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Name and location?
Jamie Reijnen, Numurkah, Victoria.
Horse’s name, age and breed?
Curly, (or her proper name, Jilliby Lucy) is an
8 year old Standardbred mare.
How did Curly come into your ownership?
Curly came into my ownership three and
a half years ago in a strange way. I was a
beginner and was just looking for a steady
quiet horse to ride. Mum and I went to look at
some horses, including a mare called Curly,
a skinny sickly looking horse with a coat that
would rival a mammoth. I hopped on her
and ‘tested’ her. She was extremely green,
wouldn’t trot, would only walk whilst trying to
pull the reins from my hands. I dismounted
and said that she wasn’t for me, so they tied
her inside a pen. Whilst we waited I put my
foot up on the bottom rung of the pen. Curly
was tied on the inside of the pen and ducked
her head through the rails, rested her chin on
my knee and closed her eyes whilst she did
an enormous sigh. It was as if she chose me
to be her owner, so despite her issues she
came home with us.
Describe her condition & temperament
when she arrived?
Curly was in awful condition when she first
arrived, she was very thin, the extent of her
condition was very hard to see as her coat
was several inches long and in small ringlets
over her body (hence the name Curly!) She
was scored at a 1.5 on the 1-5 body score
chart. She was a very frightened horse when
she came to us, she would tremble if you
moved quickly around her, was very head
shy, flinching at the slightest movement,
there, physically and mentally! She was also
diagnosed with severe stomach ulcers.
What did you do with her in the first week?
She was wormed and rugged (in a 5’9” rug
which was very baggy on her, in comparison
to now wearing a 6’3”). I spent a lot of time
brushing her, and I took her for walks.
In our first month together we continued
learn. She continued to be rugged, fed and
attended to. She slowly gained some weight
and her personality started to come through.
She became less frightened and I believe
I did a small amount of riding. We did a lot
of groundwork, and some Monty Roberts
horsemanship that was taught to me by some
amazing people. This work really cemented
our bond and set the foundations for us to
continue on a positive path.
Six month mark?
As time progressed so did her work, we
started to have some lessons and I started
to work her regularly, she was happier
and had stacked on the weight. The feed
that really helped put the weight on at the
beginning was Equijewel. She has been on
Hygain Ice, Hygain Release, Showtorque
and Prydes Easisport, with beet pulp and her
supplements depending on her workload with
a constant supply of hay. All of these feeds
have done wonders.
I worked with her under saddle in a round
yard for a while, as she was very, very green
under saddle, only considered ‘broken in’
as she tolerated you sitting up there, but
knew nothing about leg aids, moving of the
pressure or trotting/cantering under saddle.
I did a lot of basic stuff with her, just getting
her responsive and comfortable under saddle,
doing road rides and desensitizing her to lots
Twelve month mark?
The highlight would have to be our first
horse show, Curly’s first show and my first
ever show. We had an amazing day. I was
continuing with lessons and was working her
consistently 5 or 6 days a week. She learned
how to self-load on the float, which was a far
cry from what she was when she arrived, she
would do anything at all to avoid loading, she
went to being a horse who walks on calmly
and quietly and then backs off only when
asked. Unfortunately she was diagnosed with
Ross River virus, the equine hospital treated
her and she was very unwell for a while. I
spent dawn till dusk with her convincing her
to eat some carrots and trying to get her to
move around as she became depressed and
lethargic. She had two months off to recover
and she has made a full recovery, never
having a relapse.
What were the main obstacles you had to
Curly’s weight, she initially struggled to get
“It was as if she chose me to be her owner.”
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