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16hh, 8-10 yr old, Thoroughbred Mare - Dressage Horse in SC

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  • 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 katiedrummondsc@yahoo.com



  • #2
    What a *nice* looking girl. I hope someone has the common sense to snap this one up for a forever home!
    "Kindness is free" ~ Eurofoal
    The CoTH CYA - please consult w/your veterinarian under any and all circumstances.


    • #3
      Very very nice mare!!! I do hope she lands nicely!
      Adoring fan of A Fine Romance
      Originally Posted by alicen:
      What serious breeder would think that a horse at that performance level is push button? Even so, that's still a lot of buttons to push.


      • #4
        Katie - how tall is the rider in the pictures?

        Abby *is* lovely.


        • Original Poster

          How tall is the rider?

          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.



          • #6
            Darn - a little too small for me then. I was hoping you would reply that they are Amazon Goddesses - 6'3+!

            She is gorgeous - will definitely keep my ears/eyes open for you.


            • Original Poster

              She's too small for me as well but I just couldn't resist her movement and super powerful jump in the sale video.Thanks for taking an interest in her!


              • #8
                Bump for this beautiful girl.
                If I were ready for my next horse,I'd be driving to SC today!
                Equine Art capturing the essence of the grace,strength, and beauty of the Sport Horse."


                • Original Poster

                  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.


                  • #10
                    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....
                    Good luck
                    Mai Tai aka Tyler RIP March 1994-December 2011
                    Grief is the price we pay for love- Gretchen Jackson
                    "And here she comes. Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's ZENYATTA!"


                    • Original Poster

                      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.


                      • #12
                        I will pass this info on to a friend who is looking for a dressage/trail horse, something just to do local shows and hack on.
                        We'll see.


                        • Original Poster

                          Bump for Abby

                          My silly mare is still looking for a new home. Her final vet appointment is scheduled for next Wed which should clear her for riding and Fed. 3rd will be five months post injury.


                          • #14
                            Really!No one has snapped her up?

                            I selfishly would love her to be available for to try,but I won't be looking again until the middle of March at the earliest.sigh..
                            Equine Art capturing the essence of the grace,strength, and beauty of the Sport Horse."


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                              • #16
                                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.


                                • Original Poster

                                  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.


                                  • #18
                                    Awe! Someone was scared of her size? She's a half pint compared to Donnie! He's a smidgen under 18h....so, she would be non-intimidating to us. when can we come see her?
                                    "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.


                                    • Original Poster

                                      When you're regular horse is 14.1hh, 25 yr old quarter horse, Abby is a really big horse.

                                      Please email me at katiedrummondsc@yahoo.com to talk about a date to come see her. Abby's final vet appointment is on Tuesday and we're waiting for a final ok from the vet to get her back riding.


                                      • #20
                                        Sending this to a friend who just let me know she is starting her horse search!
                                        Brae Mont Farm