I know everyone has been wondering who this adorable pony is in all my photos, so it’s time I introduce Bella!
When we officially closed on the house, one of my first concerns was finding a companion for Estella. We all know how difficult mares can be making friends, and after the traumatic bite at my first barn down here, I was feeling extremely apprehensive about finding a match for Estella.
I posted a ISO ad for a companion mare on the local equestrian FB group and got an incredible number of responses. Primarily OTTB mares, but everything from QHs to arabs to morgans to warmbloods to ponies. My primary concerns were: not aggressive or dominant, overall good health, good feet, sound for trail walks, and a good owner who would be willing to take her back if it didn’t work out. I looked at 4 or 5 and had a few more lined up, but once I saw Bella I knew immediately that she was going to be the perfect match!
Bella is incredibly sweet, loves attention, wants to be groomed, is obsessed with food, is very well-behaved but has a few quirks. Sounds like another mare I know… ;). She was so loving and interested in attention I knew she would be a perfect fit for us. She hasn’t been started under saddle; after a few un-successful attempts her owner decided it just wasn’t for her, a decision I highly respect. So she has spent most of her life being the most adorable companion you could ever imagine.
Her owner rescued her, her mom and her sister about five years ago. Bella was approximately two at the time, making her around 7 now. She is said to be a Florida Cracker Horse (according to the breeder she was rescued from), but I agree with her owner that she looks quite a lot like a morgan, or maybe a small quarter horse? She is only about 13.3/14 hands, but very stocky and a really cute mover.
If you read my Home post, you know that her and Estella are a perfect match. It totally cracks me up how similar they are which has to be why they get along so well. She is a little bit more jumpy than Estella, but I think once they settle in more and with some time she will become more confident.
Since everyone keeps asking me if I plan to try to start her under saddle, the answer is: we’ll see. Her owner has been really wonderful in allowing me to treat her as my own, which means I will do regular “ground work” with her and see where that goes. I don’t have any set goals of what I would like to do with her, but I know that she has a lot to teach me so I will let her lead the way.
She really has been the most perfect fit for us, I feel incredibly blessed to find her and her wonderful owner!