Gryphon joined us in the summer of 2016 as a yearling. When she was born, her mother was hit by lightning and killed – so, she spent her first year as an orphan. When she arrived at Finally Home, she was terribly afraid of everyone, and not halter broke. She had to be rounded into and out of the trailer, we couldn't even get close enough to put a halter or lead around her. For her first few weeks, she wouldn't allow us to touch her and we had to set up boundaries and herd her from her stall into the arena for exercise.
After just a few weeks though, the change was significant - she loves everyone... especially anyone who is willing to give her a good scratch! She makes the best faces when you find a good spot. She is now halter broke, and walks nicely from her stall to her turnout. She is sweet and social ... and visitors to the barn fall instantly in love with her as she hangs her huge head out of her stall door for some kisses. She nickers softly to say hi as people walk by.
Our hope is that she will be able to ease the pain of Hattie’s passing for Pearl, when the time comes. In addition to needing training, Gryphon has some health issues. With good feed and care, her coat is finally improving and she is less itchy, but still always happy with grooming and someone who will scratch her. Her biggest issue, though is that she has OCD lesions on her hocks and stifles (similar to cartilage tears in humans) and needs to have surgery to repair them.
In September 2016, Gryphon started responding to some basic groundwork and has started sending. She is learning to back up and be more respectful of space. Her joints still cause her a great deal of discomfort and we're hoping she'll be healthy enough to have the needed surgery soon.
March 2017 update: We were ready for surgery when the vets let us know that surgery was not an option because they diagnosed her as significantly neurologic on the front end. The recommendation was to consider putting her down. We cancelled the surgery and have instead worked on getting her healthy and letting her grow a bit, hoping she can grow out of some of her issues. We are giving her supplements and continue to work on her manners and easy groundwork. Her medical care is expensive, so please consider donating something to help this sweet baby out.
April 2017 update: Gryphon has started being turned out with Pearl and they are great friends already! When they get turned out on a big grassy pasture, they run and play. You'd never know Gryphon had so many issues. She is a happy girl and doesn't seem to know she has issues either.
June 2017 update: She has been making great progress with her groundwork and manners. She walks calmly and is learning sending. She's starting to give us her feet and we continue to teach her new things each week. We have high hopes that she'll at least recover enough to be a great pasture pet and companion for Pearl.
Dec 2017: We have focused on Gryphon's health. She is finally filling out and looking like a grown horse! She still has some issues with her joints, but we are working on her endurance and strength. She is learning groundwork and her manners are really coming along! She and Pearl are great friends, and Pearl has introduced her to their swimming pool. They spend time digging it deeper and rolling in the mud. They love it!
June 2018. Gryphon has grown so much! She is almost 18 hands and seems to still be growing. She is looking like a beautiful horse now instead of a gangly filly. We have put her out to pasture with Kennedy Rose and they love it! They love being horses! Even without extra training, both are now so calm, respectful. Gryphon seems to finally have grown into her joints as well. She now moves freely and no more popping noises in her joints. She's beautiful to watch cantering at liberty. She still requires more training, but she is a big puppy dog. Vets had originally diagnosed her as neurologic, but she is not currently exhibiting signs of it impacting her day-to-day life. Perhaps with the right training she could be ridable or could pull. Her future seems bright at this point. Gallery: