In early March of 2010, Jefferson County Animal Control asked HPL to help with two Arabian mares that needed to be placed after their owner turned them over to the county. The mares, a mother and daughter duo, were in poor shape and very underweight. Both mares were a little nervous, but it did not take long until they were happily eating their hay. Both horses received small meals throughout the day for the first part of their recovery. Jackie is in her late teens, and her daughter, Gracie, is six.
Gracie has been a particularly interesting and enjoyable horse to work with for many of us at HPL. At six years old she is physically and mentally mature, but it seems that no one has ever done anything with her. Gracie is extremely smart and curious, and she loves people! We are taking her training very slowly and carefully to make sure she has a solid foundation for whoever adopts her to build upon. As of April 14th, 2011 Gracie stands to be caught, leads nicely, picks up her feet, has good ground manners, knows how to go in the round pen, will let you touch her all over with ropes and saddle pads, and has worn a surcingle. She has also had a saddle on her back once, and loads into the trailer. She is going to be a very nice horse for someone patient and gentle who wants to have fun!
If you want to keep uo with Gracie's progress or learn more about adopting Gracie, you can read her blog page or visit our home page,