Starlight was surrendered to Bluebonnet when her owner had difficulty recovering from Hurricane Harvey. She does have a bump on her left leg, but her veterinarian examined it and said it was not a problem/not a lameness concern. She also has thin soles, thinner on the left hoof. Her veterinarian said that she would be OK for riding on soft footing, but for hard surfaces or intense training, she would require a wide-web shoe with pads and possibly Bute on occasion. She has never been lame in pasture while with Bluebonnet.
Starlight is a big, pretty, flea-bit gray mare She arrived in good body condition, but her hooves were terrible. Built like a brick house, this mare is big boned, with a deep heart girth, well-defined withers, and a butt that would put Kim Kardashian to shame. Steady in temperament, she gets along with geldings and other mares of all age groups. Starlight was reported to be skittish and hard to catch, but she came around with consistent handling. She is now easy to halter and lead, plus she has been tied with herd mates. The mare’s ground manners are good, and she respects a handler’s personal space.
Trainer Aaron England evaluated her in May 2018. It does not appear she is broke to ride or was started poorly and will need to be restarted. At the evaluation, if Aaron put a lot of pressure on her, she would rear out of nervousness/fear.
About a month and a half later, Starlight went to a trainer to be started for the Bluebonnet Rescue Horse Training Challenge. Her trainer, Tori Verboom, has been putting a lot of time in with ground work to build Starlight’s confidence and to help them build a relationship. She’s started riding her but will be taking things slow to help Starlight adjust. Starlight probably won’t ever be a beginner’s horse, but with Tori’s help she’ll grow to be a solid riding horse and partner for a lucky adopter.
Adoption Fee – $1,500