Chase is the smallest of the horses at the ranch. He stands just a few feet tall, but that doesn’t stop him from showing his big, mischievous personality. His coat is a beautiful auburn and he has a black mane, tail, and boots. When I think of Chase, I think of his spunk. When he first got to Blazing Hope, he would pull stunts, and once it took an hour to catch him after he ran away. Over time he has grown more comfortable at the ranch. Being here has given him space to get used to people for as he was previously neglected. Living in a pen with three ladies makes him feel like the man...the one in charge. I think the girls might have a different opinion, but they let him think he’s the boss. Sometimes Chase still darts away when you get close, but he keeps his attention on you, as if to say, “I’m here. I see you.”
Prince came to us in 2018 after having lost his person. The dear widow who had him and his herd mate wanted them to have a home where they would be loved and well taken care of. Prince was afraid of all people, with the exception of small children when he first came. It took hours of time dedicated to slowly approaching him and retreating before he became comfortable with humans in his space. At first, he was confused and afraid unless there was food involved. Since then, he has proven to be an amazing horse that is sensitive, gentle, and wants to please. He continues to struggle with trust but is curious and playful. Residents often connect with him because they resonate with his fear of people.
Grace, who came from the same place that Chase did, was given the name Grace because of the way she froze and let people pet her when she first got here. She was uncomfortable, but she stayed. She was neglected and treated as if she had no value. Grace is definitely valuable to the ranch and connects with people most when they are calm. She struggles with chronic arthritis in her hips and yet there’s a softness and peace to her fuzzy appearance that makes you want to hug her. When I look at her, the first word that comes to mind is “soft,” but the word that comes right after is, “strong.” She is both of those at once and wears them quite beautifully. Even if she does not let people close all the time, it is still so sweet to see the way the sun hugs her and highlights those wavy locks as she eats. Freedom looks good on her
Sundae stands tall. Her light brown and white coat sort of meet in the middle of her strong frame. Her name came from a child who, upon seeing her, stated that she looks like an ice cream sundae. Sundae is an introverted horse and seems to prefer off to the side, but she’s always listening and paying attention. Sundae isn’t scared of anything and is used to having energetic kids running around her. Although she is quiet and reserved, she has a playful and bold side that can be surprising. Sundae had been at her previous loving ranch for almost 6 years where she worked with children daily. Now, working with the residents of BHR, she bring a solid, calming presence. Though she deals with gut issues and skin tumors she is a beautiful soul and brings lots of joy and hope to the ranch.