Cowboy is a 25 year-old Flea Bitten Gray Quarter horse. He is like a "Cowboy Cadillac," he is a smooth ride and pretty to look at. Cowboy loves to look his best and would stand all day for someone to groom him. Cowboy is owned by Olivia Wylie.
Rambo is an 17 year old Miniature Horse (but don’t tell him that) that is Strawberry Roan with a Flaxen mane and tail. Rambo fills an important role by being able to provide a wonderful way to provide the horse experience to children who might not be ready for a full-size horse. because he can set them at ease with his smaller stature and huge heart. He does hippotherapy but has a 45 pound weight limit. For those that have outgrown him, they can still spend time with him by grooming and learning safe horse handling skills to them be around horses of all sizes.
Idaho! He may be the same color as an Idaho potato, but he has a heart the size of Arkansas! Idaho joined HOPE Landing in July of 2015. In his previous horse career, he was owned and trained by a famous natural horsemanship trainer, Pat Parelli. Over the course of his training, Idaho learned not only specific riding tasks but tricks too. Just ask about his circus pose! He is a 24 year old Sorrell Quarter Horse.
She is our 10 year-old Shadow Cross Miniature donkey. Her markings are called a "shadow cross" because that is the color of the donkey that Jesus road on Palm Sunday. She is a blessing to HOPE Landing because she watches over her heard of horses and keeps them safe from other animals that may enter the fence. If you come in the mornings, you can hear her braying for her breakfast!
Apple's registered name is "The Big Red Apple." He is a 15 year-old Missouri Fox Trotter, which means that he is a gaited horse. Apple has a very kind personality with a bright beautiful eye and wavy mane and tail. He is a very handsome horse and rightfully carries himself proudly and is able to pass on his confidence to his riders. He is always checking pockets to see if you have a treat or an apple to share. He loves to interact with his riders as he can easily turn his head and neck to be able to nuzzle his rider's legs.
Popeye is a 19 year-old dark brown quarter horse. When you look at him you know why they call him Popeye! He has big, bulging, strong muscles just like Popeye the Sailor Man. When you look at this guy you understand where the term horsepower comes from. Before he came to HOPE Landing, he was used on a ranch where he was used to move cattle, be roped off of, and spent many long days checking fence lines in the pasture lands of North Dakota. He is happy to be a snow bird and trade in his hardworking ranching days to the green pastures and therapy work at HOPE Landing.
Teddy is short for "Teddy Bear" because he is just as kind as a teddy bear. Teddy is a 20 year-old bay quarter horse. Teddy had a very special job before he became part of the HOPE Landing herd. Teddy as the horse that got to carry the Rodeo Queen into the arena as she carried the American Flay while the "Star Spangled Banner" played. He loved to show off his speed around the arena while the flag blew in the wind and then would stand statue still to allow the flag to be displayed during the national anthem. He is a handsome horse who loves to be the center of attention.
Photos courtesy of Madison Courtney Photography