Update 07/2018: Nova is having some ongoing issues with abscessing in one of her front hooves so she is back in our rehab progrma for now.
Nova is a grade gaited mare who came to MHARF from a 2015 Hubbard County humane case. She is black rabicano (limited white roaning) and very pretty. She stands 14.3hh and was foaled around 2004. Nova is broke to ride and has been in training during the summer and fall of 2017 and is doing very well. Her trainer says she is a sweet mare who tries very hard to please and is really smooth and quick. Nova needs to be ridden in a bosal or some other type of bitless bridle. She has obviously been ridden in the past by someone with very rough hands. She has scarring on her lips and her poll and is reactive to touch on her mouth and face. We have determined this is not an ongoing pain issue but a response to previous poor handling. Nova requires a confident rider who will help her build up her own confidence (she is very willing to please and seems to worry about doing things wrong–most likely due to unkind past handling). Nova loads well and has really good ground manners. Her trainer has been diligently working with her on picking up her feet and she is doing great with that as well. It does appear that she was a victim of past soring. Nova has her own Facebook page and you can view it HERE!