Breed: Thoroughbred cross
Height: 14.3 hh
Color: Dark Bay
Handler Experience Level: Experienced
Rider Experience Level: Experienced
Suitable Disciplines: Western pleasure, dressage, hunter/jumper, driving
Daphne, a sadly neglected young mare, was rescued with three other horses by an animal control officer in Southern Maine in July 2018. She was severely underweight, feral, ill from a heavy parasite load, infested with lice, and in need of dental and hoof care. She couldn’t be easily caught or touched. She was also suffering from a dangerous, painful abdominal hernia. Daphne underwent surgery, requiring general anesthesia; only afterward was pregnancy suspected. Blood testing confirmed the young mare was in foal. Delivery date? Due to hormonal fluctuation, it was anyone’s guess. Then . . . Daphne gave birth to a beautiful baby boy on March 1, 2019.
Daphne is cooperative and willing to please. While at MSSPA, Daphne underwent groundwork and obstacle desensitization as well as began saddle training. She is now at Horses With Hope, where the fine horsewomen will continue her training!
An update from HWH: “Daphne has been with us for a couple of weeks now and so far she is proving to be sweet, sensible, and athletic. We have picked up where the MSSPA left off and have continued obstacle work, groundwork and lunging. She is very nice mover and picks up on things very quickly. We hope to start with the surcingle and line driving soon. We can’t wait to continue Daphne’s training and see what she can do!”