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Bay Thoroughbred Mare: Equine Agility, Advanced Lessons
Nadiya is a gorgeous off the track thoroughbred (OTTB) who was seized as part of a humane investigation in the 90s when it was discovered her owners had several emaciated quarter horses and thoroughbreds at their farm. Her story began with the Equine Rescue League (ERL) and was known as “Annie and the Clark County Five.” Her barn mate, Annie, was so extremely emaciated, they immediately seized all animals owned by the offenders and transported them to the ERL. Nadiya was at a racetrack in West Virginia at the time of the seizure racing under the Jockey Club name, Miranda’s Pride. She was bred in New York and had raced in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and West Virginia earning over $10,000 in her racing career.
Upon arriving at the ERL, it was determined that Nadiya had a triple bowed tendon (a combination of a high, middle and low bow), a condition also referred to as tendonitis. This injury made her rideability questionable for potential adopters looking at the gorgeous bay mare standing just over 16 hands. Nadiya has always been a personable and interactive horse from the start and due to the nature of her injury, which would have to be vigilantly maintained, The Big Purple Barn was asked to take her in as a permanent resident. While her bow was well managed and healed well, it left her with an extremely thickened left front leg with more limited range of motion. Due to her bow, she should not engage in activities that are stressful on the legs like jumping and galloping and she wears protective support boots during all of her training sessions.
Nadiya is a very typical thoroughbred in that she thrives on small, routine work on a regular basis. If a horse could have ADHD, we believe she would be diagnosed! She is easily distracted and her sensitive nature can make her rather nervous when she doesn’t understand what is being asked of her. Last year, our co-founder and barn manager, Barbara, began to apply principals of equine agility training and the “natural horsemanship” methods made popular by Pat Parelli and Clinton Anderson, to Nadiya and we watched her flourish! She has now progressed from round pen and in hand work to light work under saddle with a variety of our teen volunteers. She seems eager each day for interaction and learning and looks forward to her sessions. We take the mental wellbeing of our residents seriously for the duration of the time they are with us and let them lead us in how they want to be engaged with the human at the farm. Watching her work in the ring with our volunteers, it is hard to imagine she is in her early 20s now! We are excited to see how she will continue to progress because it is NEVER too late for a horse or pony to learn, grow and contribute to the farm! Nadiya is registered with the International Equine Agility Association and will be competing in the coming year!
Nadiya is a cribber (or crib biter/windsucker), a habit she developed at the racetrack during long periods of confinement between races and workouts. The high stress environment of the track produces many “vices” in horses. Cribbing is when a horse bites a hard surface, usually a stall wall, fence post or stall chain, pulls back to tighten their neck muscles and sucks in large gulps of air. This is a very simple repetitive motion that appears to calm their anxiety and once a horse begins this habit, it is virtually impossible to stop despite the deterrent collars, muzzles and chemical applications available. Cribbing is dangerous because horses cannot burp and excess air trapped in the stomach or intestine must work its way out. This can cause painful gas colic which can be treated with pain relief and anti-gas medications or charcoal. Cribbing also places tremendous pressure on the front teeth causing them to wear away over time. As the horse ages, lack of front teeth requires more specialized care in the diet because they cannot rip or tear grass or certain hays anymore. Nadiya is missing much of her front teeth so we manage her diet appropriately. While we are able to minimize her cribbing with a collar, we cannot stop it entirely and we monitor her for gas colic regularly.
Fun fact about Nadiya: she has male canine teeth which are rare in mares! Mares with canine teeth tend to be dominant mares and the teeth are used when fighting and for protection of the herd. Luckily, Nadiya is not a dominant mare and quite low in the herd hierarchy.
Nadiya is looking for a sponsor! For a monthly donation of $200, you can sponsor Nadiya’s medication, feed and hay. Sponsors are also encouraged to make appointments to come spend time with their sponsored resident and groom and spoil them! Nadiya is a beautiful horse with a wonderful spirit looking for sponsors to help her live out her life in comfort and care! For just $20 a month you can join TEAM NADIYA! We need 10 team members to contribute to her care for the 6 months of winter. Will you join TEAM NADIYA today??
A Glimpse of Nadiya!
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Tara J.W. Guevara- President/Program Director Contact Us! email@example.com Phone: 240-687-3449 This site was last updated on October 11, 2017 This site is developed and maintained by Tara J.W. Guevara (all rights reserved)
Our mission is to provide quality, life-long care for horses/ponies and farm animals who are unwanted/neglected and/or have special needs and to develop and offer outreach programs utilizing our resident animals that provide enriching and life changing opportunities for people who might not otherwise have the chance to experience these animals in a supportive, educational environment for humans and animals alike.
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