Rosie Red, arrived at Harmony Reins in July 2013. She was severely underweight and looked like someone had flat packed her or rolled over her with a steamroller and then sat her upright!
Rosie’s owner had little knowledge of horses and she was on very poor pasture. They were trying to attend to her needs but were not feeding the right food, nor the right volume to maintain her big frame. Due to her size she was a little intimidating for novice owners and had everyone bluffed. We do not know much of Rosie’s history prior to the owner’s who surrendered her but somewhere along the way, someone was hard with her.
The drama began when we sent the first transport company to go and collect her and her friend Sox who was also surrendered to us. Rosie just would not load, even with her friend Soxy getting on easily. Soxy arrived with no problems. (To read her story go to ….). We then sent another transport company to try and collect her. They tried for over 2 hours and again she just would not load. We were so stressed as she could not stay where she was and we were running out of options. We organised the 3rd company and crossed our fingers and toes and thankfully she loaded. She travelled brilliantly and arrived safely. We then organised the vet to do her teeth and farrier to attend to her feet. Everything had to be done slowly and carefully, as she was very un-trusting and nervous in new situations. She had few manners and had been able to bluff her way out of any situation where she felt uncomfortable.
At feed time, she was pushy and impatient. This was completely understandable due to her hunger however, dangerous at times. We started to teach her some basic manners with Catherine spending 5-10 minutes before every meal with her to work on earning her respect. We taught her to heel like a dog at feed time! It is a great trick and she still does it to this day.
Rosie Red is a very smart horse. She knows when you head into the paddock with an intention to do something to her (worming, vaccinations etc). On those days, she will purposely stay away from you and is impossible to do anything with. If you enter the paddock with no requirements for her, she will hang around for a cuddle and scratch. She is very selective about the people she likes too. With some people she likes them immediately and is a super smooch, others she will not have a bar of. There is no rhyme or reason with who she chooses, and there have been a few very lucky people who have been especially selected by her. The vet on the other hand, is another story, she hates him with a passion (sorry Andrew). She knows his car from any others. Sounds impossible, but as soon as he turns up she takes off up the paddock and will not come back down to be with the herd until he is long gone!
Rosie is at a great weight now and is fit and healthy. We have been constantly working with her and got her to the point she is happy and relaxed in her current environment. We have decided that that it is in her best interests to stay as a permanent resident at Harmony Reins due to her behavioural issues, so her future is assured. If you would like to sponsor Rosie with her ongoing care, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org