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||Arrived December 2011
||FOSTERED 1/1/13; Available, details below
|SPONSORSHIP: (Details below)
- FEED: needs a sponsor
- MEDICAL: need a sponsor
||5 year old (2008
Arabian/Quarter Horse cross mare, measured 14.0hh, approx 750 lbs.
|Veil arrived in December 2011 in good physical condition.
We believe Veil has been malnourished at least twice in her young life,
but do not have extensive specifics on either situation.
We are told Veil had a stitched puncture wound to one foreleg
previously, which is well healed and barely any scar is visible.
In her intake examination, Veil received mild chiropractic adjustment
to both her hips where she was very stiff and sore. Her teeth confirmed
she is 3 years old, having recently lost a baby tooth cap as her adult
teeth are erupting/erupted. Veil was EXCEPTIONALLY well behaved for the
vet; she seemed to sense that Dr. Jennifer Miller was only looking to
Veil does not appear to be finished growing in height or particularly
in breadth and solid/width of chest. We anticipate her gaining at least
1-2 inches of height and filling out significantly across her chest. As
some arabian lines and many quarter horse lines don't finish growing
until age 5 even when properly nourished, it isn't unusual for Veil to
still be growing at this time.
12/1/12 update: Veil is a solid 14.0hh, broadening in chest and body,
and our vet has cleared her to train to ride. She may get wider and
more solid, but we don't anticipate her getting any taller.
Veil arrived in December 2011, she was very difficult to manage on the
ground. She was overwhelmed by new surroundings, timid and frightened
despite a very gentle hand here and also quality care from the facility
where we she was staying prior to our arrival. Veil would run backward
and show obvious fear at even simple requests to lead forward.
12/25/11 update! Veil is now leading on a lead rope with little fuss in
most circumstances. She will lead on a lead rope into and out of the
pony barn where she gets her meals, not only going to pasture -- with
or without one of her friends as 'lead horse'; Veil will also lead to
Cheveyo's barn to the vet areas and indoor training space. She still
balks at times, and still requires an experienced handler on the ground
in case she gets frightened.
12/1/12 update: Veil is now easily managed on a lead in nearly all
circumstances, and nearly always leads with ease by halter alone.
- We have no credible information on whether or
what riding training Veil has. As we do with nearly all horses, we will
assume she has no knowledge whatsoever, and gradually work her through
our training program as if she's never been handled whatsoever.
this time, we cannot be sure what Veil's ideal career will be. Our vet
suspects that Veil was bred to be an arabian reiner, based upon her
structure and build. We were pleased to find her level headed even when
nervous, curious and inquisitive, wants desperately to trust you and to
earn your trust.
Until she is in steady work, we cannot guess at a fitting long term
career. Watching her play at pasture, she is quick footed and sure
footed, and may enjoy thinking tasks such as reining or cattle, gaming
or endurance. She also is quieter than we might have anticipated from
her initial state at arrival, so she may settle to be more of a trail
rider, western pleasure type of personality. Only time will tell.
Upon arrival, Veil was VERY nervous with our process. She was nervous
about coming into our barn, antsy when a stall door closed, and
panicked if her friends' door opened before hers.
In about 10 days, she settled comfortably into our
putting herself in a stall without needing help, eating calmly, waiting
easily to go out and usually walking like a lady to the pasture.
12/25/11: Now, she is
calm in the stall, and enjoys grooming and visiting with
guests. Already, Veil has settled down and is no longer stressed
Val and Ali. She frequently comes in to eat with or without them; goes
in and out
of the barn with or without them by her side, with little stress or
If either of them is yelling, she will still show concern and answer
eagerly. She generally shows less interest in Ali's behavior and
welfare than he shows for hers!
She would not be ready to go to a stall boarding home without some
additional adjustment time to get used to staying in a stall for hours
at a time.
12/1/12 update: Veil spent spring 2012 on foster with a CWER supporter
who simply wanted to enjoy some time with this gorgeous mare although
she knew she could not adopt her, and give Veil some additional
experiences. Veil was easily boarded and did VERY well in those
conditions, stalled nightly. She also learned to lunge with a caveson.
showed extreme fear regarding loading, but with her friends aboard, she
settled and loaded. She was nervous on the ride but not unsafe. She was
extremely nervous about unloading and boardlined panicked until Ali
unloaded as well.
Once Veil's other skills are settled, we will work through trailer
trainng as we do all our horses.
