Adopted through Days End Horse Rescue as a five-year-old, “Ippy”was
destined to be our daughter’s show pony, but little did we know that
she would choose her real mission in life! Ippy was sired by a double-registered
Palomino Quarter Horse stallion with the finest racing/showing/halter pedigree
that I’ve ever seen, and out of a tenacious 10 hand Cremela pony.This unlikely combo produced the bravest and strongest pony
I’ve ever met, yet one with the softest heart around the youngest, disabled
riders. Starved by an unfeeling owner, she came to Days End covered with parasites
and sores, still nursing on her dam at age two and a half – literally
sucking her mother’s life out of her. Her dam only survived (unlike
several others who died those first few days at Days End) by licking oats
from her rescuers hands, supported by a sling, and nourished by intravenous
drips. Ippy was desperate to get back to her mom, who was too debilitated
for nursing. Sailing over the open double-Dutch door, she kept rejoining her
dam until Kathy Schwartz, the kindly co-founder of Days End, locked the door
to rescue Ippy’s dam -- whereupon Ippy sailed through the open window!Her adoption to EverGreen Farm brought Ippy a grander name to
match her bright future, both in the show ring, and then as a guardian to
young challenged riders. In her first therapy lessons, we couldn’t understand
why Ippy stopped every time a rider reached over, crossed the midline, and
tried to touch her toes! Stupefied, we finally realized that she was afraid
her rider was falling, and wanted to protect her! All of us at ETA were prouder
of that innate ability than we ever were of the Championship ribbons she won
in Lead Line, showmanship, halter, and Challenged Rider classes -- because that ability couldn’t be taught, it came from
Wouldn’t you like to help Ippy perfect her therapy training? She may
soon be available for a partial lease, as well, to enhance her conditioning. You can write to Ippy at Ippy@equinetherapyassociates.com
Battersea Norfolk was named National Therapy Horse of the Year by the American Morgan Horse Association in 2005. In 2006, North American Riding for the Handicapped chose him as their Region Two Therapy Horse of the Year and he was one of the eleven equines honored in the nation by NARHA.
Burnished bright as a new penny, Norfolk is as spirited, bold,
strong, and compelling as his ancestor and famous namesake, The Justin Morgan
Horse. Initially trained as a driving horse, he didn’t have the drive
and “death-wish” tenacity of a competitive driving horse, but
ETA and our family didn’t need that anyway! Excelling in trail riding
as a four year old with a 13 year old human, Nori came to EverGreen farm as
a rather green five year old. He has since learned all about unsteady humans
mounting him from a five foot staircase, and how to behave when Zaney corrects
him for youthfully exuberant behavior. Norfolk's broad and strong back
can carry 200 pounds, and his precise appreciation for 201 pounds versus 199
is indelibly demonstrated by a tossing head but willing body. Some of his
riders dare not take an extra slice of cream pie on vacation!
Norfolk’s physique is so classic that he wins in mixed
breed halter classes, and his elegant head, huge brown eyes and mane and tail
with threads of silver belie a spirit to challenge even an accomplished rider.
Nevertheless, he willingly gallops cross-country in hand with a ten year old.
After spending a year and a half patiently learning the basics of cavaletti
and stride spacing, Norfolk now fluidly jumps two foot six inches, and carried
one of our students three times to the Grand Championship in Prix Caprilli (a combination
of dressage and jumping) at Special Olympics and the MD Challenged Rider Equestrian Trials. Norfolk stunned his family by carrying his rider to three trophies in his first visit to the Annual Handicapped Riders Division of the Devon Horse Show, arguarbly the most venerable and famous on the East Coast. Elizabeth and Nori won three trophies, including the Stephanie Bennett Perpetual Trophy for the Advanced Division, the Anne Joyce Cochrane Trophy for the rider with the Highest Scoring Trail Class (out of 22 classes), and rode in the Hope Montgomery Perpetual Memorial Trophy in the Devon Oval for the Grand Championship.
Nori is beginning serious work on his dressage, show jumping
and cross country jumping in preparation for a new career in eventing. We need to keep his driving up as well. Norfolk needs
continual conditioning beyond his normal therapy work, so he may be available
for a ½ lease to a strong and talented rider. Alternately, one or two
experienced volunteers with light hands can help us in his training program.
