“I fell in love with a very stocky little gray mare on Facebook and knew she needed to be mine. I have always loved the concept of the Thoroughbred Makeover and very much wanted to participate. I first heard about the Makeover 5 years ago and knew it was something I wanted to do. At the time, I was studying and working full time and just didn’t have the time to dedicate to this type of project. Now that I have graduated, it is the perfect time for me to take on a new horse.
I have had the most fantastic experience so far and I am so excited for the journey ahead! My Makeover horse is very special. I did the very risky thing of buying a horse off the internet, with limited information but it worked out extremely well. I purchased Juniper from an accredited Thoroughbred aftercare facility in the United States in November 2022, known as North Country Thoroughbreds. Everything Heather told me has been true, this mare is an absolute gem!
I have done all the off-track rides and I am very proud of myself for that. We have been working closely with the vet and blacksmith to help her transition comfortably. Juniper has some lack of muscling on her croup that has been challenging; however, we are working very hard and definitely seeing positive results. Juniper's favorite treats are Stud Muffins (original flavor), as well as apples and carrots! It took her a good 3 weeks to understand how to eat a carrot, she is not a big fan of crunchy treats. I can’t wait to meet everyone at the Makeover!”