9yro 36" Mini Mare in SoCal--COTH FOUND HER A HOME! Update in post #9!
Edited to add: Didn't realize the img tags are working now, so Firefly's pics are now up here--no need to click on a link to them anymore. now you can see her in all her cute glory. :D
Time has created complications in my life. Some have been unhappy, like my two back surgeries, but some have been wonderful, like my 2 1/2yro son :) ...and I just cannot keep my horses in the 100% self care facility I have them at now. Full time job, full time toddler, a sore back aging faster than my 35 years, and 100% self care are brutal. I am moving my Arab to full care board, and sadly need to find my registered division B mini "Gilliams Firefly" a new home. Her previous owner has right of first refusal, but she no longer lives on land and cannot take her back.
Now, how can *you* resist this face?
Firefly came to me as a rescue of sorts; she has a thyroid imbalance and severely foundered (while pregnant; she lost the foal) about 6 months before I got her. Her previous owner lived on acres of lush green pasture in Texas, but poor Firefly couldn't graze on it with her buddies because of her laminitis (something like 14-15 degree rotation of the coffin bone). I took her in, and she became a companion to my older Arabian mare and an ambassador to an after-school horse club I run. I have owned her for 4 1/2 years.
Firefly would NOT do well in public boarding around here. The "cute" factor means everyone wants to pet and indulge her, and I've seen minis at other stables become victims of frequent colic. A lot of facilities around here simply aren't equipped for a 36" tall horse (she can crawl under the fences at some places--and will, to get to something green), and they don't have the feed on hand suitable for her. Due to her medical history, Firely has a very specific diet: 2 1/2lbs timothy hay 2x/day, some soaked timothy pellets with her thyroid medication, and the occasional carrots or treats. Every boarding facility around here feeds alfalfa, which would be disastrous with her. She colicked once, in July 2007, on an unusually hot day. Per my vet's recommendation, she gets a daily supplement of ReStore with her soaked pellets, and she hasn't colicked since. She is up to date on her shots, has her feet done every 6 weeks by a highly respected area farrier, gets psyllium once a month, and has her teeth done by an equine dentist every year (she'll be due in December).
Firefly is quite dominant--not mean or nasty (she doesn't bite or kick), just pushy and disrespectful of space. A once a week lunging/reteaching lesson reminds her who is lead mare. ;) I do NOT want her going to a home where she's going to be ruined, physically and behaviorally, because she's "cute"--and it would be easy to do. She's a smart girl, and knows how to work the "awwww" factor.
She can be aggressive toward horses (squealing, pinning ears, kicking out at the biggie horses that just HAVE to sniff her butt, chasing with teeth bared in turnout) as she asserts her dominance. With other minis/ponies, they can handle her and she'll find her place--but turned out with the wrong "biggie," she'll get herself killed. I have turned her out with my Arab, but only because the Arab is a complete wuss and submits to her.
She is not trained to drive. She lunges (both directions, and will change directions when cued), leads, loads, ties, has excellent ground manners, and will yield her hindquarters to you on the ground. She is practically FEARLESS...wish I could transplant her confidence into my Arab! Although--really loud noises like weed whackers have been known to freak her out, but really...she's ready to take on the fire breathing dragon rather than flee it.
I am not looking for money for Firefly--I'm looking for a good home, where her medical needs will be addressed (so simple!) and her personality understood. I wil send her with any of the leftover supplements (ReStore) and medication (right now, it's a thyroid powder; the vet usually likes her to have 2 synthroid pills a day) I have for her, plus whatever timothy pellets I have. I'll also include her halter, lead, grazing muzzle, fly mask, and other mini-sized items I come across.
She is an easy, inexpensive keeper. She eats about a bale, bale and a half of timothy a month, and is, as most ponies are, tough as nails...my little punker pony. :)
I have SCORES of pictures of Firefly online:
She gets a coat like a woolly mammoth in winter--we usually do this blanket clip.
Body condition shot
Enjoying a runaround...
...in one of the arenas.
http://pic20.picturetrail.com/VOL21/.../136611723.jpgTelling off my Arab in turnout.
If you are interested, PM me all about you and your potential home...I'm going to screen my little girl's home very carefully. :) Take good care of her, please? :sadsmile: