Zoe’s owner was a former boarder at our facility – she had a sudden life change, that made it very difficult for her to continue to care for Zoe. So, Zoe joined the Finally Home family. She is a beautiful and spirited horse, who had trouble respecting her rider’s space and she has been prone to frustration, including bucking and kicking. She does not trust easily and is sensitive.
She continues in her training, with the goal to address these issues so that she can be safely adopted into a forever home. She is benefiting from having a consistent set of people working with her and she is becoming more friendly and outgoing.
She has had medical conditions that impact her behavior, including ulcers and problems with sensitivity in her back. With medical care and consistent interaction with dedicated volunteers, she made improvements in her attitude and training. In October 2016, we started being able to ride her again. Her groundwork had come along and her personality was much more respectful and willing.
April 2017 update: We have been experimenting with medications for her stomach issues to find something reliable for her. Zoe continues to work with our trainers and is making progress. She is also becoming more friendly while in her stall, hanging her head out of her door to greet visitors.
June 2017 update: What amazing progress Zoe is making! With a dedicated volunteer, Zoe made great strides with trust. She is calming down and is more at ease with groundwork. She knows a lot and seems so happy to have a job. We're working on building up her endurance and continuing her education.
Dec 2017: We are so proud of Zoe! She came to us well trained but with major mental issues... and we are happy that our patience is finally paying off with her! She still prefers to have one dedicated person, she does not trust easily. But with dedication and payoff, she is willing to share what she knows. She had been a certified Search and Rescue horse. We started riding her again in small doses. With a gentle, but confident leader her personality starts to shine. She is great at a number of groundwork exercises. She can play Stay like nobody's business. She'll stay parked all day! She can still be insecure and have regressions, but overall she is coming along. She would be an excellent project horse for someone willing to invest in her.
June 2018: Zoe's progress has been a bit up and down. She'll start doing really well and then will regress a bit. Now Zoe is working with professional trainer Elaine Ackerly of Hear the Herd and Zoe is finally making some progress with her mental insecurities and anger issues! Her physical problems seem to be clearing up and she is again becoming warm and friendly. She needs to be turned out regularly to avoid bottling up too much energy. She is happier turned out than locked in a stall. And she seems to prefer to have a deep relationship with one person. If her favorite person leaves, she becomes resentful and angry. Elaine's approach is building Zoe's confidence and breaking through her painful memories.
Because of her special needs and the training invested in her, one of the requirements for Zoe's adoption is a commitment to work with her at least once weekly under the supervision of Christine Kleinke for a set time before taking her home. Gallery: