Comet came in skinny and lacking basic overall good health. They have struggled to adjust to their new life here, although I think they enjoy being friends with lots of horses. Comet was run on the track and had a back injury so he is not meant to be ridden. We don’t know what his pedigree name is, but we will soon have time to decipher his tattoo and check that out.
Catalyst is two years old and she has already had a life. We rescued her at three weeks old, scooping her up, putting her in the back seat of the truck and heading straight for Virginia Tech Vet hospital. She spent ten days there fighting pneumonia and other viruses. She was skin and bones but a real fighter.
A concerned citizen brought Fiona to our attention and with the help of animal control we were able to acquire her. She had a foal by her side and was thin with numerous bleeding tumors around her teats, the largest about the size of a cantaloupe. Fiona Her owner told us she was regularly ridden and has a sweet temperament.
We were asked to take Cardi B because she had been living on her own with goats for about 10 years and her owner was aging and felt like Cardi wasn’t getting the attention she needed. She was right. Cardi B is a feisty little girl and its going to take some time to get her trusting people again.
We were asked to take Winnie because of her hooves; they were too long and as the owners understood it, they couldn’t be fixed. She loves to be loved. She’ll stand all day to let you rub her and pet her. Come meet Winnie, our sweet little pony.
Rocky is a Paso Fino surrendered to us by his owner in 2017. What seemed to be a pretty straightforward surrender of a healthy horse was actually more complicated. He looks great, but he just can’t carry a person's weight anymore and is looking for someone who needs a pasture buddy or a horse pet.
Rayn is a big question mark at the barn. She is a strawberry roan who is no longer skinny, the bites are healed and the rain rot gone. But we keep waiting for a huge growth spurt. Follow Rayn’s progress and when we have a better idea of what we are going to have with her, she will go up for adoption.
Chester is a three year old black and white miniature horse. He came to us because he had stringhalt in both back legs. He had a bad limp that made us all think of Chester from the TV show Gunsmoke, hence his name. But the name isn't as fitting now. Changing his nutrition and exercise has eliminated the stringhalt almost completely and he now walks with no noticeable catch.
Hank is a flashy white and brown miniature horse with two blue eyes. He came to Horse Helpers as a stud but is now gelded and is adjusting well. He is gentle, friendly, and easygoing. Kids brush him and pick his hooves, they lead him around at the farm without his ever getting impatient.
|Breed:||National Show Horse Arab Cross|
This beautiful mare has been trail ridden all over the southeast. She has impeccable ground manners, does anything you ask of her and if she doesn’t understand will keep trying until she figures it out. She is great with people, friendly and trustworthy. She can be marish, so introducing her to your other horses should be done carefully. I now have her in with the entire herd and she is doing great but we did it slowly and methodically. She would also be horse that would be happily pastured next to another horse instead of with other horses.
Her moodiness with the herd does not extend to the saddle and under saddle on trails we have had her with horses she knew and horses she didn’t know and if you are an aware rider she handles herself beautifully even when the trail is narrow and the horses get bunched up. You have to see her in person to really understand how beautiful and loving she is. Frida Kahlo, named for her color and temperament with fellow horses, is 19 years old and has had nothing but exemplary care and training. Using natural horsemanship methods she is soft and responsive with a light-handed rider. She has beautiful movement and loves bonding with people.
She hates arenas and has had little experience with ground work. She will lunge but she gets frustrated with too much ground time and will transform into a grumpy difficult horse in an arena. She is a trail horse and anything else just doesn’t work well. She is a horse of strong opinions! But you really can’t see all the good in her unless you come meet her.
Frida was never abused or received poor care. Her owner is retired from riding and could no longer keep her. Frida was ridden on many trails during part of her life--all over the east coast. She was put under saddle in a Kenny Harlow 3-week apprenticeship program and has been with the same owner until now. She’s been ridden alone and in groups on trails in Pennsylvania, Virginia and other places along the eastern seabord. In NC she was ridden at places like South Mountain State Park, the Outer Banks on the beach, Tanglewood Park, Cooke Forest in Pennsylvania, other mountains in PA, etc.
|Training:||Intermediate to advanced trail riding experience|
|Rider type:||Advanced beginner to advanced|