Phoebe is an Arabian mare who is estimated to be in her early 20s. Another extremely skinny auction save, she’s gained weight and is doing well on a full senior diet (6-9 qts of senior feed twice a day) and is offered full choice hay, though she can’t really eat it.

Phoebe is smart, energetic and was said to be a 4H horse in her previous life. She’s easy to handle though can play hard to get in pasture and can be easily intimidated by other horses around gates and other areas. This has led to her nickname of “Wrecking Ball” as she will bolt to get through the gate and to her stall, sometimes being oblivious to anyone or anything in her way. She’s working on that every day but is something to watch.

Phoebe has accepted a saddle but since she needed to gain weight we haven’t evaluated her under saddle. She does have various physical ailments that make her ready for retirement including vision loss in her left eye and a large tumor (likely a benign melanoma) at her throatlatch. She had a couple incidents of light choke when she first arrived because she was bolting her food, and that will be something to watch with her tumor, but it doesn’t really affect her much. Another rescue recently removed a similar tumor from a horse her age and that has inspired us to look into the option of removal, however his was affecting his ability to swallow and so far, Phoebe’s is not.

Phoebe could likely still do light riding and leadline, but we’d really love to see her retire. She’s earned it.

  • Height: 14.3
  • Registered: No
  • Age: 24
  • Date Foaled: 01/01/2000
  • Color: Gray
  • Gender: Mare
  • Is this a rescue?: No
  • Rescue's Name: Gentle Spirit Horses Rescue
29571 419th Ave,57059,South Dakota