Indy (Indiana) is a beautiful snowflake-appaloosa- coloured Brumby born in 2004. She is an excellent communicator with humans and a huge asset to our equine-assisted-learning programs. She’s strong and sensible and oh, so smart. She’s also a chatter-box, giving everyone a ‘good morning’ whinny, a ‘where’s lunch’ whinny, a ‘do you have treats in your pocket’ nicker and will have something to say pretty much every time you see her! Indy is loved and adored by all who know her – horses and humans.
Indy is crazy healthy and definitely what you could call an easy-keeper. She rarely needs anything other than an annual vet check and puts on weight easier than any other horse at the sanctuary (including the minis!). She needs no supplementary feeds at all to keep that svelte figure :-)
Life Before the Sanctuary
Indy was gifted to the sanctuary in early 2020 by the Blashki family who had owned her for three years prior. She has strong Brumby instincts and stands her ground. We honour that at the sanctuary and always seek her opinion and permission before doing any work with her – especially ridden work.
Sadly, this was not always the case in her earlier life – for the first 10 years of her life she’d had very firm handling with an owner that used punishment as a training tool. (Here at the sanctuary we use mostly positive-reinforcement training). Punishment is a term used in operant conditioning to refer to any change that occurs after a behavior that reduces the likelihood that that behavior will occur again in the future. It is, sadly, a widely accepted horse training method that, in our opinion, is animal abuse.