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Many kids who come out to visit the ranch for the first time are surprised and overwhelmed at how big full-size horses are in real life. Prima’s very gentle and patient nature makes her the perfect friend to introduce timid children to equines. Though she is too small and bouncy for riders, she is cart trained!
Prima was donated in February 2019 by Karen Hefner
Graciously Sponsored By Mechanicool Air Conditioning, Heating, and Ventilation
Lucky is a gentle sweetheart who has been helping special needs children for many years. His steady, calm demeanor makes him perfect for working in an environment so different from what horses may experience in the wild. Nothing can shake this guy and WE are the lucky ones to have him!
We are thankful to the David and Sarah Assay Family for donating Lucky to Manes and Miracles in 2018
Graciously Sponsored By Mila and Family
Chance retired from the barrel racing circuit, but he still had so much love to give. Having been accustomed to the noise, excitement, and unexpected situations that arise in the rodeo, he took to the unique atmosphere of hippotherapy like a natural!
Roni Sanchez donated Chance to Manes and Miracles in 2020.
Graciously Sponsored By Tim & Theresa Molander
Winston is our smallest working equine and fits the bill for many children who need extra support when riding. Plus, he is just the cutest! Ponies are notorious for being feisty, but sweet Winston will do just about anything for a little love and attention.
Graciously Sponsored By Jay & Roseann Taylor
Julian is the perfect size horse for hippotherapy: short enough to comfortably assist riders, but wide enough to make for a comfortable ride for those we serve. He has matured tremendously and is a favorite for hippotherapy or therapeutic riding.
Julian came to Manes and Miracles thanks to a generous gift from Julie Neuman in 2020.
Haflingers are a breed of short draft horses making her short enough for volunteers to reach to assist riders, but strong enough to carry kids of all shapes and sizes. Buttercup is 17 years old and with good care, can live to be around 30. Buttercup is living up to the Haflinger reputation of being very tolerant, affectionate, and easy to work with.
Buttercup was donated in 2022 by Kabat's Ace Hardware
Sponsorship kindly shared by the Edwin & Becky Allred Family and the Adam & Amanda Dyas Family
Dolly is a whole lotta lady! She is a Haflinger- a breed of draft that is strong, thick, but not tall. Her strong, compact size and incredibly patient nature (not to mention that gorgeous blonde mane!) make her wonderful to work with.
She earned the name 'Dot' because of the cute freckles around her eyes and nose. She's such a sweetheart and though she can't be ridden for therapy sessions, we use gentle mini horses as an introduction to children who come out for the first time and are overwhelmed with how big horses are in real life- very different than seeing them in movies and pictures! After working with sweet Dot, kids are much more confident to begin working with the full-sized horses.
Mack is sponsored by David & Samantha Hemberger
Mack so patiently tolerates when we dress him up to be the Manes and Miracles unicorn! Unicorn or not, he is quite magical at bringing joy to his visitors. He LOVES his rear end scratched and will love you forever if you comply!
Mack came to Manes and Miracles in 2021.
Dovey was donated to Manes and Miracles in November 2022. She is currently in a probationary period to determine if she will be a good fit for the program. She is a gentle sweetheart, and you can hear her sing from all over the ranch.
If we are able to keep her in the program, she will be available for sponsorship. Click below if you are interested.
Miss T is kindly sponsored by Nate & Betsy and family.
Female / African Spurred (aka Sulcata) Tortoise
Originally believed to be a male until laying a surprise clutch of eggs, Mr. T was renamed to Miss T, which morphed to Misty. She has been doing a better job of weed control than the goats, whose job it is! Catch her quick, though, because after she’s had enough sun and teasing from the goats, she puts herself right to bed in a shelter custom built for her by Sean Irwin, OT.
Enjoy your free printable coloring pages of the animals that serve at Manes and Miracles. Then keep or email or snail mail it to us to be hung in the clinic!
Four times each month, Hayden gets to leave behind her wheelchair during therapy to experience the freedom of walking on Winston, her favorite pony.
Will you join the Miracle Maker Club to provide scholarships for hope, happiness, and healing to Hayden and her friends?