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|Name:||Charity (Ever So Clever)|
|Owner:||Diane Cooke/Devin Williams|
|Listed:||AH-Other February 8, 2014 Ever So Clever|
HistoryThe only information about Ever So Clever we had was what was posted about her- "cute as can be and has a sweet and clever personality to match. She stands about 15'1hh and is in overall good condition except for having overgrown hooves. She is said to be broke to ride and used mostly for pleasure riding. Ever So Clever is easy to handle, picks up her feet, loves attention, and has a loving type personality. She is a heavier built mare and I am guessing her to be a Quarab based on her appearance."
StoryEver So Clever had a rough start. Once we paid for this cute little mare, we found that we were going to have to wait a week or so to have her transported. We waited, and when Ever So Clever finally arrived, she was exhausted and ready to meet her new family. Unfortunately, she had to stay in quarantine for a couple weeks- she was NOT happy about that. She would gaze at the barn and call to the horses she knew were in that barn she could see. When someone would enter her paddock, she followed them around and just wanted to be near them. When everyone left her paddock, she would swing her head over the gate and watch them leave- it was heart breaking!
We searched and searched for the perfect name for this adorable mare until we finally came upon the name "Charity," which a source said meant hope, faith, and love. This was perfect for our new girl!
In Charity's first week with us, she had her feet trimmed (Our poor baby was so sore!), she had a vet check (We had some concern about her weight and how cresty she was, but everything turned out fine!), and she had a visit from the equine dentist (She had 2 wolf teeth that needed to be pulled. She actually leaned into the dentist while he was working on her teeth- she knew he was helping her!).
After Charity's time in quarantine, we introduced her to the teddy-bear (therefore, low man on the totem pole) of the bunch- our 16.1 hh Friesian gelding. They bonded instantly. This was good and bad news- good news because our little boy finally had a friend that didn't chase him around all the time! The bad news was that Charity was terrified of going into a stall, so we let her stay out in a paddock with a run-in, but the gelding liked being in a stall at night (he stands at the gate and stares at us when he's ready to go back to his stall). So Charity began to get depressed and having small anxiety attacks at night that caused ulcers. As soon as we found out how stressed she was (She used to hold it in so well.), we started trying really hard to get her more comfortable with being in a stall (Until she got comfortable, the gelding stayed outside with her at night). Charity was back to her sweet, happy self within the week!
When we let Charity and her new buddy in the big pasture with our other 2 mares (and under the supervision of us and our trainer), Charity had a blast! She ran circles around the other 2 mares while they tried to catch her to show her who was boss- turns out, Charity is the boss! Our Andalusian got so frustrated that Charity didn't pay any attention to her that she eventually gave up and just grazed next to the new herd member.
After a couple weeks, our Fox Trotter mare had a couple hoof prints on her, but nothing major. We figured they were just deciding who was really in charge. Then we arrived to a still Charity one day and knew something was wrong. We walked to her and saw that her back ankle was swollen. Her and the Fox Trotter got into it, and from the looks of it- Charity lost. Thankfully, all of her wounds were very superficial, except for a broken (minor) bone in her leg. She's doing great in her recovery! We decided that instead of surgery (and stall-rest for 30 days), we would try to let Charity's leg heal itself. We're helping her with magnets, Myofascial therapy, and Reiki. She's walking completely normal and showing no signs of pain or lameness! Hopefully, the bone will keep healing!
To read more about Charity's rescue, you can visit Diane's blog- charitysrescue.blogspot.com.
Charity is such a wonderful horse and we are so lucky to have her! Thank you, Sabrina and all of the volunteers at AH for saving these wonderful babies and giving them another chance to be happy!
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