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!
Hard-Working – Sweet – Confident
Meet Bay! Bay is a hard-working, been-there-done-that kind of guy. He is a Quarter Horse in his late twenties who is living out his retirement at Haven Acres after being an award-winning roping horse. He is our newest horse, donated in the spring of 2023 because of his age and some soreness in his foot (or feet?). Despite being the second oldest horse we have, Bay is very confident and won his way to the top of the herd as soon as he came.
Beau is lovingly sponsored by the Lubinski family!
Friendly – Mellow – Cuddly
Beau is a beautiful chestnut gelding in his early twenties. Beau is a big sweetheart who would much rather cuddle than work hard, which works great at Haven Acres. He also has allergies, which one fall (before we realized he had allergies) led to multiple ulcers from eye scratching and multiple vet appointments. Now he gets allergy medicine during the warm months and that works great!
Beau is lovingly sponsored by the Trombley family!
Ben is one of our newest herd members, he came in December with his brother Hank. He is a Quarter Horse in his early 20’s with only one eye! He injured his eye in a pasture accident, which means no one saw what happened, and it had to be removed. He also seems to have some arthritis which requires daily medication. Ben has faithfully served in a similar ministry called Restoration Ranch in Stacy, MN for the last fifteen years, bringing hope and love to hurting kids and adults there. His “dad,” the director of the ministry, needed to retire however, so Ben and Hank needed a new home. We are thankful to be gifted with this sweet, strong guy!
Ben is lovingly sponsored by Amanda Stamm and looking for another partial sponsor!
Bossy – Forward – Confident
Buttercup, aka “Barbie horse,” is a gorgeous palomino mare in her early twenties. 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 injury in her hoof. Despite her limitation, Buttercup still prefers to speed walk or go as fast as you’ll let her! She also had a respiratory infection multiple times which has left her lungs a big damaged and she requires medicine in the warm months to prevent her from coughing. Despite this challenge, 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 faster.
Buttercup is lovingly sponsored by Deborah Shanahan and looking for an additional partial sponsor!
Reliable – Willing – Confident
Meet our hunk of a guy, Cody! Cody is a Paint gelding in his early twenties 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 also has some arthritis just due to age which requires arthritis medicine each day in the summer and injections each spring to keep him comfortable.
Cody is lovingly sponsored by a family from Burnsville, MN!
Sweet – Eager to Please – Playful
Denver is a handsome, stocky Quarter Horse gelding born in 2013. He has a bay roan coloring and stands about 14.3 hands high. He is very well trained and eager to please and learn new things. Denver was given to the ranch by a Haven Acres donor in the winter of 2021 when we were in need of another reliable, well-trained horse. Since having him, we have learned that he can be spooky and needs some more training before he can be used with kids. But he is so sweet and we love having him!
Denver is lovingly sponsored by a family in Lakeville, MN!
Hank is one of our newest herd members, he came in December with his brother Ben. He is a beautiful buckskin Quarter Horse in his late teens. Hank has an equine disease called Cushing’s which is a very common disease in horses and is kept under control by daily medications. Hank was donated to Restoration Ranch in Stacy, MN as an untrained three-year-old where his “dad,” the director of the ministry, trained him. He faithfully served there for the last fifteen years, but his dad needed to retire, so Ben and Hank needed a new home. We are honored to have been chosen as that home!
Hank is lovingly sponsored by the Baxter family and is looking for an additional partial sponsor!
Energetic – Responsive – Goofy
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 being here! He is a tall chestnut gelding maybe in his early thirties, 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. Because of his age, his teeth can no longer chew grass or hay very well, and in order to keep enough weight on him he requires a lot of grain mash each day. He also needs some arthritis medicine in the summer and he seems to be losing some vision and has now been retired from sessions, but we are so grateful to be his retirement home!
Jed is proundly sponsored by Gulf Coast Flooring in Houston, TX, Larry Rother, and Linda Mullen!
Confident – Calm – Sassy
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 late 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, MN!
Friendly – Willing – Smart
Meet Jubilee! Jubilee was rescued January 2018 along with her sister 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 a mess, and their story is a wonderful picture of that. Since coming to Haven Acres Jubilee has learned to trust humans and actually be one of the most respectful, willing horses we have. She is now nine years old and she is a beautiful little mare who loves to run around and play!
Jubilee is lovingly sponsored by a family in Elko, MN!
Patient – Smart – Inquisitive
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 young little chestnut Arabian mare is a special part of our herd!
Liberty is lovingly sponsored by Red and Judy Peryea!
Trusting – Sweet – Patient
Lucy is a beautiful, little paint mare who came to Haven Acres in the fall of 2020. She has an eye problem called uveitis that has caused her to go mostly blind and needs to be constantly monitored and given daily medicine to help. She also must wear a special fly mask year round to keep sun out of her eyes, as the sun can trigger another episode of uveitis for her. Her loving owner donated her to Haven Acres after she had tried to keep it under control but was unable to with her boarding situation. Lucy is a sweet, gentle girl who is a star patient with her eye treatments and totally trusts people even though she cannot see very well. She has a lot of bravery and spunk when being ridden too and has been a really great horse for her kids!
Lucy is lovingly sponsored by a family in Shakopee, MN and is looking for an additional partial sponsor!
Confident – Slow – Gentle
Maximus is our first draft at Haven Acres and we are thrilled!! He is a big Percheron gelding in his early twenties. 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. After nearly a year of time-consuming care, his wound is completely healed! Max is a big horse but he’s also incredible gentle. The kids who get to work with him just fall in love with him!
Max is lovingly sponsored by a family in Apple Valley, MN!
Laid-back – Affectionate – Playful
Opie is a Thoroughbred/Quarter horse cross who 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 and he 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, MN!
Confident – Gentle – Calm
Ruby was the first horse donated to Haven Acres in April 2013. She is a beautiful bay Quarter Horse mare in her late teens who is the boss of her herd of mares. 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 also has arthritis and a problem called navicular now that she has gotten older so she requires expensive shoes and daily medicine. 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.
Sweet – Calm – Friendly
Teddy is a sweet Haflinger pony in his later years of life. His prior owners basically rescued him from slaughter, but after they got him he developed multiple health issues that prevented him from being ridden very much. So he was donated to us summer 2021. He is a very affectionate horse and always comes up to greet you and get loved on. He is also very laid back and calm, which is great for the kids! We are very thankful to have this beautiful, special pony!
Teddy is lovingly sponsored by the Stacey and Storm!
Patient – Kind – Sweet
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 Shakopee, MN and Farmington, MN!
Spunky – Sassy – Smart
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!