2016 BLM Mustang Mare
Suitability: In Training
Markings: BLM freezebrand
Height: 14.3 hh
Weight: 950 lbs
Adoption Fee: TBD
Blanche came to SAFE after being seized in July of 2023 by Pierce County Animal Control. She was in need of some basic care, and while PCAC and her foster did a great job of improving her situation, she still had a little ways to go. Since arriving at SAFE, she has had her teeth floated and her feet trimmed, and has continued her feeding regime to help her gain some additional weight.
Blanche is a sweet mare who has so far given us every reason to love her. We are excited to bring her into our horsemanship program and get to teach and learn from this lovely lady!
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Blanche has begun her foray into our training program, where she is proving to be a quick study. Based on how she is for the handling we’ve done so far (tremendously reasonable and very sweet), it maybe shouldn’t have come as such a surprise that she would be similarly minded when we began our groundwork. For each new stimulus, she was responsive but not hugely reactive (her initial reaction was to ‘honk’ — a variation on the snort).
Her history is unknown, and while she is gentle for all-over brushing, has been a very polite girl for the vet as well as the farrier, and is soft on the end of a lead rope, we are doubtful that she has been saddled before. While the rope work we did with her to prepare her for that first (?) saddle went off without much of a hitch, there exists the possibility that she is just the relatively unbothered type. Trotting and loping out with a rope around her belly did not generate any bucking, which is a good sign that the presence of a cinch won’t be world-ending, and she was able to easily change eyes and yield her hind on the same rope.
Throwing a pad up on her back was also a non-issue, and also bodes well for that first saddling being a successful one. We anticipate that it will happen sooner than later for Miss Blanche, and that riding days will follow soon thereafter!
Sweet Blanche has been settling in at SAFE nicely, having a nice mellow (and quite mild!) winter. She and Dorothy love to kick up their heels in the arena together, and when she’s not hanging with her buddy, Blanche is always eager to greet you at the gate or the hay net. She really is one sweet mare. She took the time to pose for a few photos on a rare winter day, modeling how well purple looks on her shiny black coat (even though both were a little dirty, we still think she looks striking!) Contact us to hire Blanche for your next modeling gig!
Blanche, despite being named for a Golden Girl, is neither old nor golden. She is a 7‑year-old BLM mustang mare whose white freezebrand is the only part of her that isn’t black. This lovely lady came in alongside Dorothy, and despite not having known one another before the trailer ride over, the two will forever be bonded as Golden Girls as well as SAFE horses.
Not much of Blanche’s pre-SAFE story is known to us. We are in the process of decoding her freezebrand to find out a bit more about her origins, but really all that we know of Blanche is that she was picked up by Pierce County Animal Control back in July in need of groceries and routine care. But despite having faced neglect, Blanche has a kind eye and a kinder spirit still. She had been gentled to a degree that made the basic handling we do with new intakes (those who allow it) a total breeze. The day after her arrival, we were able to trim all four of her feet without any issue whatsoever. We were also able to bring her into a stall later that same week, and have her seen by the vet for a much needed dental.
PCAC and the fosters they work with improved Blanche’s situation significantly, so by the time she arrived at SAFE she was in much better shape than she had been back in July. She still had a bit of weight to gain, and some logistics had kept her from seeing a vet for a float and vaccinations while at foster, but overall she was in good health. As is the case with any new intake, she will be given several weeks to settle in (and get past her intake quarantine period), but we will bring her into our horsemanship program soon to evaluate what all she knows and continue her on the path of being the best version of herself!
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