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ELSA

Percheron

A Bit About Me 🐎

Birthday 🎂 

Estimated 2004

Gotcha Day 💕

January 17. 2022

Breed 🐴

Percheron

Personality ⭐️

Quiet Loyal Daughter

Gender

Mare

Height

17.1HH

 ★ My Favorites ★

Favorite Job 💪: Anything with Anna

Favorite Color 🌈: Aqua Blue

Favorite Treat 🍪: Horse Porridge

Favorite Quote 💬: "A little consideration, a little thought for others, makes all the difference."

About My Riders 🤠

Experience Level

Beginner 

Weight Limit

Carries Riders up to 280lbs

Special Care🩺:

PPID medication, PPID safe weight maintenance, hormone balancers

Care Sponsors ❤️‍🩹:

Jennifer, Camden and Dee ❤️  (one time donation)

Apples Given 🍎:

One apple!

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My story 💕

Elsa joined our family in early 2022 along with her mother, Anna, from Starry Skies sanctuary. They were quite shy at first since they were not used to being handled softly and petted. Anna and Elsa came from a life of hard labor in the fields. Their teeth had been significantly damaged as a result of excessive bit handling, and they were both extremely underweight with several ulcers. We worked very hard to help them in regaining their health and weight. Because of their damaged teeth, these two are unable to eat hay normally. It took us a year of a specialized soaked diet, exercise, and physical therapy to get them back up to weight. However, after the year, we noticed neither of them had rebuilt all of their muscles as they should have. Come to find out, Anna and Elsa both have PPID. PPID causes the pituitary gland to work overtime, which can lead to a variety of issues for horses, including:

  • Difficulty to shed a long, curly hair coat 

  • Loss of muscle mass, especially on the top of their backs and butt

  • Poor immune systems

  • Laminitis

  • Drinking and urinating more than normal

We're grateful that our horses' weight gain diet plans don't include a lot of sugar and starch, since typical weight gain diets would result in long-term damage for horses with PPID. Anna and Elsa are receiving treatment, and we are monitoring them closely to make sure their PPID stays under control. We are hopeful that their muscles and fur coats will improve by next spring!

Elsa may be the biggest horse on the ranch, but she prefers to stay quiet and close to her mom.  Elsa loves to go on trail rides with her mom, Anna.  When we let the two of them wonder outside the pasture in the summer, sometimes they will go down the trail together and then stand by the hitching posts when they're done.

 

Elsa is still quite shy and prefers calm and delicate petting. She is a joy to ride and she appreciates her gentle riders! Be sure to thank Elsa and pet her neck as you ride to help encourage her. 

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