12/1/12: Veil now loads easily, is mildly nervous until the trailer is
moving, travels well but again mildly nervous, and prefers to reverse
inside the 3-horse slant rather than backing down.
/ Pasture Manners
|Veil arrived at CWER in 12/11 extremely nervous and
afraid. She allowed Val to make all the decisions and clung to Ali's
side at all times.
Initially, Veil was very submissive to the rest of our herd -- mostly
staying more than 100 yards away even at feeding times - but as her
friends are settling into
the routine, Veil is coming into her own, particularly going off to
play with the recovering starvation cases Magic & Twiggy.
12/25/11: Veil is no longer attached to Ali or Val. She and Ali have
settled into "the Arabian band", visiting and playing with Twiggy and
little Magic regularly within the herd.
for Routine and Medical Care
Veil is managable but unhappy and shows fear/nerves with needles.
We have not yet tried significant farrier care.
We were incredibly pleasantly surprised at how well Veil did for her
intake physical and particularly for the light chiropractic care she
received. she was clearly thankful at how gentle Dr Jennifer Miller was
with her, and at the relief from her chiropractic adjustments.
Veil's adoption fee is currently set at $600, with a $200 discount
to an adopter who contracts for her by 1/31/12. Veil is absolutely NOT
approved for any significant training work of any sort until Spring
2012, as she is being allowed to continue to grow and mature and heal,
mentally and physically. It seems likely she would not be ready for
significant pre-riding training until fall 2012.
A FOSTER THROUGH SPRING 2013 WOULD ALSO BE A NICE OPTION FOR VEIL.
As Veils training
time increases (and her time here), so too will both the costs we've
incurred and also her value -- and thus her adoption fees. We do offer
payment plans for the right adopter and also we are able to offer
transportation at a reasonable price for up to 5 hours travel one way
from CWER. visit our adoption QnA page for details on how to adopt.
Overview: Veil is as petite as Valiant is huge. She is a sweet,
gentle little arabian cross mare who wants desperately to have someone
to love and trust in her life.
We can't comment on
exactly what happened to Veil in her past; however, in fall 2011, we
were given the opportunity to accept
ownership back of Valiant, through a Kansas sherriff's office, along
with his 2 pasture companions - Veil and Ali. The owner
ownership to the sherriff, after the horses' had apparently been
the sherriff's possession for an extended period of time. All 3 horses
had clearly received quality care during that time
period, and all 3 were in good overall health upon our accepting
ownership and bringing them here to CWER. We cannot say a big enough
THANK YOU to the sherriff's office for their concern for these horses,
for reaching out to us about them, and giving us the chance to help
them find great futures.
Veil has settled
well at CWER, and is easing into our simple low stress ground
manners training steps.
December 2011: Veil arrived at CWER. Upon
arrival, she was nearly impossible to lead, and showed extreme fear of
strangers and nearly every situation. She was paralyzingly attached to
Ali and Val, her companions from her past owner to the Sheriff's board
situation to CWER. Quickly she realized that we would not put a lot of
pressure on her here, and she began to settle into our daily routines
which included attention, good grain, quality grass and hay, and signs
that here she could find people she could trust.
12/25/11: Veil is making exceptional progress. You can see the softness
in her in the Christmas photo taken today. She is still friends with
Ali, but is much more interested in the fillies that are her own age
and gender -- as should a young mare like Veil. She is hopefully still
going to gain a bit of height and definitely will broaden in chest and
Spring 2012: Veil spent 2 months in a Chicago boarding barn while one
of our supporters had her horse come stay with us for some training
time. Veil did GREAT in the boardin facility and was the darling of the
barn. The dressage trainer was in love and REALLY wished that Veil
Dec 31, 2012: GREAT NEWS! Veil & Twiggy are both going on foster
for the winter to a local arabian barn. She'll get more boarding barn
time, time with teenage girls and lots of loving and handling! Come
spring, the farm will decide if they wish to adopt her to stay or
possibly some of their students may decide to adopt these 2 girls. Time
Sponsorship: Veil needs a feed sponsor, $35/month.
She also needs a
medical sponsor. Her initial intake vet exam plus
chiropractic work is $125.
PLEASE CONSIDER DONATING
TOWARD THE PICK UP COSTS...We spent approximately $700 on fuel, hotel,
overall travel costs to drive to Kansas to recover these 3 horses in
If you feel the work we
do with horses like Veil is important, please
consider donating. Even a
one-time donation of $5 helps.