Meet The Herd
Dakota has been a wonderful and dedicated equine partner since 2008 when he was donated by a dear friend and supporter of our work. He came from Elizabeth, CO and had been a working ranch horse all his life. He’s an extremely handsome charcoal grey Appaloosa gelding and is a big, friendly, gentle fellow standing at 15.3 hands. Dakota is the senior citizen of our herd and is 39 years old (as of 2022). In the herd with the other horses, he’s always a loner and keeps to himself. When he’s with people; however, it’s a different story and he loves all the human interaction and attention he gets during lessons. Being semi-retired, he’s not ridden very much anymore unless it’s with children on lead line which he always cherishes and is so trustworthy. He’s a faithful, loving and giving friend to all who know him for the extraordinary special horse he is.
In Loving Memory
1989 – 2022
Jacky’s Misty Twist” was donated to our programs in 2010 when she was 21 years old. She had a prior career as a working ranch horse and brood mare at a mountain ranch outside Gunnison, CO. Jacky was a registered American Quarter Horse with an impressive pedigree which boasted a long line of champions. She was a stunning red bay mare with a white star on her forehead and was a stocky 15.1 hands tall. Her caring and gentle ways always made her a favorite equine companion with participants of all ages and abilities. Jacky was trusting and sweet by nature and was always the “caregiver mom” to the herd as well as her human counterparts. She had a huge open heart and was empathetic to humans who needed healing. Jacky could be a little pushy and impatient at times although always in a lighthearted and fun way. She suffered from arthritis in her elder years and her beautiful spirit will always be with all of us who dearly loved her.
1991 – 2020