Pyrrha

SEX: Mare BREED: Appendix Quarter Horse REGISTERED NAME:
COLOR: Bay MARKINGS:
YOB: 1993 AGE: 25 HEIGHT: WEIGHT:
LOCATION: Redmond ADOPTION FEE: $300 Online Adoption Application

Sage and Pyrrha were seized by Animal Control due to neglect and lack of care. The two mares had essentially been abandoned in a field and left to fend for themselves for quite some time. They were both in poor weight with massive amounts of dirty, matted fur all over their bodies. Pyrrha was believed to be in her early 30s, and Sage, a pony mare, was closer to 23 years of age. Unsurprisingly neither horse had much in the way of ground manners, but both responded well to kind and patient handling.

Our best guess is that Pyrrha is a TB/QH cross, and she seems to be a lot younger than 30, so we’re going to call her 25 for now. She has a brand on her left hip that appears to be a 773, which leads us to believe that she was a ranch horse at one point in her life. Once she was trimmed by a farrier, she began to display a lot of energy, and she appears completely sound.

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Pyrrah Making Strides

Pyrrah Making Strides

SAFE Horsemanship Volunteer Phoebe is helping sharpen up some of Pyrrah’s groundwork. Phoebe worked with Pyrrah this week and here is what she had to say:

It’s pretty clear that in Pyrrah’s past she was allowed to plow through her handler. During our work together we walked the arena and when I asked her to to stop she would move ahead despite my bumping the lead rope. I used a one rein stop technique, which really made her work. After a number of repetitions on each side she was staying with me at the walk, stop & back up. This work made her a different horse. Pyrrah is smart and quickly caught on to what I asked her to do. I was able to lift both front feet on the lead rope. It took a bit for the first one, she kept trying to put it down. She will need repetition of this exercise with her feet.

Getting to know Pyrrha

Getting to know Pyrrha

Pyrrha a bit of a mystery. We have had a few conversations around the barn as to what breed she might be but nothing really fits. But no matter what type of horse she is, this mare is strong as a brick house! She’s most likely been around the block and seen many people and horses come and go in her many years. We still are uncertain her age but given her swayed back and body condition, she’s probably getting up there in age, so it does not make sense for us to attempt to restart her and put her through the stress of being a riding horse.

She is healthy, seems to have good vision, and is a steady as they come. She and Sage could probably tell the younger horses a thing or two about life. Pyrrha is pretty bonded to Sage and seeing them together is pretty darn cute. If you visit them in their turnout paddock you will often find Pyrrha hanging her neck over little Sage who is content resting in the shadow of her wise friend. Recently the volunteers have noticed that Pyrrha has been quite interested in Asha and the commotion around the barn in preparation for the imminent  foal. She has been seen staring at Asha and calling to her if she is not in her stall. Maybe she can tell something exciting and wonderful is about to happen or maybe she just wants Melinda to go to bed and spying on the pregnant Asha during the night on foal watch!

Pyrrha may not have youth on her side but she does still have a lot to offer a family. It would be wonderful to place her with someone who has time to dote on her and love her these last few years of life. She is a confident mare and makes a steady addition to a small herd. We have kept her off of the rich green grass to help maintain a good weight but she would probably be fine on some pasture most months of the year. She requires no medication at this time, chews her hay well, and does not require large amounts of senior to maintain weight. Overall she is a very easy mare to get along with and would make a nice quiet addition to a family looking for a buddy horse.

Below, Pyrrha prefers the hay at the bottom of the feeder!

Introducing Sage and Pyrrha

Introducing Sage and Pyrrha

Sage and Pyrrha were seized by Animal Control due to neglect and lack of care. The two mares had essentially been abandoned in a field and left to fend for themselves for quite some time. They were both in poor weight with massive amounts of dirty, matted fur all over their bodies. Pyrrha was believed to be in her early 30s, and Sage, a pony mare, was closer to 23 years of age. Unsurprisingly neither horse had much in the way of ground manners, but both responded well to kind and patient handling.

Our best guess is that Pyrrha is a TB/QH cross, and she seems to be a lot younger than 30. She has a brand on her left hip that appears to be a 773, which leads us to believe that she was a ranch horse at one point in her life. Once she was trimmed by a farrier, she began to display a lot of energy, and she appears completely sound.

Here are a series of photos taken by Pyrrha’s foster mom:

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Pyrrha’s Friends:

1. Margaret L.

2. Dej J.

3. the Nipert family

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