Mariah was an orphan brumby that was hand reared and was surprisingly ignorant of basic handling when she came to Jagumba as a yearling this summer. She has responded well to natural horsemanship ground training methods and has been very easy to handle. She will be ready to learn about saddles and riding next spring and should mature into a very nice little mare for trail riding, pony club, or just poking around the block. She is a lovely, quiet filly that is not easily upset by any of the silly things I do to test her “spook factor”.
Mariah has an umbilical hernia which seems to be fairly common in the brumbies. Her hernia is quite small and will not cause any problems for her. If you look closely at the photos you can see it. Typical of orphan foals, she has developed her own way of coping without her mum there to nurture her. She lays down and then sits up and makes suckling motions. As she matures it is likely that this behaviour will diminish, and especially when she has other jobs to do that will occupy her. She does not show any tendency to windsuck or chew any objects, so her habit appears to be fairly benign, more of a conversation piece.
With her calm, friendly nature, Mariah will make a nice safe horse for a novice to learn about training horses as she grows big enough to start riding and expanding her educational horizons. She could easily wear a saddle and carry a small adult around in the yards for those first few rides at this time (April) and then be ready for longer rides next spring.