Meet Our Herd!
God has gifted us with an amazing equine family to shoulder with us in the ministry at Haven Acres. Nearly all of our horses have been rescued or adopted, and because of their stories they are living parables–teaching everyone who steps foot on the property that even though we are all broken in some way, we can still love and be loved. All of us have had experiences in life that have left us broken, but God reached into our world to tell us that even while we are broken, He loves us so much that He died for us. These horses all have stories of their own brokenness, but because they have been rescued and loved in their brokenness, they in turn are able to love those who are broken. We truly have some amazing horses!
Beau is a beautiful chestnut gelding in his early twenties. He and Joe could almost be twins based on their coloring, but Beau has a thinner stripe on his face. Beau is a big sweetheart who would much rather cuddle than work hard, which works great at Haven Acres. While Beau doesn’t have any physical problems like many of our other horses, like many of us he has struggled with fear of the unknown. We have seen a lot of growth in him though when he is paired with a confident kid, as he is able to borrow their confidence and be a braver horse!
Beau is lovingly sponsored by the Trombley family!
Buttercup, aka “Barbie horse,” is a gorgeous palomino mare in her mid-teens. Her previous family was looking for a new home for her since their kids had grown up, but she needed a home where she would not have to work hard or compete because of a previous hoof injury. Despite her limitation, Buttercup still prefers to speed walk or go as fast as you’ll let her! She has developed a great relationship with a few of our more experienced riders who have been really enjoying her spunk and desire to go.
Buttercup is lovingly co-sponsored by Deborah Shanahan and another amazing lady that loves palominos!
Meet our hunk of a guy, Cody! Cody is a Paint gelding in his late teens who has come to us after being a grandkid trail horse most of his life. He is a big, strong boy who instantly became the boss of the herd. Cody can be a little stubborn and definitely teaches kids to be better rider, but he’s a level-headed, smart horse who wants to learn if you take the time to teach him.
Cody is lovingly sponsored by a family from Burnsville, MN!
Jac is a bay Quarter Horse gelding in his late-teens who was donated in the spring of 2017. He was donated because he has heaves (equine asthma) and cannot compete anymore. He is sweet, respectful, and calm; a horse we can trust with anyone. Through the years he has helped many kids gain confidence and feel loved. He has helped one girl in particular to face her fears of riding. On Jac she has gone from white-knuckled contact with the saddle horn to closing her eyes with her arms out while her mentor leads Jac around. Jac has been a precious blessing as the horse we can put even the most fearful people on and they feel safe–Haven Acres wouldn’t be the same without Jac!
Jac is lovingly sponsored by a family in Lakeville, MN!
Jed was rescued in the fall of 2016 from an auction, slaughter bound because he was too old to work the long days of a ranch horse anymore. Since coming to Haven Acres, he has gained back about 200 pounds and loves having a job! He is a tall chestnut gelding in his twenties, but you would never guess it based on his personality and energy. He is one of the happiest horses we have, he loves to work, and has a special talent of “mirroring” the people who are around him. Since Jed “mirrors” people’s emotions, they must learn the imperative skill of self-regulating their emotions in order to work with him. We’re so thankful to have this guy in our herd!
Jed is partially sponsored by Gulf Coast Flooring in Houston, TX!
Jetta has the honor of being the first horse at Haven Acres. She has seen other horses come and go while continuing to be a steady presence in the herd. Jetta is a tall Quarter Horse mare in her mid-teens with a rich dark brown coloring. Because she is so patient and quiet, Jetta is a great horse for participants who have a hard time riding independently due to their physical limitations. Through a relationship with this gentle horse, these kids have been able to gain confidence and a feeling of satisfaction that they cannot find anywhere else.
Jetta is lovingly sponsored by a family in Burnsville!
Joe was bred and trained as an amazing competitive cutting, roping, and reining horse but came to Haven Acres spring of 2017 because he developed navicular, a problem in his foot. Since coming to Haven Acres our amazing farrier has gotten him to where he is rideable for the kids! Joe is a handsome sorrel Quarter Horse gelding in his mid-teens who is very gentle and willing. Joe’s favorite thing is to get his chest scratched and he’ll reach way high up in the air to show you how much he loves it. God has been using Joe to show the kids that He loves broken horses and people. He values them just as they are and has a special plan for each one!
Journey is a sweet, older Appaloosa gelding. Journey had been rescued from a situation where he had lost so much weight that it was doubtful he would make it through the winter and Haven Acres was asked to take him in. Since coming to Haven Acres he has gained back his weight and he’s doing wonderful! We have also discovered that he seems to have some vision loss and can only see some of what’s going on around him, but he has been adjusting well with his new best friend Beau always with him and protecting him!
Journey is lovingly sponsored by a family in Atlanta, GA and Gayle Smith!
