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 her foster home/trainer has been working with her a lot. She is a sweet mare who tries very hard to please. Nova does have arthritis in her front hocks and has done well with hock injections. (She currently has front shoes and her trainer reports she seemed extremely comfortable on their last short ride now that she has shoes). Nova is looking for a home where she will be ridden lightly (perfect for short walks on the trail) or be a companion horse. She does need 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 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!