Our horses are the core of what we do here at Hillside HOPE Thru Hooves. They are what we call our "angels in horse hair" who are able to read body language and emotions which make them powerful messengers to provide life changing insights.
Fancy ~ Arabian Bay Mare
"Gospel" we call him, is a retired race horse off the track from Canterbury Downs. Gospel came to us after breaking his leg at the track & was no longer of use there. We were there the day it happened & were asked if we would take him. It was an impulse decision as we needed to give an answer immediately, however with our concern for him, we bit the bullet & said yes! He was sent on a long trip to Nebraska for surgery to repair his leg, then was able to finally come join our herd. He ended up with a horrific cast sore that took 6mo to heal, but with daily care, many vet visits & stall rest he finally healed! He is now safe, healthy & happy enjoying retired life with us. He still holds that race horse attitude, but the improvement and positive changes in him is a joy to see. He is our "big" boy standing very tall! For those of you that know who Jennifer Love Hewitt is, Gospodin belonged to her as a race horse in California many years back. He won some good races in his day. He's a winner no matter what in our book.
Jaide is a POA (Pony of America) Mini Paint Cross. (She's a pony) We received a call asking if we would be interested in having her for our equine program. She was living next to a woman who had owned her years before and had given her to a neighbor for his grandkids. Unfortunately, Jaide ended up being mistreated & neglected. The woman then decided to take her back. She was looking for a good home to donate her to. She knew of our program & thought it would be the perfect place for her. When we went to see her, she was skittish & was missing a good majority of her fur coat from a severe case of lice. We fell in love with her right away & wanted to bring her back home to the rest of our growing herd where she could be happy & healthy. We thought a pony would be a great addition to our program. Within a couple weeks she was given a clean bill of health & was on her way to her new home with us! It took time with the rest of the herd, but they did quite well in accepting her, so she found her place rather quickly. We had some "trust" issues with her at first, she was very nervous of new objects coming at her, haltering & putting the lead on her. She was very afraid. Slowly she began to trust us & accept that we were her friends. As time went on, she overcame most of those fears & has become the sweetest little pony with so much character to her! She is a different horse from the day she first arrived. She keeps a sweet spirit about her. She's one you can cuddle right up to & she'll cuddle you right back.
Roo is a kind hearted 26 year old Grey Quarterhorse.
He began his work teaching children to ride over 7 years ago. He is a trust worthy kind gelding that aims to please his handler. As a yearling Roo broke his coffin bone in his hoof and spent most of his life in a pasture until he was 12 years old. Although he has days when he may be sore and unable to ride, Roo has an amazing way of staying connected and reaching deep into peoples hearts. Roo also has other days he is able to escort Gods little ones on an amazing trail ride adventure. He truly is an invaluable team member and a true gentleman that touches hearts wherever he goes.
Trace came to us from a home that rode hard and didn't give him time to connect with people. He is a very big-hearted 22 year old Chestnut Quarter Horse that loves attention. Wether on the ground or in the saddle this horse gives 110% to whomever he is with. He mends hearts, touches the soul and is just a wonderful teammate!
Jack is a character. He is a 12 year old Sorrel and White Paint horse gelding. Jack was a late bloomer in life due to inadequate nutrition as a youngster. He has made up for lost time and has become a beautiful horse inside and out! He will put a smile on the face of even the deepest hurts as his heart is huge and he loves to be close and a part of everything!
"B" for short
Beloved is a 7 year old Bay Gelding. We believe he is an Arabian/Quarter/Morgan cross. He is a smart fella who has a bubble but once you gain his trust he is putty in your hands. He aims to please and likes to play with the zippers on your jacket. "B" gives his all and then some! Please consider sponsoring this horse so that he may work on his bubble to get closer to those God sends.
Gracie is a fun loving 5 year old Morgan mare that loves to be funny. She is a kind hearted girl who loves her scratches. Her life before coming to the farm was not so kind. She was treated with rough hands and was not properly fed. Since coming to live with us 2 years ago she has grown into a big, beautiful girl who is looking to contiune touching hearts as she has touched all of ours!
Our "Equine Angel's" Who Have Gained Their Wings ~
Our Beloved "Charee"
Our Beloved "Duke"