Mariah arrived safe and sound. This was a difficult situation for her owner Sherry. Sherry has a form of cancer and the resulting treatments have been quite costly. As a result, she was unable to continue to care for her 2 horses. The younger/more adoptable horse went to Falconridge Equine Rescue.
Sadly, at age 24, Mariah was less likely to be adoptable and Sherry was faced with trying to find a home for an elderly, herd bound mare (unlikely, as she tried for quite awhile) or euthanasia. Quite the heartbreaking decision for anyone to make, especially if you are ill! TIER offered to give Mariah a forever home if needed and possibly find someone interested in adopting this lovely, personable mare.
Mariah arrived and immediately went into heat!! She had been pastured with another mare for a number of years and having "boys&rdquo around set her system in motion. What a flirt! This went on for days.....I didn't think she'd ever settle down! HA! As a result, all the other girls at TIER went into season and things were spicey and vocal for a few days.
Mariah is low on the totem pole of horse hierarchy, and trying to mix and match partners was a bit of a challenge. We first put her out with Sugar Bear who promptly ran her off from each hay pile we had spread throughout the arena area. We then put them back in their pens, played a little musical corrals and placed Mariah between Sugar Bear and Tigger. Eventually we let Mariah out with Tigger and they got along fine. We then introduced Sugar Bear to the mix, moved them to the pasture area and it is working out well! Hopefully, the Ladies of TIER will continue to be comfortable together and we can group them in one of the large areas together permanently.