Every horse is special.
Shorna, Hatta, Frodo, and Pippin moved from Pretty River Inn to live with us in Muskoka and be healing horses. This is our story of learning, loving and sharing these special animals.
As a white Percheron, it is Shorna’s size most people notice first. A gentle giant, Shorna moves with grace and has wonderful mama energy. She holds respectful distance with everyone she meets and people come to cherish the connection they are drawn into with her. She takes her role as leader seriously, nudging the others along and disciplining when needed.
Her lips on our hands are like being swallowed in velvet when we give her a treat.
When we hold a question in our minds and go visit, Shorna comes towards us, and after she leaves, we notice new ideas and words. Try it!
Shorna is having us ask, “What will it take from us to be her Leader?”
Hatta is an Icelandic horse and, while she used to live on the same property as the others, she is the newest member of the herd. Hatta is most responsive to us so far; always the first to come to the gate to say hello to new people and our daughter. She is skittish and lovely, gently curious. We see her having amazing potential as a mirror of teenager – anything-is-possible energy.
She has a beautiful mane and tail, white flash on her forehead and adorable bangs that bob when she runs. We know she will find her place in the herd and be fully accepted by the others.
Frodo is quite a character, as his name promises. Frodo is a miniature horse, but don’t try to tell him that. He is the only male in the herd and always first to investigate. First week here, we got a call at 6:00 am from the lady who plows our drive that Frodo was down the road with her. We moved quickly in the dark to get dressed and ran outside, only to find Frodo there peacefully with the others, as though nothing had happened. He escaped for his visit and came back that same hour to make sure he didn’t miss breakfast! This is a horse who challenges, tests, plays and loves fully and easily.
Pippin has her winter coat on, and her face makes her look like a mountain yak; shaggy dark brown hair, dark eyes, dark bangs. She is a sweet doll and loves playing the princess. She is open to being hugged and petted in every way, especially if a treat is included! Pippin often backs up to the gate and rests her bottom on the wood, rocking back and forth to scratch. Frodo often calls her to wrestle, and she will kick out her back hooves to show her saucy side. We think there are layers to discover about Pippin, more than her pretty face. Her being the most open to touch initially, builds confidence for people to be open. She is our ambassador of touch.
Feeling is Healing