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!
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!
Meet our hunk of a guy, Cody! Cody is a Paint gelding in his late teens who has come to us spring of 2019 after being a grandkid horse most of his life. He is a big, strong boy who instantly became the boss of the herd. We are working on getting him some good hoof care and he’s on arthritis medication because of some soreness in his hind but he’s looking good!
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!
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. This spring Ironwood Springs decided to donate him to us when we were searching for another horse to fill Cowboy’s place. Max is a great big horse with a great big heart who we are so excited to pair with some kids this summer. Don’t let his size fool you–he’s one of the most gentle horses you’ll ever meet!
This is Sundance! Sundance is a big, beautiful Quarter/Morgan cross in his early twenties who loves people. He was donated in the summer of 2018 by the same couple who donated Cowboy years ago, and now they get to be back in the same herd! Sundance is very gentle, laid back, and he’s not afraid of anything. He is loving all the attention he is getting from the kids out here, and everyone loves him back!
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 foot injury. However, 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.
Beau is a beautiful chestnut quarter horse 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 loves cuddles and attention. With his easy-going demeanor he is the perfect horse for volunteers and kids alike to learn and gain confidence on!
Jubilee & Liberty
Meet Jubilee and Liberty! These two sweet girls were rescued by Haven Acres January of 2018. Both of them are probably little chestnut Quarter Horse/Arabian crosses. They were three years old and never handled before we got them. They both had lice and worms and had never had any foot or vet care. Jubilee has a teeny white star on her forehead and Liberty has a white stripe down her face. They both have their strengths and weaknesses, neither of them being at exactly the same level in any of the activities we do for training. But they’re sure making big strides! They have gone from being terrified of even being touched to trusting us enough that they are now being ridden and trained in the saddle! Even a couple of our more advanced participants are carefully working with these girls. We’re so excited to keep seeing them grow!
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.
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.
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.
Jedediah (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 proudly sponsored by Gulf Coast Flooring!
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 to all of us at Haven Acres!
Joe came to Haven Acres spring of 2017 because of an injury called navicular in his front leg. Prior to his injury he was bred and trained as an amazing competitive cutting, roping, and reining horse. He is a handsome sorrel Quarter Horse gelding in his mid-teens who is very gentle and willing for the kids. Since coming to Haven Acres and thanks to our amazing farrier, he hasn’t had any health issues, praise God! 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!
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!
Cassia was purchased in the summer of 2017 and added to our horse family. She was referred to us by our farrier because she had problems with her feet and was walking around in great pain. Six different farriers had tried to fix the problem in her hooves but were unable to. However, our farrier believed he could help her. After treating her for hoof abscesses (infections), she has been completely healthy. She is a lovely bay Quarter Horse mare with a big blaze who loves kids and attention. She even gives hugs!