Overall Health: B
Ruby arrived about 200 lbs underweight, having just had what was likely her first farrier care, vet care, vaccinations etc of her life while in the care of the ASPCA the month prior.
She has picked up weight nicely, and as of 5/8/16 is now starting to put down topline and rump muscling.
12/1/16: Ruby continues to gain weight nicely. In spring 2017 she will need a dental.
Ground Manners: C
Ruby arrived pushy, intimidated and intimidating. She was a challenge for the ASPCA rescue team to manage.
In just a few weeks, she has settled significantly and is rapidly learning manners. She is sweet and incredibly expressive, and will be a fabulous partner in the near future.
She can still be pushy, especially if worried, but is improving nicely. She isn't mean; her flight instinct has served her well during past abuse, and she is learning to make other choices.
Riding Skills: unknown
May 2016: Pre-riding work; Ruby is bridling, saddling, and ground driving (see her videos)!
12/1/16: Ruby had her first lunge line session, her first rider sitting on her saddled, and her first few steps with a rider -and did GREAT! She's making such nice progress.
Ideal Career 12/1/16:
Dr Miller approved Ruby for riding work! She sees her as very capable as lower level eventer, hunter/jumper, hunter under saddle or dressage -or any other career suited toa massive forward energy beauty like her!
Medical Care: B Ruby is timid and suspicious of vets, farriers, and esp strangers at this time.
Stall manners: B Ruby enters and exits her stall nicely, but can still be pushy at times, esp if her companion has already gone out.
Trailering: A We're told Ruby loaded and transported surprisingly nicely, perhaps realizing this was her chance for something new!
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