MEET YOUR EQUINE COACHES
Doc’s Roan Cat, mostly known as “Harley” is a 17 year-old American Quarter Horse who came into my life several years ago. Her previous owner was a barrel racer, but Harley’s heart just was not into competition. She was given the barn name “Harley” because her owner had to sell his Harley Davidson motorcycle to buy her. Since my father sold Harley Davidson bikes a long time ago I fell in love with the name and with her. When she came to live with me Harley was very anxious. She would flinch if you reached up to touch her. After a few years of being able to live as a horse she became very comfortable and content around people. In 2016 she contracted a disease which left her blind in one eye. After a short adjustment period and with help from her pasture mate, Luke, she regained her confidence. It seems her diminished sight has heightened her other senses and has increased her coaching abilities. She reads human emotion like a book and she’s waiting to read your story.
"My horse's feet are as swift as rolling thunder He carries me away from all my fears And when the world threatens to fall asunder His mane is there to wipe away my tears"
In the spring of 2020 a pony was found barely surviving in a stock trailer. He was so malnourished from neglect and abuse it took the two angel women that discovered him seven hours to get him up on his feet. They contacted a vet and arrangements were made to transport him to Randy’ Rescue Ranch in O’Fallon, Illinois. Once there he was given the medical attention he needed along with correct nutrition and lots of love. In a few short months he was healthy, sassy and ready to come to his forever home.
Soon after his arrival to our farm in Alhambra, it was time for a thorough vet check, which included a dental examination. This exam revealed that he is a lightweight when it comes to sedation (see photo) and that he was at least 30 years old. He has very few teeth, therefore is fed soaked hay cubes, which he enjoys immensely twice a day. He has just enough teeth to nibble on apple pieces and other soft treats.
Despite his history of deplorable neglect and abuse he suffered by humans, he still chooses to connect with humans. He is an old soul who loves kids and anyone else that will give him love and belly scratches. He has his eye on you and he would love to meet you!
"Look back at our struggle for freedom, Trace our present day's strength to its source;
And you'll find that man's pathway to glory is strewn with the bones of the horse."