Meet the Herd

Palamino Halflinger
13.2 Hands
DOB: Approximately 2006
Arrival at Refuge: 2015

Jonah is a former Amish cart horse, and was donated to the Ranch in 2105. Jonah is probably the most versatile horse at the Ranch. He does it all! His short, but thick stature makes him especially ideal for our Freedom Reins program, in which he carried our special needs kiddos with the utmost care. 


Strawberry Roan
15.2 hands
DOB: Approximately 2002
Arrival at Refuge: 2017

Orion’s owner had more horses than she had time to ride, and believed he had the steady temperament to do the work of loving kids at the Ranch. She was absolutely right! He is a willing reliable friend to our crew. 


Grulla Paint 
14.2 hands
DOB: 2004
Arrival at Refuge: 2006

Willow came to the Ranch young and nearly unhandled. She is the baby of our herd. An “in-your-pocket” kind of gal, she loves people and is one of the first to greet you when you walk into the paddock. With silky smooth gaits, Willow is turning into a reliable mount for the Ranch’s kiddos. 


DOB: 2004
Arrival at Refuge: 2018

Jed’s owner was having trouble keeping weight on him and he had a severe case of rain rot. As a retired barrel horse, in the arena, his instinct is “speed,” but he is learning a more laid-back approach to life. He loves people and is kind and willing-- as sweet as they come! 

Jedidiah (Jed)

Spotted Tennesse Walking Horse
DOB: approx 2013
Arrival at Ranch: 2016

Rose came to the Ranch after her owner rescued her at an auction but was unable to provide longterm care for her. In 2018, Rose sustained a traumatic injury when she sliced open her neck on a piece of metal. After months of recuperation, this sweet mare has been reintegrated back into our programs. Her flashy coloring is a delight to ranch visitors. 


Chocolate Palomino
11 hands
DOB: Approximately 2000
Arrival at Refuge: 2014

Ellie’s owners bought her, undernourished and timid, at an auction. Without a way to control her grass intake in their rich pasture, her owners reached out to the Ranch. Soon after she arrived, it became evident she was also having eye problems. She was suffering from a progressive and incurable condition called “moon-blindness.” Her eye eventually had to be removed. Ellie recovered beautifully from the surgery, and has continued to love and be loved by many at the Ranch. Her willing spirit, despite all she has been through, is a beautiful example of courage resiliency, and strength. 


Dun Quarter Horse
15 Hands
DOB: Unknown
Arrival at Refuge: Spring of 2014

Rapha came to the Ranch after sustaining two very serious injuries within a short period of time. His owners were unable to provide the care he needed, so the vet reached out to Refuge to see if we might have a place for him. The name Rapha means “to heal”, and not only have his own injuries healed, but Rapha has been instrumental in the healing of many heart wounds in those who visit the Ranch. 


Bay Appaloosa/White Blanket
14.3 hands
DOB: Approximately 1995
Arrival at Refuge: 2008

Jackson was the very first horse to call Refuge Ranch home about 13 years ago! This sweet gelding has taught countless kids and adults the fundamentals of riding… but far more importantly, he has been a faithful, steadying friend to so many. Despite an ornery streak, or perhaps in part because of it, he is beloved by kids and adults alike. Even at 27 years old, he is still loving and serving kids with his unique blend of stubborn kindness. 


Paint Miniature Horse
9 hands
DOB: Approximately 2008

Arrival at Refuge: 2015 along with her 1 week old foal, Lilo. 


Quarter Horse
DOB: 2010
Arrival at Refuge: 2019

Trinity was donated to the Ranch in 2019. She is a very easygoing girl- walk is her favorite gait. She is such a great size for many of our riders. While she is as stubborn as they come, she has managed to endear herself to many Ranch participants. 


DOB: approx 2000
Arrival at Refuge: 2016

Shiloh was donated to the Ranch when we lost a favorite, similarly colored horse. She is a former show horse, and smooth as silk to ride! In January 2020, she had an accident that took her right eye, but she has recovered nicely. With her sweet, trusting nature, she will continue to be wonderful for our programs. 


DOB: Unknown Probably 2000-2005 range
Arrived at Refuge: September 2019

Creed arrived as a rescue in 2019 along with Durango, Charlotte, and Bilbo. He was extremely emaciated. He has filled out nicely and is quite the photogenic guy. His sweet personality is finally starting to come out, and we are learning to trust him more, as he learns to trust us more. 


Bay Appendix Quarter Horse
16 h
DOB: Approximately 2002
Arrival at Refuge: 2020

Cruise became a part of Refuge when his owner, Jen McCormick (Adaptive Riding Director), accepted the position to teach the Freedom Reins program. When he arrived on the property, he was anxious and worried. However, with so many staff and volunteers who loved on and prayed for him, he has become a docile and calm member of the herd. Cruise has been a Jack-of-all-trades as he will try anything you ask him to do. This includes, but isn’t limited to: Dressage, Jumping, Western Pleasure, Cow Sorting, Roping, Barrel Racing, Trail Riding (he can even swim!), and being a Lesson horse. He loves to challenge his rider so they can learn that they can overcome any obstacle!


DOB: 2000-2006
Arrival at Refuge: September 2019

Durango is a 20-something paint gelding. He arrived along with Creed, Charlotte, and Bilbo. He was extremely emaciated and blind in one eye, but with the care he has received at the Ranch, he has filled out nicely! His quiet and steady nature has endeared him to us all. 



Miniature Spotted Donkey
DOB: approx 2015
Arrival at Refuge: May 2019

George came to the Ranch in May 2019. He was donated to the Ranch after having been removed from a poor situation. He arrived so fearful of people that he could not be touched, but his endearing qualities inspire Ranch staff, volunteers, and participants to keep trying, and if you are patient enough, this timid guy will creep in close enough to scratch his shoulder, or stroke his long ears.