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Meet the Herd

Liberty

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Beautiful Liberty (born 2012) is a black and white paint quarter horse mare. She kicked her way out of a barn fire but sadly her foal didn’t make it out in time. She then spent 11 months surviving with a burnt back that refused to heal. Her owner was not able to afford veterinary care but managed to keep her alive through a scorching hot summer and one of the worst winters we’ve had in a long time. We found out about Liberty through a friend of ours and her owner happily gave her to us in February 2014. We took her to Purdue where they did skin graft surgery to repair her damaged back. Today she is healed! She has no hair on the majority of her back so we have to keep a blanket on her most of the time to protect her from the sun. She is one of the sweetest horses we’ve ever met! Despite everything that happened to her she has such a fun playful attitude and loves people! Such a blessing to have her here to share her story!

Merlyn

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Merlyn (born in 1991) is an adorable little halflinger pony gelding who came to us in the summer of 2015. He’s been there, done that, and is a great addition to our session program. He really looks for safety and wants to know he’s okay and can rely on you as his leader. He challenges you a bit more than some of our other horses by making you work harder to gain his trust.

Midnight

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Midnight (born April 1990) is a half Missouri Fox-trotter, half Tennessee Walker. He is a gentle giant and beautifully jet black besides his two white socks. He came to us along with Napoleon from a wonderful older man who needed to find a new home for them due to his poor health. Midnight has been a wonderful part of our youth program! Midnight’s age has caught up with him and he is now retired.

 

Napoleon

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Napoleon (born August 2004) is an adorable hackney pony. He is full of energy and quite the little commander, which is why he was renamed Napoleon! He is completely oblivious to his small size. He moves like a dream with the most gorgeous trot. He is very playful and loves to be scratched on. He came to us along with Midnight from a wonderful older man who needed to find a new home for them due to his poor health. What a wonderful addition he has made to our herd!

 

Eli

Eli (born 2005) is a blind appaloosa/roan miniature horse. We were called by a nice young couple asking if we could take in two blind miniature horses. They had bought the horses from a man who no longer had the money to care for them, but they soon realized they did not have the proper land and shelter to care for them either, so they searched for somewhere these two could call home. Eli was not born blind . . . sadly, we believe he went blind due to chronic untreated eye infections. His hooves and teeth needed some serious attention, and after a good trim and some dental work, he’s doing much better! He’s memorized his pasture with no trouble! He knows where the one tree is where he likes to stand under for shade, where his water is, his hay, the gate, the best spots for grazing, and most important, where his best friend Faith is! He’s amazing and we love having him as part of our herd!

Faith

Faith (born 2005) is a blind appaloosa miniature horse. She came to the ranch with Eli. Faith, like Eli, was not born blind . . . sadly, we believe she also went blind due to chronic untreated eye infections. Her hooves and teeth needed some serious attention as well, and after a good trim and some dental work, she’s doing much better! She and Eli are best buds and do everything together! She has also memorized her pasture with no trouble! Locating where the one tree is where she likes to stand under for shade, where her water is, her hay, the gate, the best spots for grazing, and most important, where Eli is! After some initial challenges with gaining her trust (can you blame her?), she is now so trusting and so very sweet! She is such a joy to have here at the ranch!

 

Sparky

Sparky (born May  1, 1996) is a Standardbred gelding. He’s an ex-race horse. His favorite thing is to push our big ball around and show it who’s boss! He is best buddies with Patrick and loves to play with him out in the pasture. He has done great for sessions as well as giving “pony” rides to kids. He is wonderful at staying calm no matter who or what is running around him! We are so grateful to have him!

Patrick

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Patrick (born 1999) is a Standardbred Gelding and is also an ex-race horse. He has such a great personality and is one of the most playful horses we have ever met! He is very confident, sweet, and curious and has been a wonderful addition to our youth program.

Eva

Eva (born approximately 1996) is a Quarter Horse Mare who came to us in July of 2011 from another rescue facility, where she had lived for five years after being confiscated from her previous abusive owner. For more info on her arrival, and why we brought her to Achaius Ranch, please read here. She is fearful of new things, but is one of the sweetest horses ever and is working on learning to trust more! She is not yet rideable, but she loves to be groomed and to have her mane brushed, and to simply be with you.

Sadie

Sadie (born approximately 1996) is a Quarter Horse Mare who came to us in July of 2011 from another rescue facility, where she had lived for five years after being confiscated from her previous abusive owner. Sadly she has the scar on her face to prove it. For more info on her arrival, and why we brought her to Achaius Ranch, please read here. Sadie is surprisingly sweet and trusting despite her past. She is not rideable, but she is wonderful for hugs, grooming, kissing on the nose, and simply being with.

Iago

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Iago (born in 2002) is a 1/4 Belgian Warmblood, 1/4 Thoroughbred, and 1/2 Paint gelding. He is one of our biggest horses and is such a laid back guy. Calm and easy going with a beautiful big trot and canter! Iago has proven to be an exceptional session horse!

Keva

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Keva (born 1992), a Quarter Horse mare, is so gentle and sweet. She is very calm and was one of our main horses used in our youth program. Keva is now retired.