Eva has been living the country life for almost three weeks and words cannot express how impressed I am with this mare! She is such a high-quality horse and I truly feel fortunate to have her on the team.
Overall, she has been making the adjustment to her new non-racing life well and has quite a hearty appetite now, although still prefers to consume most of her calories at night, so she gets an extra flake of hay in the PM.
She has developed a taste for cookies and rivals the ponies in her "begging tactics" to secure herself a goody from everyone who passes by. Currently, she is perfecting her "cute" face which seems to do the trick because no one can resist!
I have started some lunging work with her rather than continuing with the ridden work since she seems a bit body sore and we're just taking our time anyway. By the second time on the lunge, she definitely had the aides down pat and is truly a pleasure to watch her strut her stuff. Boy can this girl MOVE! Our plan is to get some massage and chiropractic work done (she's a bit girthy and not the biggest fan of brushing yet!), and start bringing her along with the ponies on their trail rides! This will help develop those non-racing muscles and it'll be great for her mentally as well. She loves having a job and seems to be quite fond of all of the new activities!