Rest In Peace, Jewel 2.
Jewel is a 15.1 hands high Thoroughbred mare born in 1997. She came to us as an owner surrender in April, 2012.
She is a sorrel mare with a star, offset stripe and snip. She is missing her right eye.
She came to us with a serious eye injury. We think it might be an injury from a T-Post or something like it.
Jewel went through a successful eye operation and she is now is much more comfortable.
Jewel is broke to ride for an experienced rider due to her racing background.
Registered as "Swinging Jewel" out of Swing's Diplomat by Speedy Nijinsky, Jewel has been exposed to barrels, poles, and is great on trails.
Despite losing her eye, she is still very athlethic. She is easy to worm and weigh, but does not like a lot of people around her when doing so. Keep an easy hand on her, pulling down on her nose will increase her anxiety.
Jewel stands for the farrier, loves to be brushed and stands ground tied well.
She is not pushy on the ground, she will not rush you to a stall or gate. She stands back from the crowd and prefers the low-key herd-mates.
She is a semi-easy keeper. She does get slim in the flanks at different times of the year, usually around seasonal changes. During those times, we increase her caloric intake with 6-8 pounds of grain per day added to her normal diet of hay. When she is performing on a regular basis, this caloric intake may also need to be increased. As with most Thoroughbreds, she will need to be watched closely with her weight as they can drop quickly with increases in activity and anxiety.
Due to her reduction in sight, there is always the chance she will crow hop with no warning. The rider must be ready if she spooks. If she trusts you, and knows her surroundings, this will decrease. She does quite well at fun shows and knows when she is in the arena.
Jewel cannot be tied. She does best if you saddle her in a stall or have someone hold her while she is being tacked up.
If tied, she will break the rope and then stand still. We recommend that she not be tied to a trailer and that two people work with her when saddling.
If big trucks or trailers go by her there is a chance she will go flying backwards on a lead so take caution when around heavy machinery or on a busy road.
She doesn't like to run full speed unless with another horse, and then she will want to race and she will win!
But she stands inside or outside the arena calmly, even when being saddled at a fun show.
She has been ridden in town, although ever alone, and has been in two parades. During a parade, she is harder to control and does not like to sit still, perhaps remembering her racing training.
We anticipate she would do quite well being ridden in town alone, as long as the rider remains calm.
Jewel has many fine qualities and we feel she will make someone an excellent horse of many disciplines with the properly experienced rider and further re-training.