Lindum Newsletter February 2019
It all began back in 2011 when I stupidly decided I wanted another horse to add to my collection, maybe a project type. After weeks of searching I was contacted by a lady in Bradford who sent me a picture of a beautiful 13.2 dun pony she said had been broken and was nicely hacking out. I thought great, perfect so off I went on a very cold February morning dressed in my finest riding outfit to go and try her out. When I arrived I can only describe the place as a junk yard, broken cars and rubbish strewn around the place with wooden shacks for stables. Reluctantly I got out of my car and to my horror was presented with a barely 13hh possibly dun mare which was in extremely poor condition. You could see every bone in her body, was infested with fleas, had rain-scald across her entire back and face and looked a very sorry state - clearly not the pony I thought I was coming to see!
After much thought I decided to buy this pony as I basically couldn't leave her there. The day she arrived at the yard, her health had deteriorated even more so. She collapsed upon unloading so we had to carry her into the stable. She spent the next two months on box rest with 4 feeds a day, many vets visits, treatment and hard work. The mare had clearly been beaten repeatedly in the past, it took me over a month to pick her feet out, as soon as I got near her feet, she would shake. She had over an inch thick shoe on which seemed very out of place, almost as if she had been raced in a trap. If a man or anyone in a fluorescent coat came near her she would sit on the floor like a dog. After a month or so I decided to take her for small walks to hand graze but it soon came apparent that she had a very bad case of locking stifle to the point where I had to physically move her back legs into place. As the weeks passed and she gained weight we decided to clip her as she had dried mud on her body which had embedded into her skin. As we did this, it showed the true horror of what she had been through as she had whip scars across her entire back end which unfortunately she still has to this day.
Moving onto today, the mare which I named Mouse, is still with me and has proved to be the star that I always thought she would be. We had a bit of a set back in 2016 when she developed a rare boney growth which was pressing onto her suspensory ligament - the vet said it was highly unlikely that she would be ridden again but I didn't want to give up on her. I did everything to the book and again, numerous vets visits/treatments until in 2017 she was given the all clear and now going from strength to strength. We are into our forth season of endurance which she loves greatly but also turns her hoof at dressage, show jumping and pony games. Although she holds some of the physical and emotional scars of her past she doesn't let this effect her, she is kind and caring and such a pleasure to ride, although can be occasionally spirited! We both look forward to the future together whatever that brings and possibly hoping to get some competitive endurance rides under our belt and maybe Man v Horse next year!
Good luck to you all for this season,
Nicky & Mouse