Registered La Reina de Buttermilk
Trocha Pura mare
Last foal was April 2018
Excellent bare feet
Easy to lead and load
Stands without tying
I took on Reina as a rescue. She was VERY skinny. Turns out she was also 9 months pregnant and had an injured hip. From knowing her when she was originally brought to GA, I was aware she had a history of founder (metabolic problems).... (read more) I was able to get weight on her and the baby was very healthy. In the videos the baby was just days old.
She lost weight again nursing the baby, as I knew she would. After the baby was weaned and moved, I was able to start my work. I have painstakingly brought this beauty back to health. She is on a strict diet (though not hard) and on a very hilly dry lot. She gets little to no grass, soaked beet pulp, Stabul 1 feed, Remission (supplement), kelp, and another supplement for her metabolic condition. I can give you what I have of these things and give you a list so you can order ahead.
I treat all lamanitic/founder horses as ‘metabolic’. She has suffered ZERO laminitis since coming into my care. She presents more as a Cushings horse, but not the ‘easy keeper’ type. If she is put on grass, she will shed wait extremely fast. She must be kept on a dirt lot. She tolerates all hay fine and some alfalfa. I had her on beet pulp with 1qt of Seminole Dynasport, and she had no regression.
I have done extensive body work on her to open and rehabilitate the hip and pelvis. As you can see from the videos, she needs to warm up and stretch out before everything is easy and smooth. She has no soreness after her rides and the hip is looking fantastic! She is safe to be ridden and needs regular light work to bring her strength to 100%. All of the work I have done is for LASTING health, not a quick turn-around. She can carry an adult rider and is quite enough for children. The previous owner’s children rode her quite a lot. She is very sweet and gentle.
With proper continued care, she would be safe to foal at least one more baby. When I took her on I was told she has some of the purest Trocha bloodlines in the United States. She has no Paso Fino blood, only Trocha pura.
In the video you will notice several things.
1. She is much looser at the end of the ride then the beginning. The looseness of the rear-end is much improved.
2. Around 4:16 when I ask her to gait, she bunny hops on the rear. She is NOT bucking, she is doing this because her hip is not yet strong enough to easily get into the gait. The hip gets locked and becomes more immobile and she hops to compensate. If you watch when I put her on the circle and change the pressure on her hips/pelvis/rear legs, the gait smooths out and her head comes up. Also, when she is on the big circle with her head tipped in, the rear end works better. When she is in more consistent work, this will continue to improve.
3. When we come out of the hopping gait, she is VERY calm. She isn’t trying to run away because she isn’t upset. This is a physical mechanical issue and has nothing to do with a bad attitude.
4. We spend some time in and out of the trocha. Allowing her to work and rest. Again, she is just getting back into physical work. I have spent extensive time getting her body correct and sound so she wouldn’t backslide when she was put back into work.
5. At 6:32 I let her go forward into the trot. The trot is a great working gait. It allows her to gain some speed and loosen up all those joints. I did not push her, she felt like she wanted to go so I let her set the pace. At some points she canters a bit, then drops back to the trot.
6. If you pay attention at 10:40, when she is with the baby, you can see how much worse her feet/body/joints/movements were. She was very swollen and sore, not only from the baby, but from the bad treatment. It was a very rough time for this beautiful girl.
The fact that she kept that baby well fed is such a testament to this amazing mare. She deserves the rest of her years to be loving and safe. She is gentle and easy, a good mama, and a grateful girl…she just asks you treat her and her body right.
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