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Our Horses

Alli was born May 28,1994,and is an American Mustang mare captured as a 3 year old in 1997. She received a permanent injury on her right hind leg when she was chased through a barbed wire fence during her original capture by the BLM. She was used as a brood mare by several owners before she came to us in 2007. She is a beautiful golden buckskin color with a dorsal stripe on her back and other traditional dun markings on her legs and shoulders. She is now a gentle, courageous lead mare in our herd. She assists in our EGS work, trains volunteers and interns and is a favorite here on the farm.
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Belle, b. March 25, 2000, is a registered Quarter Horse mare we rescued from a boarding facility near Victor, Montana where she was abandoned by her owner. The boarding facility had stopped feeding her for several months as the owner wasn’t paying for her care and the facility was about to go bankrupt. When we picked her up, Belle was living on her own manure and algae in her water trough. She is a lovely dappled buckskin color and has a very sweet disposition. Belle was bred and raised to be a barrel racing horse, near Denver, Colorado. At age 2, she was herded into a stock trailer with several other 2yos and sent to the Denver Livestock Sale. There, she was put in a chute, haltered, vaccinated and sold to the person from Montana who eventually abandoned her. Five years later at age 7, when we brought her home, her original halter had grown onto her face, with some scarring still visible. She was skeletal in condition and untamed. Belle loves to have her belly scratched and moans in ecstasy at every feeding. She now assists in our EGS program.
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Blaxen, b. May 28, 1998, registered name, Finn Winn, is a black American Warmblood gelding. No longer able to stay on with his previous owner, Blaxen and his best buddy, Cimarron, joined our herd in 2009. Blaxen is a good-natured gentleman who has a few tricks up his sleeve which he shows off in exchange for carrots, apples or other treats and applause! He participates willingly in all of our programs. Blaxen’s previous owner made a generous donation of tack and equipment when she brought him to us.
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Cimarron, b. Spring 2006 is an American mustang captured as a 6 month old foal. He is a striking, golden buckskin color with all the traditional dun markings on shoulders, legs and back. He was adopted by Blaxen’s previous owner and then joined us in 2009 along with his best buddy. Cimarron participates in our EGS program, volunteer and intern training, our Community Service Program and in general, loves people. In captivity, Mustangs often suffer from laminitis, (permanent changes to the inner hoof structure), rendering them unable to be used for riding or packing. Unfortunately, Cimarron is a victim of his domestication and will only be used for non-riding activities…which he enjoys fully and with a great sense of humor!
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Fancy is a black thoroughbred mare, b. March 18, 1990, who raced for 3 years, played polo for a year and then went back to the racetrack. She is a strong, competitive mare who loves to run and easily competed against all challengers - we have videos of her winning handily in 3 different races. She had a slight, but permanent injury to her right front pastern and was up for sale or the canner. The trainer wanted to keep racing her until she broke down but her owner decided to sell her instead. She came to us in 1995. She is a highly sensitive mare and participates in our EGS non-riding program, teaching us in depth about personal space, the importance of breath, and the need for respect in relationship.
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Lightning is a handsome bright bay, warmblood gelding, b. 1999, with 4 white sox and a blaze. He is a product of an accidental backyard breeding. Though he is a huge and gentle guy, he has anxiety issues and participates minimally in non-riding herd-based and reflective exercises in our EGS Program.
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Promise is currently the smallest member of our herd. She was born approximately around 1998 +/- a year or two. She is pure white, pony mare. We’re actually not sure if she is a pony or a miniature horse. She weighs in at about 400-450 pounds. She participates in all of our non-riding programs. She was found running on the highway near Charlo, Montana and was captured and came to us in 2007. She is highly sensitive, sweet tempered and a bit shy at times but still participates in our EGS Program.
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Sparkling Waterfall, aka “Sparkle” to friends, is our magical palomino paint mare and definitely our ”spirit horse”. She was born in 2002 and was rescued from a neglectful situation. She was found living in a small, fenced-in backyard with a trampoline, abandoned furniture, household garbage, dozens of small dogs and her six-month old foal. She is a highly sensitive mare and has a gentle but timid temperament - probably due to physical abuse. She participates in most of our EGS non-riding programs and is becoming more calm and courageous as time goes along.
