a good girl for her assessment. We saw her being held for grooming, picking feet and tacking. It was noted that she is great with most handling scenarios but does tend to rush backwards when trying to load onto a trailer. She was kept on the lunge ridden at a walk when we visited. Her trail riding history is unknown.
She was quite funny about having her photos taken. She insisted on NOT smiling for the camera and instead showed us her best ‘mare stare’. She really brightened up as the assessment progressed (and she got to know us). She finally agreed to at least put her ears forward a few times. This may or may not have involved treats and a special App that makes horse whinnying sounds! She LOVES carrots.
Merit lives at a lovely farmette with a small number of farm animals and other horses. She can be turned out with geldings or mares and is neutral in the pecking order. She is good with the farrier and is barefoot. She is up to date with dentist, farrier, wellness checks, Coggins and most shots. Her owner would consider out of state for the right home.