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.
He is a 7 year-old bay overo paint Gypsy Vanner. You will recognize him as the horse with all the flowing hair that could be pulling Cinderella's carriage. S'mores holds an important job at HOPE Landing and that is to accommodate our taller and older riders. S'mores has completed all of his training here at HOPE Landing and is a vital part of the hippotherapy and therapeutic riding programs. To learn more about the breed, check out www.freelandsgypsyhorses.com.
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!
He is a horse that could travel all over the country. Just one look at this strong, long legged horse and you know he could take you for a ride over any terrain. Traveler is a 5 year-old Gypsy Vanner. He a relative of S'mores. He is progressing through his training and has already completed kindergarten, speeding right through to first grade! He is a quick learner and very calm. He may like to run and play in the pasture with his friends, but he is all business when it comes to arena time.
"Diamond" is one precious gem here at HOPE Landing. She is a beautiful 20 year-old palomino appaloosa with the most stunning blond mane and tail. She is always ready to GO! She may be short in stature but she can out-walk any of the horses here. She used to be a barrel racer, but has hung up her barrel racing shoes and now loves to cruise around the arena playing therapy games with her riders.
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.
Gavin is a 20 year-old sorrel horse that has traveled all the way from North Dakota. Before he became a member of HOPE Landing's herd, he would compete in Cowboy Mounted Shooting events. To be a mounted shooting horse, he had to be able to be easily guided by his rider with one handed steering through a pattern of balloons placed on top of poles while his rider used a pistol with black powder shot to "shoot or pop" as many balloons as they could as fast as they could. He learned to be very patient and responsive to his rider. He loved to compete but is enjoying the slower, quieter pace of live these days.
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