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2002 American Warmblood Mare
Challah is a registered American Warmblood, but her parents were a Dutch Warmblood and a Saddlebred stud. Her grandsire was Dutch Warmblood Domino, a highly successful eventer and the first Dutch stud in America to be registered with the Dutch Registry.
Sandra Boe bought Challah in 2007 as a dressage mount. However, as time went on, it became clear Challah had a malformation of the jaw that created serious pain in her TMJ. She couldn’t bend properly at the poll--she couldn’t even properly chew her food. For several years she required semi-annual floating (filing) of her teeth so they did not shear-off on one side. She was more comfortable after that, but still displayed panicky behaviors while being ridden in a bit.
Out of frustration and a desire to resolve this problem, Sandra tried Challah in a western bosal. She has accepted a western saddle and thoroughly enjoys going on long trail rides, as long as she can go fast. Since then, Challah has happily moved ahead in her training. She has been shown in dressage competitions by trainer Kimmy Weise and has brought home 1st, 2nd, 4th, and 6th place ribbons.
Challah is not a schooling horse, as she requires a more experienced rider, but she shines in doing groundwork and connection work at liberty. She has shown a great deal of patience and tolerance for teens at risk and for adults in equine assisted psychotherapy work, even allowing some teens to hug her head and pet her muzzle--something she doesn’t usually permit.