Zaney has had five careers, but his true forte is therapeutic
riding! Sired by a thoroughbred stallion, out of a racing Quarter Horse mare,
Zaney was too slow for the track. Sold soon after as a show horse, he was
too interested in the equine “ladies,” and caused untold amusement
in the audience, but drove the judges wild. His enthusiasm for life then dictated
an ownership change, to a new family with a passionate fox chaser. Galloping
past the Master of Fox Hounds repeatedly, a major social faux pas (he was
too fast for this career!), Zaney was regretfully retired quickly from this
most exciting career.
Zaney then excelled as a pleasure horse. Time and again, he
safely returned his young owner home from trail rides, when illness made her
so weak that she couldn’t pop the top of an aluminum Coke can. Purchased
by our family as a protector for our 30 year old gelding Skooter, Zaney was
our horse’s pasture companion for 11 years before he was trailered to
the 14 feet of annual snow in northern Arizona, complete with wolves and bear
as wilderness companions. Excelling as an endurance horse, he was tireless
both in his love for trails as he was for cow elk, a herd of whom pastured
each night just across his field fence.
Returned to MD’s heat and humidity, Zaney has ably led
his small herd into the barn from summer thunderstorms, stood in driving snows
to guard them in fierce storms, yet reached down to let a small friend put
on his fly mask in his last, but best, career – therapeutic riding.
Albeit mostly-retired, Zaney is the finest therapy horse or pony I’ve
ever seen: leaning left as a rider slid to the right, slowing down when a
rider became unsteady, never putting a foot wrong no matter how a command
is given. My husband says that he could have been a brilliant officer’s
mount in any past war where a cavalry mount was needed – Alexander’s
Bucephalous couldn’t hold a candle to his jumping! Zaney even helped rescue a lost polo pony, when most humans were convinced that
he had expired in a summer’s drought. Zaney's long back has swayed,
and he can only carry 100 pounds comfortably, so he needs friends to daily
give him (carrot) physical therapy. Yet, his spirit is undimmed, and he reigns
supremely over the barn and all he surveys.
Wouldn’t you like to help give him P.T. regularly? Zaney
needs regular volunteer help walking, hand-grazing, trotting over cavaletti
in hand, and ground exercises to keep his back from dropping further.
Leased by our family, this delightful powerhouse
of purpose gave our daughter back her confidence after three falls in three
days from three different equines! Owned by a talented lady rider and trainer
of MD Hunt Cup winners, DooWop is a brilliant, champion driving
pony, a fox chaser who once jumped three foot nine inches, and a four footed
diplomat. Renowned for his level head, DooWop is swooned over by children
at horse shows (“he’s so cute!”), and most endearing at
home. A sturdy 500 pounds, this descendent of the brave Celtic and Norse crosses
bred in the Shetland Islands could carry an adult man or work in the mines
all day, but at EverGreen Farm he fights the “battle of the bulge”
with the richness of our grass through a “Miracle Muzzle.” His
fast-paced trots burn up the miles, but he will patiently stand (even when
a mammoth horse fly lights on his back) if a young person is dismounting.
Doowop has won twelve Challanged Rider Reserve or Grand Championships along with numerous Special Olympics Medals and MCET Grand Championships. He even helped one special student win three Gold Medals at Special Olympics after only ten lessons!
When DooWop first arrived Ippy deferred to him completely, although
she out-weighed him half again, and stood six inches higher at the withers.
Rightly recollecting that “authority” came in small packages (her
dam was 10 hands high), this normally dominant mare let him eat her hay, her
grain, and her carrots. She followed him around like a puppy dog for several
weeks, and adored him. Today, older and wiser, she may put her ears back when
she shares a hay course with him, but she will still push a particularly appetizing
flake in his direction! DooWop gets along splendidly with everyone –
human, equine, canine and feline. Endowed with a dappled, chocolate brown
coat of lustrous thickness, DooWop sports a modified hunt clip much of the
year to avoid over-heating. A heart of gold beats in his cuddly body!
DooWop needs lots of grooming, hand-walking, and attention to
keep his mind off of GRASS! We are driving him more as well, so he needs friends
who would like to regularly saddle soap and oil his harness and tack, and
polish the shiny brass on his harness, as well as keep his cart in tip-top