Kennedy Rose came to Finally Home at only four years old with a bit of a rough start. She developed club feet when she was younger, a condition that impacted the health of her feet as she grew - although she continued to be a rideable horse during her early years. She lived in Idaho and then Utah. Her most recent owners were moving to the east coast and could not take her with them. As the day of their move loomed, they were running out of options and were considering putting her down. When we learned about her, we collaborated with our vets who thought she had a chance for a good life, so we stepped in to help.
She is starting to get used to her new surroundings at the barn and we are working on managing and assessing her condition, seeking to improve it if possible. She is a sweet and easy going mare and we are starting to see a playful personality come through. In December she started with trust training and she is catching on with some groundwork.
As of February 2017, Kennedy has been making great strides in training and we've even started gentle riding. She's been great under saddle with no signs of lameness. She is settling in and seems to be having fun. She's very tall and is finally filling out. She's a great girl.
April 2017 update: Kennedy continues to build trust and her sweet personality is coming through. She continues to do well under saddle. We are working on her stamina and continuing training. She does have issues with her feet and she needs work on standing still with farriers. She is not a fan of having her feet worked on, so we will begin additional desensitization to help her with this.
July 2017 update: Kennedy has had a rough time with lameness in June/July which left her on stall rest for longer than she liked. With her club feet, her front feet are very sensitive when they get trimmed. She came to us barefoot, but once her feet have improved we will most likely need special shoes for her to continue training.
Dec 2017: We've been focused on improving her feet. She's back doing really well with groundwork and riding. She still has soreness issues with her feet, but we are hopeful she'll continue to improve.
Spring 2018: We're experimenting with Kennedy on pasture to give her some time to grow and fill in. She is doing well and is matched up with Gryphon. Although Gryphon is way taller, Kennedy is the big sister ruling the roost. It's great to see her making progress. We are hoping some rest will help her feet make progress as well.
Fall 2018: Kennedy needs her forever home! She's done very well out at pasture, has gotten along with her pasture mates Justice, and Jewel, and at her last farrier visit for a trim, did really well with her front feet,still required a bit more patience with her back ones. Kennedy is very calm & sweet, and although she hasn't been under saddle in a while, with the proper foot care & maintenance by someone experienced with club feet, she has good potential to be rideable again. Gallery: