It all started with a Facebook post: 52 Thoroughbreds who needed immediate relocation. The story was spread far and wide and concluded with a happy ending as all horses were homed. But that success doesn’t stop the annual resurgence of the post across social media, much to the chagrin of the horse world.
Every year we pick back up where we left off, kindly explaining to the well-meaning pubic that these horses found homes, including one pregnant gray mare. Jockey Club registered as Gray Hot Momma (Magnificent One x Hot Plate), “Mayzie” found a soft landing with Joanne May. Joanne took the mare in and helped her deliver a healthy colt.
Once the colt was weaned, Joanne also helped Mayzie find a new career with Katherine Trimble at Trinity Farm, a non-profit therapeutic equestrian facility. Katherine visited Joanne’s barn in search of new horses for her program, but she couldn’t ignore the gray mare.
“We were going to see a couple horses at that barn that had potential and it just so happened that we fell in love with Mayzie,” she said. “She was very friendly and had great ground manners and was very inquisitive. We were drawn to her personality right away.”
Mayzie settled into home at the Streetsboro, Ohio farm where she was folded into therapeutic riding program and began her eventing education.
“We have an inclusion program where we teach riders with and without special needs. Some of our eventing students have special needs, some don’t, but the upper level riders all volunteer back in the therapeutic riding program. They either ride alongside riders with special needs in the special olympics or volunteer to help at horse show or as walkers or leaders, so the program is all intertwined,” Katherine explained.
Mayzie has taken to eventing like a fish to water, Katherine says. “Anything that we’ve ever shown her, she’s just taken in stride. It’s almost as if she’s made for it. The first time we introduced her to a water complex, she took to it naturally. She just wanted a little explanation, then she went right at it.”
While she mostly caters to the more advanced riders at Trinity Farm, including Madalyn Rusinoff, who currently leases her, Mayzie has a temperament that makes her a perfect candidate for many riders and handlers.
“She loves working with all the different students. She has phenomenal ground manners and is very attentive to whoever is leading her,” Katherine said. “So if we have a brand new volunteer who hasn’t learned to lead yet, she’s very patient with them and she’ll take her time and she’ll stay right along side them. If she’s with a student that maybe has some physical disabilities with walking or having trouble holding the lead rope she’s very patient with all of that. She really meets every person where they are with their skills.”
Katherine admits they don’t typically go for green Thoroughbreds as new members of their program, but Mayzie has been an outstanding exception.
“She has been quite a unique horse to add to the program. Anybody who sees her immediately falls in love with her.”
Go Mayzie. Go eventing.