Alias Stacia, Little Girl
DV mare born in 2011 and is now 178 cm.
Was abandoned by her mother
Stacia was born here with us. The first 2,5 days were pretty tough as the mare would not be recognized by her foal. The vet said she had a "birth depression" and we should keep forcing the mare to let the foal suckle. The first two nights I therefore slept with Stacia, she woke me up once an hour so I could get up, milk the mare and give Stacia a bottle.
During the day we could, with the help from our neighbors, hold the mare so that Stacia could go and nurse.
On the third day, it was as if the mare suddenly woke up and discovered she had a foal and then it all ended well.
Stacia and I shared the duvet the first two nights in her life.
She kept growing
Stacia was already as 2 years 170 cm, so she is today a pretty big lady.
Because she grew so much we did not start to train her until she was 4 years old. The first rides went easy as she was very confident. We made her used to the rider the summer of 2015 and gave her time off during winter and then we began training again in the spring of 2016.
Something was wrong
I could not, however, make her develop completely as I expected. At first I thought it was the saddle and went over to only train her from the ground. But neither did it work optimally, so after some time I went on to train her 2 to 3 times a week in walk only because I suspected she grew.
She wasn't at any point lame, she just wouldn't stretch steady and start stepping deeper under her. Finally I got osteopath Helle Kornbek out. Helle discovered that she was locked on the right side of the back and around the left hip. After just one treatment I had a completely different horse. Suddenly she would stretch and I could so small start getting her to go a little more forward.
Work from the ground
After that, I decided to give Stacia a little more time from the ground and first began to walk her back at the end of April.
I had decided that I wouldn't ride her especially much before I'd got a saddle that fit and it got I saw July 2017, so now we really can get started with the riding.
Big and stubborn
Stacia is a big and stubborn horse, with very little patience. Everything must be done in such a way that she thinks it was her idea.
It has been difficult, but it is getting easier and easier. And what's great about her is that she always works over her back. She does not know how to "go wrong". No matter where she has her head or how fast she is, she works with her back raised.
She is great to be on and over time I think she becomes a dream to ride.
The video below shows the day the mare, Stacia's mother, for the first time starts to show interest in her foal. We were very relieved and very tired after being constantly on for 2,5 days.