No It Isn’t is a lovely, petite chestnut mare originally adopted through ATR as a 3-year-old to a polo home. Despite professional polo training going well, she ended up being a bit too much horse for her original adopter and we allowed her to return home to ATR to find a better fit. After riding her around on our farm, off the farm, and on trails, we felt we’d gotten a pretty good handle on her personality and desire to work, and had a repeat adopter who we thought she’d get along well with.
Kaitlyn did indeed adopt No It Isn’t, now called “Tillie,” and the two are working their way up the levels in eventing. Proving that new horse ownership is not always sunshine and rainbows, Tillie was a challenge that Kaitlyn met head on, and the two of them have turned into an amazing team! Check out a recent update from Kaitlyn below:
“I got Tillie from ATR as a four-year-old. I was so incredibly frustrated with horse shopping that I asked Bonnie to just send me whatever she had that was sound and passed a vetting. Little did I know, this mare would be very creative at finding ways to hurt herself. Despite this, her personality made me stick it out. By the time she turned 6, we had finally gotten most of the injuries under control. I then got to get her into work and discovered just how high energy she is.
Tillie craves a challenge! When she is “on” she will go above and beyond for me. Her work ethic is the best I have come across and she is so game out cross country that she’s truly a machine. Her drive and talent have allowed us to start the season at beginner novice and finish at training level. She continues to surprise me and has surpassed my expectations. I am really excited to see where she takes me.”
A few months after this update was received, Tillie has been entered in her first preliminary horse trial and we just know she’s going to rock it! Kaitlyn is a great example of what an ideal adopter looks like. She’s dedicated, willing and capable of working through a horse’s green moments, and sees things through, even when there are bumps along the road. Tillie, in her own right, is a great representative of her breed. She has unbelievable stamina, athleticism, and will work her heart out for her rider. She just had to find the right one.