Current assessment and status: Sweet and Talented!
She continues to be more comfortable working more quietly. We have had a few small kiddos on her and she is doing great. She still gets very fast and high headed if the rider puts leg on her or has more contact than she wants, but she is getting better. Julie, one of the Pony Club Leaders and Mom to Amelia (who is in love with Suzy and is her primary rider) says, “Susie is a perfect kids pony although she still needs a patient and experienced rider because she is green. She walks and trots safely, but does quietly avoid situations she is unsure of. Her first inclination is always to move forward when she is unsure. But is safe, no bucking or other bad habits under saddle. She is curious on the ground and needs patience, but is easily groomed and picks up all of her feet. She is wonderful in the ground with children and has had a group of 5 pony clubbers brushing her all at once. She is great at ground tieing, too.
She has been exposed to trot poles both on the ground and raised, and will give a little jump if pushed for it. She is still unsure of jumping. She has played with a ball and hula hoops, but is still working to be relaxed in situations with obstacles. She is a gem!”
Suzannah, a gorgeous, 7-yr-old bay HackneyX mare, completed a 90-day training under the THHIN Rescue Challenge this past winter, started under saddle and showcased held at the Big E in Springfield, MA. She has no known issues or bad habits but is not suitable for beginners under saddle, as she is still very green, sensitive, and forward. Suzannah may make a wonderful riding or driving pony with some further training! She is best suited for a home that will continue her training and keep her in work.
Suzannah is currently in foster training at Abenaki Farm in Campton, NH., where lots of slow and steady work has paid off! Groundwork has helped gain her trust and learn that quiet, trusting work is preferred. She has been ridden hunt seat, by an experienced 12-yr-old girl, but always starting on a lunge line, and then walk/trot work. Friendly to all, Suzannah loves her all-day turnout in a herd of six.
Check out Suzannah on Facebook at Abenaki Farm, where you will see how far she as come!