Little Maree had big support in Legacy Stables first Horse of the Month contest. I’ve always really liked her. Maree tolerates my bumbling and fumbling better than any of Karin’s other horses. So patient. So sweet.
However, there is so much more to this 15 hand, Chestnut Quarter horse than her sweet disposition. And after Karin told me more about her, I can understand why she garnered so many votes.
Karin bought Maree from a boarder in the spring of 2011. She was 9 years old at the time. Prior to that, Karin used Maree for lessons in exchange for board.
“I knew what she could do before I bought her,” Karin explains. “Maree is the perfect lesson horse. Her trot is so smooth it’s like riding on the couch.”
I can personally attest to this. When you ride Maree at a slow jog the feeling is almost regal. All grace and no haste.
Maree is the most versatile horse at Legacy Stables. She does English, Western and she jumps. She’s rock solid on the trails.
And she’s fast. Originally trained as a barrel racer, these days she finds herself a favorite among the 4H’ers for speed classes.
Because of Maree’s smooth gait and gentle nature, she makes a great horse for less experienced or timid riders. Karin also uses her for people who have difficulty mounting. And she’s perfect for first-time bareback riders.
Karin especially likes using Maree for her therapeutic riding programs. Maree and Lillian have partnered up every week for over five years.
In her dealings with the other horses at Legacy, Sweet Little Maree is no pushover. In fact, Karin says she is the alpha mare in her group. And she isn’t afraid to tangle with the big horses when the opportunity arises. One time when Karin was leading another group through Maree’s pasture, the spunky Quarter horse found herself in a kicking match with Habakuk. Habakuk is a big, strong guy, but Maree showed no sign of backing down. Karin says they exchanged about ten kicks apiece before mutual exhaustion set in and ended the fight.
While Maree has proved herself to be one tough cookie, Karin has never seen her display any kind of aggression toward humans.
A Close Call
In July, Maree suffered a severe bout of colic. When the banamine didn’t work, the vet was called. He administered IV fluids and punctured the horse’s stomach to relieve the built up gas. But Maree still didn’t show any signs of improvement.
After several hours of struggling to treat Maree, the vet informed Karin that he done all he could and that by the next morning she would have one of two options. One, she could transport Maree to the Equine Hospital at Michigan State University in Lansing for surgery. This was a very expensive surgery and there was no guarantee of a successful recovery. He didn’t have to tell Karin what her second option would be.
Karin spent a long, sleepless night with Maree, dreading what she might have to do in the morning. At this point she figured that the little horse had about a ten percent chance of survival.
Morning came and Maree’s bowels started to move. Not much at first, but then, enough. She steadily improved during the day and by the next evening she was back to normal. One tough little cookie indeed.
I think Maree is the perfect choice for Legacy Stables Horse of the Month for September.