Shepherding Horses

Just as in our volunteer programs our rescued horse program reflects the words Comfort, Restore, and Lead from Psalm 23.  The first part of the process is to comfort these horses with consistent feeding, handling, and kindness.  This will include but is not limited to regular farrier care, vet care, and a diet that reflects the needs of the horse.  Our restoring volunteers proceed with regular groundwork using a natural horsemanship model that loves the horse towards an acceptance of “two-legged” leadership. Our goal is to produce a horse who confidently stands tied to be tacked, quietly allows a mounted rider, and goes in a relaxed manner in our indoor and outdoor arena.  We often find horses that work very well with children and adults alike and if we have space for them we keep them in our program to be used with our guests.  In other circumstances, we pursue finding a home for them that will benefit them and their new owner.

“Your eyes saw me when I was inside the womb. All the days ordained for me were recorded in your scroll before one of them came into existence.” Psalm 139:16

Chandler and Tonka were rescued from sure death. Only alive to produce milk in their mothers for other foals, their lives are worthless to their owners. But one woman with the means to rescue them brings them to her facility and then finds homes for them. We are lucky to have two beautiful colts to love and train!

“The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He takes me to lush pastures, he leads me to refreshing water. He restores my strength. He leads me down the right paths for the sake of his reputation. Even when I must walk through the darkest valley, I fear no danger, for you are with me; your rod and your staff reassure me.” Psalm 23:1-4

Blitz is a great example of rescue and renewal! In his young life he has nearly died of starvation, learned to trust many rescuers, and began a career under saddle at his forever home. His fun loving, inquisitive personality is a joy and a pleasure to watch and work with. The only path forward is upward for Blitz as he develops into a great partner to his riders!

“He humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death-even death on a cross! As a result God exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow-in heaven and on earth and under the earth- and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:8-11

Molly is a precious older lady who came to us after being rescued with her herd mates in a desperate case of neglect. Though some of her herd mates died on the day of rescue, Molly found refuge in her new circumstances and has become one of the sweetest horses we have. Her desire to obey is a testament to everyone who works with her and learns the soft cues needed to communicate with a horse.

“Let the little children come to me and do not try to stop them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” Mark 10:14

Cody was the first pony to grace us at Quiet Pastures. His “God-given” sway back is perfect for even our most sensitive guests to sit in and learn to ride. He teaches most beginners their first canter and he loves hugs and attention. His mane and tail scream for attention and everyone loves to brush and groom him. We love our Cody pony!

“Do you not know that all the runners in a stadium compete, but only one receives the prize? So run to win. Each competitor must exercise self-control in everything. They do it to receive a perishable crown, but we an imperishable one.” I Corinthians 9:24

Colt was an accident in birth, but not to those of us who work with him today! He came as a 3 month old and today at age 20 he is our most trusted mount for anyone who wants to ride AND show. His dominant attitude proves itself in the pasture but his docile spirit towards his riders shows his willingness to obey. He is and always will be one of the favorites at Quiet Pastures.

“A horse is prepared for the day of battle, but the victory is from the Lord.” Proverbs 21:31

Fortune Maker came to us broken from his racing on the track. We watched him run in the field with beauty and grace as he finished healing. Today he is ridden by one of our Leader Volunteers who loves him enough to challenge him towards a better relationship through Dressage. He is a great example of the beauty and grace that can be displayed when persistent love is the cornerstone of the relationship between master and horse.

“The blind see, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have good news proclaimed to them.” Matthew 11:5

Ditto was one of the first horses to grace our program when his owner left for college. His blindness and blind trust is a great example to our guests and all who work with him. One of our favorite lessons with Ditto is to wash him “white as snow” depicting the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross and the believer’s perfect cleansing!

“Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!” Romans 7:24-25

Rescued from neglect and despair, Jess is thriving at Quiet Pastures. She lives to serve alongside the other horses and share her story of rescue and redemption to our guests.

“Who led them through the deep water? Like a horse running on flat land they did not stumble. Like an animal that goes down into a valley to graze, so the Spirit of the Lord granted them rest. In this way you guided your people…” Isaiah 63:13-14

Magnadoodle is a solid, trustworthy partner who accomplishes the task at hand. He came to us with a great deal of knowledge and helps riders move to the next level of partnership.

“O Lord, you examine me and know. You know when I sit down and when I get up; even from far away you understand my motives. You carefully observe me when I travel or when I lie down to rest; you are aware of everything I do.” Psalm 139:1-3

Nala was bred and is owned by the Founding Director of Quiet Pastures. That being said, she has a lifelong relationship with her owner and rider, who knows her in a very special way. They have competed in Dressage and Eventing from the time Nala was 4 years old. Today she shares her relaxed, quiet, loving spirit with all who come to Quiet Pastures- a testament to her foundational relationship with a loving master.