Meet our Horses
The horses are the heart of our program here at WAYR. One of Gods most magnificent creatures, horses are intuitive beings. Horses can be an emotional mirror for humans. They respond to how we feel.
Horses are herd and prey animals, which means that they have a strong emotional sense and use this sense as a survival tool; they feed off of and respond to other horses in the herd. If one horse in a herd is scared, the others will become frightened. They respond similarly to humans. If a person approaches a horse with anger, the horse will respond by shying away or becoming fearful. Horses never hide their emotions. Because of these qualities, horses can be used to help people heal from a variety of psychological issues.
Horses are majestic animals that are wonderful simply to be with. Horses are gentle and honest; they do not have the ability to manipulate or lie. One common healing technique that is often used for people who were abused is to put them with a large horse and allow them to interact. Very often, the person may break down in tears and say something like, “I’ve never been treated this kindly by anything so big.” This is an experience the person can then take into the human world. Read on to meet our majestic herd of therauputic equines.
"Manchee" Commanchee Allen Warrior
Approx. 20 YO
Manchee is the head of the herd and wants to be sure that everyone knows he is in control! Yet, he is a gentle leader with his large presence. He loves kisses, treats and lots of attention. He arrived with Cass 7 years ago.
Black Rocky Mountain Walker
Approx. 20 YO
"Cass" is a sweet reserved soul. He is quite shy and particular in who he chooses! He has suffered abuse from humans in the past yet, has come to love his barn an his herd at WAYR. He finally has a sense of belonging! We have had "Cass" for 7 years.
Passed Away in 2019
Rio was a once and a lifetime kind of horse. However, he is now running in beautiful green pastures in heaven.
"Norman" Stormin' Norman
Passed Away in 2020
Norman was the wise one. He was a retired cutting horse that served his owners well. However, he was put out to pasture because he was too old. WAYR gave him all the TLC he could manage. WAYR rehabilitated him with diet upgrades and brought in a seeing eye donkey to help him around the pasture as his sight was diminishing.
Approx. 20 YO
Copperhead is a big boy which arrived quite under-nourished last year 2019. We have been rehabilitating and giving him lots of love. He is quite timid and shy but seems to be settling in just fine. He is a beautiful whispering angel addition.
Approx 17 YO
"Dusty" is Son's best friend and wants to know where Son is at all times. They have been together all their lives. Dusty was also put out to pasture with very little time or attention. He has been a project but when he chooses a child, it is forever bond.
"DD"- Diva Digging for Gold
Approx 14 YO
DD was bred for Western Pleasure and in her early years sent to several trainers. In the midst of this she became very head/halter sour. It was found that she most likely received some abuse in the midst of this training because she would not perform. A dear friend of the ranch acquired her and settled her before gifting her to the ranch. DD loves pampering and lots of treats. She is the princess of the ranch with a quiet and intuitive spirit.
Mini Paint Donkey
Approx. 5 YO
Noel was a gift to the ranch Christmas of 2019 for our horse, Norman. Norman needed assistance with navigating because he was slightly blind. It seemed that the very moment they met, it was love at first sight. Noel knew exactly why she was brought to the Ranch. She is loud and proud! We love her.
Approx. 14 YO
Dakota has quite a mind and likes to be the boss. He has an extensive history of working with children and settled into WAYR like he has always been here. He loves kisses and lots of treats and really enjoys his job as an angel.
Approx. 12 YO
River is a very shy boy that tends to stay to himself. However, his very best friend is our little mini horse, Pistol. They are inseparable. We continue to work with River to build trust.
Mini Paint Horse
Approx 3 YO
Well, the name says it all. Pistol is all fire and personality and will make anyone feel welcome at the Ranch. He is our little mascot. We hope to use him off the grounds for therapeutic reasons in hospitals, nursing homes, etc. as he matures in his training.
Passed away in 2021
Can you say, fairytale horse? Fonger is our largest horse on the grounds. He came to the US from the Netherlands when he was a year old. He has a puppy dog personality and just wants love and affection. We just love his sweet spirit.
Tennessee Walking Horse
Approx 21 YO
Son is a black Tennessee Walker that reminds us of a big teddy bear! Dusty and Son arrived at WAYR together and are very attached to each other. They tend to work as a pair to keep everyone happy. In their previous home they were put out to pasture with little interaction. At WAYR we have taught them how to be loved and accepted again.
Passed away in 2023
Scout is our oldest horse. He is the most gentle soul with a very wise spirit about him. He is one of our most recent additions at he ranch.