16hh, 8-10 yr old, Thoroughbred Mare - Dressage Horse in SC
First just wanted to say that I absolutely adore this horse and have tried my hardest to come up with some way to keep her and show her as a dressage horse but just can't. I sent her off for dressage training and at this point, she knows more than I do. The cheapest dressage lessons I can find are $70 an hour and just can't justify expenses for a horse I can't even afford to take lessons on (work off my lessons with an Eq trainer).
Abby is a 16hh, tattoo-ed OTTB (can't read the tattoo though) that we guess to be between 8-10 years old. Abby has a lot of potential for the dressage arena though. Fantastic mind, very trainable, lovely gaits. Very light in the bridle. Sensitive but not quick. No buck/rear/bolt. Very turned into her rider and has little experience with someone not balanced in the tack. Was doing training/1st level prior to injury. Also trail rides well and rides bareback.
She was a rescue but was fully rehabbed and in training to be a jumper for a year. A tear in her front right suspensory ligament has ended her career over fences. Stall rested for a month, pasture rest till end of December but vet (specialist) has approved light riding at walk and some trot till then and she's 100% sound (no heat/swelling/tenderness). Early Jan visit will clear her for cantering and a return to work. Abby has been on SmartTendon to aid in her recovery since the injury. Full recovery is expected but we've decided to discontinue her training as a jumper. Has to go to a home where she will not be jumped! A donation to help cover her significant vet bill would be appreciated but she is free to a good home. References required. Email for more information firstname.lastname@example.org
I am almost certain the rider is 5'9". Certainly close to my height and I am 5'9". This is me aboard Abby on our 4th or 5th ride (she hadn't been ridden heavily for a good period of time - month plus?) prior to that ride.
Thanks Ctannner! She really is a lovely mare to watch go (wish I'd gotten videos of her to post as well!). She's got a home here until the right person comes along but I know she'd be happier with her own person to love her.
Where was she last June! I picked a wonderful schoolmaster also for free because I only want to do dressage..and I am only 5'3"! I hope you find another rider like me who would treat her like a queen and give her a forever home....
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Last June she was in dressage training to learn the flat work she needed to be a jumper and we had big plans. She'll find her person sooner or later and in the mean time she'll hang out here. Not a hard keeping TB and goes barefoot so it doesn't cost too much to keep her around.
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How is she on trails??? I think I live near you......and you know my friend...victoria jacks. I board my swedish warmblood at her house and have a 35 acres spread of my own, but not willing to bring my nutty big guy home. Hubby and I were looking for a husband safe horse, and could probably set up the back of the barn (which does not have our stalls in yet..) as something temporary. As victoria could attest, she would be well taken care of. Just need to know if she would be safe for a rank beginner (my hubby) and not spooky....we have 35 acres of CLEAR and easy trails. He wants to trail ride and I do too.
"Lose your temper, lose your horse" -someone wise enough to know better than to pick a fight with a 1200 lb animal that could launch you to the moon.
I do know Victoria and the lovely SB she has been riding!
I am not a trail riding person so she does not have much experience on them but we are hoping to change that as we start legging her back up. She has never acted up or spooked, just doesn't have experience there.
Abby has carried around a rider who, while not a rank beginner, was scared of her size. Abby was overly thrilled (she's really only been rider by riders at Victoria's level and up) but minded her manners.
I would probably want your husband (or yourself since you know his ability) ride Abby on some trails by out barn before taking her home.