Woody was saved by his current owner, Leslie, who now rides him in Third Level dressage.
PHOTO: COURTESY OF LESLIE ANN GUILBAULT
Woody is now a 15-year-old sport pony registered with the United States Equestrian Federation and United States Dressage Federation. When owner Leslie Ann Guilbault of Double A Equestrians and Linden Wood Farms in Durham, NH, found him in July 2014, he was 11 and very skinny. “He was very afraid of people, you could barely touch or catch him,” says Leslie. “We kept his halter on at all times, and he even still wears his halter in turnout.” Initially, Woody just spent a couple of months putting weight back on and being comfortable in his new home. As for feed, Leslie still has Woody on a 14% low fat grain and an allaround complete supplement. “He gets good quality hay and lots of love,” Leslie says. At first, Woody would go out all day and would be groomed, but no exercise was introduced quite yet. “At some point I started just doing some ground work, lightly longing him, and spending time getting him used to a saddle,” shares
Leslie. Woody was saved by his current owner, Leslie, who now rides him in Third Level dressage. “I had no idea whether he had been ridden or not, so we just took it one step at a time.” Leslie spent the next six months doing ground work and desensitizing Woody. “I took it very slow with him, often with steps forward and then steps back,” Leslie shares. Riding was not introduced until the winter. Leslie worked with him all season and eventually took him to a schooling show the following summer. Woody moved on to being a school horse, though mostly on the longe line, to be safe. “He had a bit of a set back with a student while mounting him. She kind of panicked for no reason then he jumped and he was a little difficult to mount for a while after that,” Leslie shares. Woody took some time off until Leslie returned from Florida in January of 2017, when she had some spare time to start working with him again. By working with Woody four to five days a week, Leslie helped rebuild his confidence and strength, and since the two have been working to compete more aggressively in the dressage ring. “Since then, I ride him five days a week, compete him, and plan to take him up the levels,” says Leslie. Woody’s biggest challenge, according to Leslie, is that he's very afraid of people and being touched. “We still struggle with that,” shares Leslie. “If you move the wrong way, too quickly, or he misreads your intentions, he backs away.” Though he breaks the crossties and runs away in the paddock, Leslie knows he does not mean to harm anyone and that his trust in her will grow.. “He is not afraid of things, just people, and gaining his trust has been the hardest part,” she adds.
Frankie Frankie is a Thoroughbred gelding who, when he was found by the Horse Protection Association of Florida (HPAF) in Micanopy, FL, was guessed to be approximately 24 years old, weighed 864 pounds, had a Henneke body scale rating of one, and was severely emaciated. Initially, Frankie received half a pound of senior feed and half a pound of alfalfa hay every three hours from 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., free choice grass, salt, and minerals. When found, he had diarrhea, likely caused by sand ingestion, which was resolved in one day with feeding only. After this, Frankie coliced three times, on day 10, 12, and 13. “We usually begin new arrivals on ranitidine from day one, but Frankie was already being fed six quarts of grain twice daily by his new owner of three days with no ill effects, so we did not think he needed the ulcer medication,” states HPAF Executive 2018 Health & Nutrition Guide
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