Would you or your organization like to sponsor one of us? Let us know the name of your chosen pony or horse when you donate (write it on your check, or if using PayPal, send us an e-mail at the same time) and you will receive an 8x10 thank-you photo, a thank-you note, and a Christmas letter from him or her; and an open-house invitation so you can come meet the beneficiary of your generosity! Here we are:
Sarah Beth, 24, dun Quarter Pony mare, was headed for slaughter when we bought her. She's the boss mare of the horse herd. Her navicular has gotten better thanks to good trimming and no work. Her personality has earned her a lot of loneliness. She always tries to monopolize the new horse (she would have made a great cutter) til he or she slips away. For a couple of years, she had Jacob for her own but mistreated him, and he now prefers the company of Ginny.
Ginny, 30, chestnut Arabian mare, was given away when her owner passed on. She's our Barbie horse and the watchdog of the group. Her spookiness level has mellowed from hysterical to snorty. She is now Jacob's companion of choice, much to Sarah Beth's enduring bitterness.
Zoe (left, with daughter Zinah on the right), 16, black & white Tobiano modern Shetland pony mare, was pregnant when she came to us. She turned out to be a bad teen mother. She's nervous and easily stressed, but basically a nice girl. She gets stomach ulcers once in a while, which are treated with a course of medication and spending time with Zinah only--less stress.
Zinah, 12, black & white Tobiano modern Shetland pony mare. Her mother, Zoe, should never have been bred, and was such a bad mother that we had to separate them and bottle-raise her. Luckily, two other ponies adopted her, so she learned how to be a pony. Unfortunately, we were still renting pasture at that time, and kids from a next-door trailer park were trespassingwhen we weren't there, and in "playing" with her, turned her from a very good little girl into a brat. We're still working on that.
Rita, 18, frosty blue POA mare. Built like a little Quarter Horse. Bold and fearless, the boss mare of the pony herd. She had crapped out as a riding pony for a youth program, and was living alone among a bunch of farm equipment.
Thomas, 15, mealy-brown outgrown Miniature gelding. His owners had to give him up for reasons beyond their control. We call him Little Einstein. Diabolically clever, he used to throw himself to the ground when a trainer was attempting to teach him to pull a cart. We had him gelded, but he still doesn't realize it. He kisses up to the boss (Rita) in order to be first with her in the chow line.
Paul, 15, bright bay pony gelding. He was outcast and probably headed to slaughter. Whoever had him had treated him roughly. We gelded him and treated him right. He's a nice boy but still fearful.
Jacob, 29, sorrel frosted Appaloosa gelding--a proudcut gelding. Thinks he's the herd stallion, and did it all except make babies--until his age caught up with him. Still protects his two women from little Thomas over the fence. He's a nice guy to be around. Loves to have his ears scratched. Jacob has just been stepped up to our senior-feeding program.
Rachel, 21, bay Tobiano pony mare, was rescued from severe neglect by neighbors, but was in constant danger of foundering as a result of cleaning up after their horses' dinners. Isolating her from them depressed her, so she came to join our pony herd and eat like a little lady. She's very distrustful of people. Her arrival caused much drama in the pony herd. The boys constantly vied for her favors, which caused the other girls to hate her guts. However, after some time, she learned it was wise to get in good with Rita.
Joe, 28, black Arabian gelding, was in a good place--his only complaint would have been that his two companion mares had already passed away. He needed a new home because his owners were having to move into town. He belongs to a little herd again, which is more fun. Joe has just been graduated to our senior-feeding program.
Bonny, 23, dark chestnut breeding-stock Paint, is a new girl in town. She's had navicular problems for years, and needed a new pasture to be put out to. We're going to be trying aluminum shoes with a graduated heel to bring her feet to a more comfortable angle. Bonny is a good solid citizen, and one of those horses that others just gravitate to.
Lena, 27, sorrel Quarter Horse, has also been newly admitted to the herd. She had a late career as a broodmare, and doesn't walk sound. This is the result of a boxcar body on dainty legs and feet. (One of her progenitors, Tonto Bars Hank, was a racing Quarter Horse, and was nicknamed "The Flying Boxcar.") Lena's a good girl but somewhat snorty for her age.
Juno, 13, bay half-Thoroughbred pony, arrived Mar. 12, 2011 from Last Hope Cat Kingdom in Atwater. They had rescued her from abusive dog hoarders. She was very nervous and fearful as she adjusted to her new surroundings. After a few weeks trying to be the new queen bee, Juno has now had to settle for middling status within her herd of seven.