Ilsa (along with her companion Sparky) arrived at the rescue as surprises in December 2019! Our rescue coordinator was expecting 2 horses we agreed to take in but when the trailer arrived, two mini mules were also in it.
Ilsa has grossly overgrown hooves and needs dental care. We understand that she had been sick with respiratory illness about 1-2 months ago (she was in with other horses exposed to illness). She appears to have little to no handling but should come along with training after settling in and weather permitting.
Update: Ilsa has slowly come around to some basic handling and has a friendly, curious nature. She accepted wearing a halter but didn’t seem to know anything about how to be led. She’s had initial farrier care to start bringing her overly long hooves back to normal. After more handling, she will have additional evaluation for any potential health issues which are not obvious, and also to include dental care, vaccines and springtime worming.
Update (May 2021): Ilsa finished her rehabilitation and during 2020 moved into many months of training assessment phase where basic handling skills were taught at her own pace for learning. Whatever was done to Ilsa before coming to the rescue was not only wrong but likely to have been abusive. She could not overcome her mistrust or avoidance behaviors. Although she was placed in an adoptive home when it seemed she had a solid breakthrough in training, the change made her regress and she had been returned. Ilsa will remain with the rescue with other retired equines.
More About Ilsa
- Success Story
- Mini Mule