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"Piper" - Palomino Mare - $800

year: 2010
sex: mare
height: 14.1
registry: n/a
color: palomino
location: Iowa City, IA

Piper is a very sweet mare who has navicular syndrome and is not currently sound. She came to us two years ago at the age of five. Some other generous people had recovered her from a rescue situation in which she nearly starved to death. They got her back into good health, and then we took her on in order to break her to ride in hopes of finding her a forever home after she had a good training foundation.

We started her under saddle in February of 2015, and things went really well from the beginning. Despite her late start, she came along quickly. By late summer we had a solid foundation in walk, trot, and canter, and were starting her with basic lateral movements and exploring outside of the arena.

She came up very mildly lame that fall. We gave her time off. When she didn't recover we had a couple vets look at her and finally one came up with the navicular diagnosis. Since then, we have tried to correct with various types of shoes. Despite some intermittent periods of promising improvement, she is still not reliably sound to ride. It is possible with a different treatment approach she could be.

Piper is very gentle and friendly. She has impeccable ground manners, leads, stands tied, and is good in a herd. She has a stellar work ethic and tries very hard to please her handler. She's had extensive groundwork in the last two years, but can still be a little uncertain around new people. She isn't pushy or dominant around other horses. Under saddle she is quiet and steady despite her limited experience. She has the most gorgeous mane and beautiful coat.

Although we were told she is a registered Quarter Horse, her papers were lost before she came to us and we've been unable to recover them.

Piper is easy to catch, and is good with the vet and farrier. She is UTD on shots, worming, teeth, and shoes. She is sweet and gentle and a real beauty. Our goal is to find Piper a loving home where she will continue to be well cared for.

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