The horses of High Mountain are our partners and friends.
They are the most integral tool at reaching hearts and teaching safe, fun lessons and sessions. Each horse has its own unique personality. Each has their own story and way of reaching individuals. All horses at High Mountain are trained using Relational Horsemanship which is a more natural way of training horses based on trust and respect. While our clients personal information is confidential and we can't share them with you for personal sponsorships, YOU can however sponsor one of the horses through our Adopt-A-Horse program. You help sponsor the horses needs so that they can then meet the needs of numerous clients and students.
Smoke is the matriarch of our herd. We've owned Smoke since 1998. She is now 23 years old. She is beautiful American Paint horse. She has blessed us with 3 amazing off-spring and 2 grand-children that are now a part of the High Mountain program. She is a kind, confident leader within the herd but also very kind to students. Smoke has helped many students learn about horses and build their confidence. She is a very willing partner.
Angel was Smoke's first daughter. She is 16 years old and also an American Paint Horse. She is so very special. Her unique look of being almost all white with her cute lil medicine hat and gentle but sensitive blue eyes requires her to have some special care. However, it often also gives her a special way of standing out and touching the lives of a child who also feels strangely unique.
Day-C was Smoke's second daughter born in 1999 and we are very blessed to have her as part of or family and the program. She's kind but a bit bashful. She helps students learn how to truly build trust. While she is bashful at first, once she sees your heart she gives you hers too. She is athletic, strong and kind. She is a natural born alpha horse so she is great at being patient to start but then expecting her humans to step up as leader or she says if they won't then eventually she will. She helps individuals grow in confidence and consistent, relaxed leadership.
Pete the maginficent horse pony is cherished by all who meet his sassy, fun, cuteness. Pete is an Icelandic horse, Welsh pony cross - We think. LOL He is now about 25 years old with the heart of a teenager and the desire to be a thoroughbred. His old age, and many students have led to him sometimes testing if students are trully the leader of the herd of two but always with a fun loving and ultimately cooperative attitude. One of his favorite past-times is to run truly fast laps around the playground and pretend he's a racer.
Mister Mouse is a fiesty lil fellow that is still a work in progress, but aren't we all? The young lady that we bought him from feels he had no care and probably abuse, his responses seem to say the same. However just like each of us may have a troubled past it does not determine our future. We know Mister Mouse has a loving bright future ahead. He has already made a lot of progress and his untrusting "wild" nature has already been used by God. Mister Mouse has already been used several times in Equine Assisted Therapy with veterans to help them learn how to better and truly relax and breath through stress and how to be patient with themselves and patient with building trust. We know Mouse will help many more. We hope to eventually possibly use him to visit Veterans in nursing homes as a lil champion of love and peace but we need sponsors to help make that possible.
Katrina is a super loving and kind paint mare that is about 23 years old. She came to us feisty and flighty from the home where she lived alone and was usually on guard as her only guardian and leader but has transformed into a gentle and loving partner. Her original plan was to be a barrel racing horse but a severe hock injurty shortly after we brought her home halted that plan. Instead she is now a relaxing, massage loving teacher to the hurting. After so many years alone she knows the value of friendship and the herd.
Sadie is the first daughter of the beautiful Angel. Her father was a full quarter horse and looks like her dad instead of her mom. She is one of the most light and sensitive horses that we have. She is quick to teach students excellence and how to exhibit true, kind, understanding leadership. She doesn't like to be "yelled at" thru intense or demanding body language. She responds willingly to confident, kind leadership. She's a special gem at High Mountain.
Sermon is a very special partner for High Mountain and Christina the director. He is Smokes third and final foal. He is 13 years old and just a more handsome version of his mom, Smoke. Sermon is used in special demonstrations for the community and students. He is one of the most willing partners High Mountain has and does a great job showing the strong results of applying Relational Horsemanship and honoring God in all you do.
PLAY PLAY PLAY! That is what Lexie is all about. She is the second daughter of Angel and took on her mom's most playful and super smart personality. Lexie loves to play with her partners and enjoys being challenged and having fun.
In Honor of Samson - who runs now in the heavenly herd. From Colorado to Kentucky to Florida, Sam served God and people
Sam was our super gentle giant. He ws donated by a dear friend who rescued him when he was being abused as a youngster. Sam is our hugest asset. He is a Percheron-Quarter horse cross. He excelled in reaching the hearts of the hurting, the young, and the (dis)abled. He was talented in so many ways and impacted so many hearts here at High Mountain. When his donor and heart human, who had moved out of babes at home and various life stages called and said they were starting a new program in Florida for veterans we knew we had to let Sam and his original rescuer restore their relationship and impact lives together. He left us winter 2018. It is with very sad hearts that we share that Sam went to be with Jesus Dec of 2019. We are so glad his original Mama was able to have the final years with her heart horse and he with is rescuing heart human. Sam was a teacher and healer too many. We will honor him always,