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Bright Angel, b. 2007, our resident burro, is a grey dun color as are his wild relatives. He is a gentle-natured guy with a definite “out loud” opinion about when feeding time should be. Brighty worked for a time at a therapeutic riding non-profit and then to a home where he was much loved by an extended family. He moved here to the sanctuary with his good buddy Magic in 2015. He is available to participate in our EGS Program.
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Magic is a black American Paint horse, b. May 14, 1995. He has had a simple and safe life but as his first owner moved from Montana to Florida to begin a new life, Magic also moved in with a new family whose circumstances took a sudden financial turn and were unable to support him due to unexpected medical expenses. He was loved and well cared for in each of his homes and shows it in his loving willingness to engage with humans. He currently participates in our non-riding EGS program and activities.
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Rocket, aka Roxy was born April 29, 1995 and is retired from the show reining world. She was then used for trail riding until an accident caused permanent injury to her hips and back. She is now part of our EGS herd where she participates willingly, with a calm and loving spirit. She came to us in the fall of 2014. Every day we see a little more of her playful personality and sense of humor as her face lights up at an open gate, carrots, apples or the possibility of a thorough grooming. She’s a beautiful mahogany bay with a white star and snip and white socks on her left front and hind legs.
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Comet, a paint cross b. 2001, arrived here in May 2015. He was a show and trail riding horse until a degenerative disease put him in retirement at an exceptionally early age. He was then used as a companion horse until his last caretaker moved away from her horse life and he needed a permanent home. He is a gentle and affectionate guy with a big personality. He is a handsome chestnut paint with striking markings which accentuate his flamboyant personality. He trots around, tail flagged over his back, ears perked with curiosity when there is something new to investigate. He’s eager to please, gentle and cooperative. He currently participates in the EGS work and is an inspiration to all who have contact with him.
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Hope is a beautiful red roan mare born about 1996 that arrived here after being abandoned by her owner. She was left behind with a loving man who did his best to care for her and her pasture mate – he believed she was a show horse at one time and knew she had been “trained with a 2x4” and other corporal punishment techniques. She is a bit defensive at times but comes around easily to gentle grooming, treats and kind handling. She has fully regained her physical well-being and loves to eat. We hope she will eventually participate in our EGS programs. Everyday she becomes more settled and predictable.
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Kramer is a blue-eyed sorrel paint gelding born around1999. He is one of our favorite success stories due to the desperate condition he was in when we picked him up – literally a skeleton with a hide. It took 3 months to bring him back to life and in August of 2016, he is still recovering. He has lots of character – loves his grain and treats, very sweet personality and gentle demeanor. He is emotionally attached to Hope and suffers when separated from her. Our goal is for him to become calm and relaxed enough to be on his own with a human companion or other horses eventually.
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Peaches is a lovely chestnut quarter horse mare, born about 2005. She is a miniature version of an adult horse as she looks more like a yearling than her true age – lucky girl… She was purchased and shipped to Montana to be part of an outfitting string but has laminitis and can no longer handle anything but very light riding with very light riders. She was then abandoned to the sanctuary to live out her life as she was not able to be used by the outfitter as a commodity for his business. She participates willingly in all our EGS programs.
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Shari’s personal horses also participate in our EGS programs – you can meet them below:

Brisa (Portuguese for the Breeze) is a beautiful dark brown Lusitano mare with a white marking on one foot and a small star on her forehead. She is an independent and thoughtful horse – she loves to be groomed and is a veteran and favorite in our EGS programs and loves her work there!

Cinatra is a Cremello Lusitano gelding with bright blue eyes. He is a handsome and gentle soul who has yet to begin his EGS work due to his recent arrival here on the farm. We look forward to his full participation soon.

Fiel (Portuguese for loyal friend, guide, guardian, caretaker and loving companion) is a Silver Buckskin mare, an American mustang/Lusitano cross with high spirited tendencies has limited participation in our EGS programs though she is an inspiration to all who see her – she is a beauty!

Valrhona is a black Lusitano mare, another veteran and favorite of many of our clients. She offers amazing interactions and lessons with loving support for the clients she guides.

Nutmeg, a lovely Buckskin draft cross mare who lives here on the farm also participates in our programs and belongs to one of our instructors.