When Neigh Savers sent out the email about us, the Sonoma County Satellite, the CEO received an email from Trudy. Trudy had adopted Izzie a year or so ago and was having some issues and asked if we could come see what we thought about the situation
She wanted Devon the fearless to ride Izzie because Izzie had developed a rather strong aversion to work. Rearing, bucking and worse. Trudy’s trainer and her trainer’s assistant had both tried with Izzie and things were not going well. The vet had tried several things to ease Izzie’s arthritis and hormonal issues, but Izzie still insisted that riding was not her favorite past-time. Sometimes Izzie was fine and Trudy’s daughter Lindsay had ridden her quietly around the pasture not too long before Trudy reached out to us, but no one could count on her behavior from one day to the next.
Karen, Devon and I went to visit Trudy and Izzie and found a lovely 23-year old mare who is beautiful and quite fit and healthy-looking. A flea-bitten gray, Izzie is well-built and strong. She raced until she was eight and then became a brood mare, without a lot–if any–of riding between the track and now. (I have so many thoughts about not riding horses after they come off the track–particularly broodmares–but will save them for another post.)
As we talked about the medications Izzie is on and the things Trudy had tried, Izzie listened but fidgeted. There were many things, more expensive treatments, Trudy and Lindsay could do in order to ride this mare. But Izzie seems to be quite sure that she is not interested.
Telling an owner we agree with her assessment that this horse would be better with some time off–if not permanently retired–is risky. Would Trudy and Lindsay want to give Izzie back? And how hard would it be to find Izzie a home then?
Luckily, they are the types of adopters every rescue dreams of. They not only will keep and continue to care for Izzie–even if they never ride her again–they are interested in adopting another horse, one they can train and ride regularly.
It may even turn out that Izzie can be gently ridden every now and then, all while enjoying semi-retirement.
A huge thank you to Trudy and Lindsay for your commitment to Izzie, to ex-racehorses and to Neigh Savers. If only we could clone you!