Meet Jubilee! Jubilee was rescued January 2018 along with Liberty from a humane case. They came from a property where they had never been touched, given any sort of vet or farrier care, or given good food or water. When they came they had lice, worms, and they were terrified of us. But God doesn’t love us because we’re lovable, He rescues us even when we’re still sinners. Since coming to Haven Acres Jubilee has learned to trust humans and actually be one of the most respectful, willing horses we have. She’s in training to become a good kids horse but has been used on the ground with one of our older, more experienced participants. She is a beautiful little mare who loves to run around and play in her new home!
Jubilee is lovingly sponsored by a family in Shakopee, MN!
Liberty came to Haven Acres at the same time as Jubilee and has a similar story. However, she was even more fearful, and we couldn’t even touch her for a whole week! All winter after rescuing her and Jubilee we worked with them on the ground to gain their trust and respect. At first we thought Liberty would be the harder of the two to train but she has just blown us away with her willingness to learn and how smart she is! She is still in training to become a steady, safe kids’ horse but we are so thrilled with her progress and heart. This little chestnut Arabian mare is a special part of our herd!
Liberty is lovingly sponsored by Red and Judy Peryea!
Maximus is our first draft at Haven Acres and we are thrilled!! He is a big Percheron gelding in his late teens. He was donated to us by Ironwood Springs Christian Ranch who used him as a trail and pulling horse. In fall 2018 he had a serious infection in his leg that ruptured and put him on stall rest for months. The following spring Ironwood Springs decided to donate him to us so we could continue to aid his healing. His wound from the infection is still in process, but it doesn’t bother Max at all and it’s healed amazingly well! Max is a big horse but he’s also incredible gentle. The kids who get to work with him just fall completely in love with him!
Max is lovingly sponsored by a family in Apple Valley, MN!
Opie was bred and trained to race. However, with his laid-back personality and a coffin bone injury, he was retired before he could run even one race. After passing through a few different hands, he came to us in the summer of 2017. Opie is one of our tallest horses at the young age of 7 and is donned with a unique brown coat that changes colors throughout the seasons. He is nicknamed “Opie Dopie” because of his relaxed attitude, fitting right in at the ranch. Opie has also turned out to be the “little brother” of the herd. He is constantly pushing the other horses’ buttons and getting in their space like a good little brother would do!
Opie is lovingly sponsored by a family in Farmington!
Ruby was the first horse donated to Haven Acres in April 2013. She is a beautiful bay Quarter Horse mare in her mid-teens. Ruby was trained to be a barrel racing horse, however, she has a hoof problem and running caused Ruby too much pain to be able to compete. She has found a loving home at Haven Acres and with the help of an amazing farrier she has even healed enough to run again! Ruby is a very gentle horse, and she can build the confidence of even the most nervous rider. One boy in particular has grown very attached to her, and even though he is in a volatile season of his life, he finds comfort in the fact that he always has a friend in Ruby.
This is Sundance! Sundance is a big, beautiful Quarter/Morgan cross in his early twenties. He was lovingly donated in the summer of 2018 by the same couple who donated Cowboy years ago, and now he gets to be at Haven Acres with his two full brothers, Ransom and Smokey! Sundance is very gentle, laid back, and he’s not afraid of anything. He loves all the attention he is getting from the kids out here, and everyone loves him back!
Sundance is proudly sponsored by Fine Finish Designs in Lakeville, MN!
Tess is a beautiful mare with a timid personality, making her easy to get along with but puts her at the bottom of the pecking order. She was born and raised at our vet’s family’s ranch, working cows and entering some competitions, but she developed early arthritis. Not healthy enough to keep up with the hard work, she was lovingly given to Haven Acres. Now, while other horses might’ve been at the end of the road, she is learning and enjoying her new job of easy-going sessions with loving kids. Also, fun fact, she is the sister of our horse Beau!
Tess is lovingly sponsored by Amanda Stamm!
Trixie was our first rescue horse. She is a little chestnut pony with a blonde mane and tail and she’s super sweet. Since she’s a pony she’s pretty small, which is perfect for some of the kids! Trixie came from the largest horse rescue in Minnesota, where the horses on the property were so starved that they had eaten each other’s manes and tails. In these conditions Trixie received a wound that resulted in blindness in her left eye. After rescuing her she was so terrified of people that it took her a long time to trust again. Now, a few years later, she is one of our most willing, patient, trusting horses, and has aided in the healing process of multiple children going through their own seasons of anxiety and fear.
Trixie is lovingly sponsored by families in Atlanta, GA and Farmington, MN!
Zacchaeus is our wee little mule! Zacchaeus came to us from Ironwood Springs Christian Ranch with Maximus in the spring of 2019. In the fall of 2018 he was three years old and had never been handled. By the time he was donated to us he had been somewhat halter broke but still very scared of people. Since coming he has already learned a lot and become much less fearful when we halter and lead him! He is a sweet, quick learner but he also has a mind of his own. We are so excited for him to keep progressing in his training so that he can be a friendly guy for all the kids that come out to enjoy!
Zacchaeus is lovingly sponsored by a family in Apple Valley, MN!