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GSH0205 Nelly

GSH0205 Nelly
Fee: NA
Location: GSH Main - Sioux Falls, SD
Breed: Arabian
DOB: 1989
Sex: Mare
Height: 14.2-14.3 hh
Training Level:
Broke to Ride
Companion/Light Riding, Retirement


Nelly is an Arabian or Arabian cross mare, whose previous owner just couldn't get to gain weight. She is reported to be 20-25 and our vet has verified that's likely accurate. Her body condition score on intake was 1 on the Henneke scale, however she's very strong and spunky and lively. SUPER SWEET GIRL, said to be broke to ride, easy to be around and loaded onto the trailer without a problem.

Nelly will be in rehab until she's at a healthy weight and can be evaluated for adoption.

UPDATE 1/15/2016:  Nelly continues to gain weight and is doing well on a senior feed diet.  She does struggle with ongoing choke problems and recently went through an anorexic period where she refused to eat anything but sweet feed.  Due to her ongoing health issues, high maintenance feeding program, and her advanced age Nelly has been granted Sanctuary with GSH and will live her remaining years under our care.