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. He has grown more comfortable at the ranch. Being here has given him space to do that and get used to people for his previous owners neglected him. He was also very overweight because he was not well taken care of. After we found him, he stayed a few miles up the road where Karis Powell worked with him and loved him. Living in a pin 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.”
Dixie has a lovely red coat and a long, blond mane. She’s got a few bursts of white color...her bright spots. Dixie gifted to another ranch just one year ago. In many ways she has trouble with trusting. She may let you come close, but never seems to be fully comfortable with having you near. It is more of a tolerated tension at this point. Dixie was almost put down after having an injury from her laminitis that was so severe, she could barely walk. But here she is with us, walking a different kind of life now. She’s growing into what it feels like to feel truly safe and comfortable. Love and care and attention are constants as opposed to a constant lack of those things that some horses experience. She doesn’t acknowledge you blatantly, but every once in awhile she pulls her head up and locks onto you and lets you know that she sees you and that she is trying.
Grace, who came from the same place that Chase did, was given the name Grace because of the way she sort of froze up and let people pet her when she first got here. She was uncomfortable, but she stayed. Grace deals with a lot on a daily basis because of her laminitis and Cushing’s disease. She was neglected and treated as if she had no value. She is definitely valuable to the ranch. She is a white and brown paint, and the Cushing’s Disease makes her hair long and wavy, swirling in every direction. There’s a softness and peace to her appearance. Since being at the ranch, she has gotten more crotchety. There’s a certain level of freedom that comes with comfort and safety, and she is using it more and more. 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 sort of meet in the middle of her. All of the spots are in the right places. Sundae is a more introverted horse. She is okay with being alone or 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. Though she is quiet and reserved, she has a playful and bold side that can be surprising. After being lonely for so long, it makes sense that being alone feels more natural to her. She looks so calm, but it also looks like she is scheming and wondering when she can go over and eat from Dixie’s food, bumping her out of the way. Sundae had been at her previous loving ranch for almost 6 years now. Though she still deals with healing and laminitis she is a beautiful soul and brings lots of joy and hope to the ranch.