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OUR HERD

Moses "Mo"

Moses is the man! A 16.2 hand Clydesdale /Appaloosa cross gelding, whose red roan coat, 4 white socks and stripe make him unmistakable. He’s been sharing his love at Shepard Meadows since 2015, when he arrived from Long Island after being rescued there.  If you have the opportunity to work with him, be sure to scratch that special spot just below the withers and watch his expression! Moses was born in 2003.

Sponsored By: Maria Pinto & Nichole Higgins

Indy

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Say “hello” to the most famous member of the herd, “Indy” short for Indiana Jones. He’s a former trotter, and at 16.1 hands, is one we all look up to! A Standardbred, all black, with no markings, except a whorl on his forehead, he’s playful and youthful. He arrived in 2016, and although he’s semi-retired, he primarily works with our adult riders. He likes to think he runs the farm, and perhaps he does! Indy was born in 2007.

Sponsored By: The Robert Rosenheim Foundation

George

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"Georgie Porgie Pudding an Pie," he’s an American Quarter Horse/Draft Cross who joined our team in the fall of 2018, on loan from Oakendale Farm, LLC. He’s a gorgeous dun color with a dorsal stripe and dazzling blaze. It seems everyone within 50 miles knows George. He has taught so many riders as a lesson horse, through pony club rallies, and even show jumping and dressage shows. There isn’t a person anywhere who doesn’t love our big and steady George! George retired from riding in 2023, but he keeps himself busy with our unmounted programs! George was born in 1997.

Sponsored By: Maria Pinto, Industrial Strength

Tonka

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Tonka is in fact built like a truck! He’s a Haflinger pony gelding, with palamino coloring and a whorl, star, strip, and snip. Born in 2011, he’s the youngest member of our herd, and we don’t forget it. Tonka is owned by Oakendale Farm, LLC and leased to us. He spent a year at The Ethel Walker Equestrian Program before coming to us in the spring of 2019. He’s a rock-star pony with equally dazzling personality. He’s a favorite of all the young riders (and Kentucky’s BFF too)!

Sponsored By: Amanda Malkowski and Family

Kentucky

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His name is Kentucky, but he hails from upstate NY.  He’s a registered American Quarter Horse who joined the herd in the spring of 2019. He’s incredibly handsome (oh those eyes!) and loves to bring our riders off lead and towards independence.  He has competed in many western horse shows before coming to Shepard Meadows, and was even quite the barrel racer. Kentucky was born in 2005.

Sponsored By: The Farmyard Party 2023!

Elmer

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Elmer is our therapy mule. He was a rescue that came to us in late spring, 2019. He was timid and shy, and very protective of his dinner. Nowadays he is a love-bug who loves all the attention! He greets our volunteers and participants with his tender “whimper” and keeps tabs on all the comings and goings in the barn. The horses joke that he’s their therapy! In 2022 Elmer was inducted into the USEF Hall of Fame for his therapy work - the first mule in the history of the world to do so! Elmer was born in 2016.

Sponsored By: The Ragone Family

Moon

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Moon is a miniature horse, a dark bay gelding with a “star” and whorl with scattered while hairs on his face.  The star is actually the exact shape of a crescent moon – and thus his name is Moon (or Little Moon). He was born in 2010 and like Elmer, he came to us as a rescue. He and Elmer share the courtyard with their own private homes, keeping watch throughout the day. Moon specializes in working in our hippotherapy program - speech and language. He is so simply adorable, there is always a lot to talk about with Mr. Personality.

Sponsored By: Amanda and Kevin Hickey

Little Joe ("LJ")

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His full name is Colonel Little Jo. He's a Chestnut/Sorrel American Quarter Horse gelding with a blaze and snip and a right hind sock. He arrived in early 2023 as a free-lease. He's 15 hands high and he loves to eat and be groomed (in that order). He's one handsome lovebug of a guy! Come meet him and you'll understand why!

Sponsored By: Laura Patrick and Scott Leigner

Sylvie

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Sylvie was born in 2013; she's an American Quarter Horse mare. She stands 15.2 hands and her color is liver-chestnut. Aside from three whorls, she is without markings.  It has been said that the whorl pattern on your horse's forehead is the gateway to their soul. American Indians believed they could predict the temperament of a horse by the whorl on its head.  Sylvie's father was world champion in western pleasure and she resembles him. She sure is pretty!

Sponsored By:  Christopher Pope, Popephotography

Pippa

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Pippa was born in 2021 and came to us from Flamig Farm in West Simsbury in September of 2023.  Like Clara, Pippa is 1/2 Pygmy and 1/2 Swiss Alpine.  Her colors are super cool and she's a bit more reserved than Clara. We love that our animals all have their own unique and different personalities. Hey, they're just like us!

Sponsored By: A friend

Molly

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Molly is a volunteer and visitor favorite. Did you know that the word caprine means relating to, or resembling the goat species?  Molly has a dedicated volunteer team to groom her, take her for walks and graze around the farm. In 2015, she arrived as a three-year-old along with her friend Mabel, who has since passed. Molly is a Oberhausli Cross in buff. She now has new best friends in Clara and Pippa.

Sponsored By: The Farmyard Party 2023!

Clara

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Clara was born in 2021 and came to us from Flamig Farm in West Simsbury in January of 2022.  Clara is 1/2 Pygmy and 1/2 Swiss Alpine.  You can’t miss her (and Molly and Clara) with their centrally located own private home and yard! Clara has a big personality for such a youngster. She brings us plenty of giggles and smiles, especially with her occasional zoomies.

Sponsored By: The Farmyard Party 2023!

What is needed to feed our herd each year

2,555

bales of hay

114,975

lbs of hay

183

bags of grain

4,575

lbs of grain

With a "grocery bill" of over $30,000 a year, you can help us feed our herd with a recurring donation that allows us to focus on providing our programs!

FORMER PARTNERS

Bart

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Blueberry

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Red

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Lola

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Huckleberry

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Tess

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Charmed

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Frodo

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Mabel

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Calvin

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Daphne

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Kat & Charlie

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Shep & Meadow

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