All About Horses
We currently have three horses, all different breeds, at the farm! Lucky is the largest and a Paint Horse, followed by Miss Charlotte the Welsh Pony, and lastly Trigger the mini horse! Horses have a special place in our hearts and all of our horses are retiring at the farm. Learn more about each of the horses below.
Meet the Herd
Breed: Paint Horse
Birthday: March 17, 2001
Lucky is our largest horse and has lived with us for 14 years. With a “7” on his forehead and being born on Saint Patrick’s Day, this double dose of luck was just what he needed as our first rescue story.
We found lucky as a 6 year old extremely underweight. He was rescued along with 5 other horses from a neglectful owner. He was completely emaciated and wasn’t handled much when he first arrived. It took us about a year to get him to a healthy weight. Tipping the scales now at about 1200 pounds, this big boy is retiring at the farm and loves all of the attention.
When you visit the farm, Lucky will great you at the fence at the horse barn. He’s very sassy and will kick the fence until he gets your attention.
Breed: Welsh Pony
Birthday: January 20, 2002
Miss Charlotte is our little welsh pony and the only girl horse at the farm. She is about the same age as her friend, Lucky, and retiring at the farm as well.
Charlotte came to live with us a few years ago after Lucky lost his pasture mate and needed a new friend. Even though Charlotte is about half his size, this mismatched pair hit if off and are inseparable. Charlotte was raised by an Amish family before moving on to an equestrian training facility. This girl was the beginner horse for many first time riders. At 19 years young, she has now retired and will live her life out at the farm.
Miss Charlotte will be found with Lucky at our horse pasture and may great you at the road on your way in.
Breed: Miniature Horse
Birthday: August 7, 2011
Little Trigger is our newest edition to the farm and this boy is full of spunk and spirit! He came to live with us in August and has quickly became a farm favorite.
Trigger was rescued with others from an animal neglect situation from his previous owners. They took the time to help Trigger with several health issues and get him to a stable condition. Although he was now healthy, Trigger has special diet considerations and ongoing medical care. His previous owners contacted us to find a permanent home for Trigger that could accommodate his unique needs, and we were happy to take him in!
Trigger now resides with our miniature donkeys, Bo and Zach. Even though he is smaller than them, he runs the show and loves all of the attention.
Fun Facts About Horses
1. Horses have around 205 bones in their skeleton.
2. Equine have bigger eyes than any other land mammal. They also have a third eyelid which lies on the inside of the eye and closes diagonally over it for added protection.
3. Horses can sleep both lying down and standing up thanks to a special locking system in their legs, but they can only achieve REM sleep when lying down.
4. Male horses have 40 teeth when they are adults (usually from around five-years-old), while mares have 36 teeth. In both cases horses’ teeth take up more space in their heads than their brains.
5. The longest tail ever recorded on a horse, according to the Guinness Book of Records, belonged to a mare in Kansas, USA, called JJS Summer Breeze and measured 381cms (12 foot 6 inches) on 23rd August 2007.
6. Horses can’t vomit due to them having a strong band of muscles around their esophagus. This band is so strong that a horse’s stomach would burst before it would vomit.
7. Horses produce approximately 10 gallons of saliva a day.
8. The tallest horse on record was a Shire named Sampson. He was 21.2hh (7 feet, 2 inches) tall
9. Horses don’t have collarbones. Their shoulders are held to the rest of their skeleton via a sling of muscles and ligaments instead.
10. Horses drink at least five gallons of water each day.
11. While humans have just three ear muscles, horses have 10.
12. Horses cannot breathe through their mouth, only through their nose.