“B” BEWITCHED

We have found that “B” has her own way of communicating. She will let you know when she likes or dislikes something and is quite vocal with how she feels. When she hears me, I hear her cry out to me. She loves attention from her family (and believe me, we had to earn it).

“B” was 15 years old when we met her in 2010. She came with our house and property now called, Spirit’s Promise. She is an unusual horse with an amazing story. We believe that she doesn’t think she is a horse. She was born a twin and very small (26 pounds). Non-domesticated mares (female horses) would kill the weaker of the twin because she would not have enough milk for both. This was the reason her owner, Dave, took her in the house and raised her in a playpen until she was old enough to eat and drink on her own.

We have found that “B” has her own way of communicating. She will definitely let you know when she likes or dislikes something. “B” is quite vocal with how she feels. When she hears me, I hear her cry out to us. She loves attention from her family (and believe me, we had to earn it). She is extremely leery of people she doesn’t know — especially small children.

Soon after we met her, she was separated from her twin sister Patsy. Her owner, Dave, was very sick and needed full-time care. His family felt that they could ride Patsy and came to bring her to a barn closer to their house. It was awful to witness the separation. Our hearts broke for “B” for a long time. She seemed to have a feeling of abandonment and was lost without her sister. Then, one day, we rescued a Morgan from Middle Island named Rex, her Knight in shining black armor. They both had abandonment issues and found safety, love and comfort in each other.

“B” suffers from Moon Blindness or UV-itus, which is a hereditary disease where the light affects her eyesight. She also has Cushings Disease were her body cannot process sugars and (like insulin with diabetes) we treat “B” with pergolide this helps her process sugars. We continue to work with “B” showing her that not all humans will mistreat her. Negative reinforcement is the old school way of training horses. We smother her with love and cookies now instead of a whip.

 

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