Can you believe it has been 6 months since Miss Lily had arrived to us at Harmony Reins? We can’t! The time has flown by but the achievements have been nothing short of amazing. Lily arrived on the 7th of September 2013 after a very exhausting day. We were warned by her previous owner that she was difficult to catch, was unhandled and was very reluctant to pick up her feet. Due to these issues Lily was left without having her feet trimmed for a very long time. Upon arrival we ran into some difficulties with Lily; whilst she was fine to catch, she was showing some very fearful behaviour. She would not pick up her feet and her first instinct was to bolt forward to run away.
Lily’s feet were our main priority and we organised a trainer to work with her. Within 20 minutes she picked up all 4 hooves and had them trimmed, we could not believe our eyes! Since that day we have been working with her on picking them up and now she is confident enough to stand still and have her feet cleaned out whilst standing in the paddock with no halter on.
The next pressing issue was Lily’s weight. We were warned that she was a founder case and had to be monitored for the rest of Spring and the rest of her life. After a visit from our vet we confirmed that she was actually not at risk of foundering and we are quite confident she won’t be ever again. Lily’s weight issue came down to her not being able to move around her paddock due to her overgrown feet causing her pain. She has been turned out into a grassy paddock since the middle of November and is enjoying a hard feed and hay every night. There has been no weight gain and she is officially at her ideal size.
The next issue was her body. Due to her not being able to move around freely her muscles were wound tight and were causing her pain when she would stretch out to walk. Lily has had 2 massages since being in our care and on the 2nd visit we heard great news. Thankfully, she was well on the road to recovery and her body was back to what a normal horse should be.
Since her arrival she has been handled every single day and is now one of the quietest horses we have in our care. She shocked us all by her willingness to learn and how she has accepted all these changes with minimal fuss. She has had her feet trimmed and handled, established groundwork and halter trained, her teeth attended to, massaged, rugged and has been saddled and bridled. Lily’s favourite activity of all time is grooming, she will stand for hours on end and have a good snooze whilst being pampered! She is so lovely.