Violet – A Boss Mare’s Story

Young Quarter Horse Violet may have started her life as a boss mare, but the incredible mistreatment she and her herdmates suffered at the hands of a neglectful owner soon acted to steal the spirit and life from her. As a part of the Neglected Nine, a herd of horses that were seized in Washington County in 2016, the degree of neglect Violet experienced was severe. She had lived without food, adequate water, or protection from the elements.

Violet upon arrival at MSSPA

On the overcast August day when Violet arrived at MSSPA, her hipbones, ribs, and spine jutted prominently. Her hooves were overgrown and damaged. She suffered from intestinal parasites and lice infestation. Even as a young mare, her body was weak from neglect and mistreatment.

Severely underweight due to lack of food
Damaged and overgrown hooves

Violet spent her first several months at the Society undergoing rehabilitative care. She ate alfalfa pellets and other high-quality foods to gain weight and regain her strength. Veterinarians oversaw protocols to clear her system of parasites and lice. Farriers cared for her damaged hooves.

Gaining weight and strength during her rehabilitation

During the rehabilitation process, Violet showed a spark of lively spirit to those that worked closely with her. Her affection for humans, despite her mistreatment, remained strong. As her body gained back strength, Violet soon demonstrated a confident and curious personality that today defines her relationship with humans and other horses.

Curious and confident Violet

To meet Violet now, you might never know that she was anything less than the vibrant and energetic boss mare that rules her paddock. Just ask orphaned foal Apollo about her abilities as a boss mare. He spent several months under her tutelage to learn how to navigate life as a horse!

Boss hoss in the paddock with Apollo and Sarah

Violet spends her days at the Society munching hay and curiously greeting her human visitors. But as the last of the Neglected Nine horses to remain at the Society, what she would love is to find a home of her own. Because of issues stemming from neglect, she is not suitable for riding but is athletic and good with occasional groundwork. If you are looking for an affectionate and confident boss mare to round out your family, Violet may well be a perfect choice.

Interested in adopting Violet? Take a look at her adoption profile and complete a preliminary adoption application.

Violet showing off her athleticism and strength (followed by the lovely Poppy)
Spirited Violet

Show your love for Violet and the other MSSPA horses by participating in the Help-A-Horse Monthly Giveaway.