THE WHOLE HORSE PLACE
A WHOLE HORSE EXPERIENCE FOCUSED ON SAFETY
Sugar is visiting for the summer, to help us out. She is about 20 years old, and stands about 12 hands high. She's a POA (Pony of America). She is blind in one eye and just loves attention. She loves neck scratchies and snacks. She lives up to her name and is a real sweetie.
Darlynn is 31 years old and is a Foundation Stock Quarter Horse. She is a red dun, weighs 950 lbs., and is as patient a horse as you can hope to find. If you tell her to do something incorrectly she will figure out what you want and respond correctly. She adapts to her person, and is particularly good with little folks. She is slightly allergic to adults, figuring they are big enough to have figured out all this riding stuff by now. Darlynn also loves treats, attention and smoochies. She will nicker under her breath, just for you, if she thinks she can get extra treats by not alerting the other horses that you are handing them out.
"Every old horse deserves to be loved by a young girl once."
In loving memory to old horses who gave their heart and souls and loved until their last breath.
Cheyenne. Comet. Shasta. Mr. Mick. Tusheda.
Comet and Anna
Mr. Mick, 38 years old
Cheyenne was laid to rest in February, 2017. Her buddy, Cracker Jack, refused to leave her side, and she left this world peacefully. We will all miss her.
Chey is a 31 year old Palomino Quarter Horse who is the sweetest, most mellow, easy going, compliant love of a horse you will ever find. She is stocky (chubby), short, and the best babysitter you will ever find. She also loves attention, and nickers a welcome when cars drive in the driveway. She is an apple snob, too, preferring Fuji or Gala the best. She is a candidate for "Oat Watchers: since she is a bit tubby.
Comet and Anna
Rocket is a Roan Palomino Pinto Welsh pony, about 20 years old. Anika, a member of our 4-H club, owned him prior to us, and used him for 4H, but when she outgrew him, she allowed him to come here to us, because she knew us and knew he would get attention and love, which he gets in huge amounts. He prefers arena work over trails, and is a good pony to learn skills on as he obeys very well.
Cracker Jack is a pony or a miniature horse/pony combination, we're not sure exactly. We found him living in a chicken coop in Seattle, with a well meaning family who had purchased him for a cowboy themed birthday party for their kids, with the intention of selling him the next day. He was in pretty poor shape, although to be fair to the family who had him, he did not get that way in the short amount of time he was there. It took months to get him healthy again, and two visits to a dental specialist. He had a shattered jaw which healed improperly, and numerous teeth that had broken into sharp, cutting picks, which cut his mouth every bite he took. We thought Cracker was about 30 + years old, based on his teeth, but it turns out that when his jaw was shattered, the teeth grew in to fill the gaps, all raggedy and jagged, and he is less than 20 years old. Cracker Jack is such a pleasant, happy boy, and a favorite. He loves to snuggle into you, and loves attention. He makes a wonderful dragon at our pony parties, and loves his job making children happy. He is so willing, cheerful and happy, and we are so grateful for him. He's just a wonderful boy.
Scooter is a 15 year old Shetland pony. He loves children, has spunk to spare and a super sized personality. He loves to play, and can escape from any knot you can tie. He can undo a halter buckle, and his friend's halter buckles too, and the stall latches, and has been known to take field trips to greener yards than ours. Scooter had been left in a 30 acre pasture for six months while his owners left the area, thinking he would be fine with all that grass until their return. (They did not return due to unforeseen events.) Ponies do not do well on unlimited lush grass, and Scooter was over 500 lbs., and on the verge of foundering (a life threatening issue) when a good Samaritan contacted the owners, and with their permission, took him in, got some weight off him, and sold him to us. He's doing pretty well, although he will tell you he isn't on a diet. (He is. Don't listen to him.)
Cookie, aka, "Cookie Monster" is a rescue horse. She was a working horse on a ranch in the winter months, and leased out for trail riding on the beach when not in use. Her mistake in life was growing old, slowing down, and not keeping up. Her former owner decided to send her to slaughter, but before he did, he worked her over with a branding iron. The neighbor heard Cookie screaming and intervened. The owner released Cookie to the neighbor who in turned called us. Cookie still doesn't like to be touched or petted, but she does like horse treats of any kinds and will whinny loudly if she sees you bringing up a bag of carrots to the barn. Miss Cookie Monster is pretty good and understanding adults and children who have been hurt, and she makes you feel like everything will end up ok. Cookie is mid 20's, and although she has some wear and tear, she is doing fine. She is perfectly happy strolling slowly along the trail, enjoying the moment. She isn't in much of a hurry and that's ok.
The Whole Horse Place is a unique horse experience for the average person with little or no horse exposure. We offer many affordable program options for individuals or groups. Our approach to teaching horsemanship begins and ends with safety first. Teaching you to be in control of your horse at all times is our primary concern, and from that foundation all other aspects of horsemanship will be successful.
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Haddasha (named after "Queen Esther") was given to us by Dana, to use as long as we need and want her, when our beloved Cheyenne passed away. She is an Arab, and as gentle and willing as can be. She likes being in the middle of everything, and loves the attention. She is 21 years old. We love her, and look forward to her being here for many, many years.