Sadie has been bought from the track as a broodmare, but due to her already failing health from the stress of the track the baby took it's toll on her body. Linda then purchased Sadie from the previous owner when she was underweight and fed up with people.
After several years of TLC at Linda's beautiful farm, Sadie started to come around. Still the boss mare, she came to enjoy Linda's touch and the sound of her voice.
Last year, after seeing a huge improvement in the mare's health, Linda decided to see if we could give her a job. This meant putting her in training with me for several months through the summer. It was a test to see whether she would revert to her old ways, or whether she could enjoy being a riding horse. Linda worked hard keeping up with all that Sadie was learning, and learning herself some new training techniques to add to her toolbox. Sadie excelled with her training, and seemed to enjoy having something to do.
This year, Linda started working with the horse (as much as the rain would allow!) herself, with the occasional "check-up" session with me.
Check out this video of Linda and her first ride on Sadie that she was so kind to share with us on our Facebook group (until I can get it up on here...).
Don't have us on Facebook yet? "Lindsay Hayes Equestrian Coaching and Training" is the group name.