Barn Name: “BUTTERCUP”
Registered Name: Baby Bear Teddy
2006 Mare AMHR Currently Measures 34.50”
She is a Red Dun with a white mane and tail. She’s a pretty mare with the best disposition. She is a good mamma which makes our job training her foals so much easier! Her foals are the perfect size for therapy, saddle pony, or for pulling carts. She is one of our favorite brood mares and we currently have 4 of her babies on site. Which include; Sunshine, Little Red, Diamond, and Gemma. These horses will remain here to be part of our ranch programs. Buttercup is also cart trained for single or double, and saddle trained by the Amish folks up north near Sedalia, MO. She is easy to manage and is willing to do anything we ask of her. She has been used in birthday parties, and is gentle with kids. She is currently in foal to our new stallion Spot. I’m thinking that’s gonna be a good one for sure!
By sponsoring one or more WPR therapy ponies, you are partnering directly with this healing ministry by contributing to the care of these life-changing animals–their foods, veterinary care, farrier, as well as contributing to the operating and construction costs of the retreat facility. As a WPR sponsor, you will receive a hoof-signed, frame-able picture of your sponsor horse(s) and a personalized autographed copy of Nita Horn’s new memoir, No Fences: It Started with a Plastic Pony, all about the childhood vision that led to the 280-acre Whispering Ponies Ranch.
Whispering Ponies Ranch is a private retreat center where horses are trained for therapy uses and people of all ages attend by invitation for restorative ministries. All amenities—from food services and lodging to expert recreational and counseling staff—are provided at no cost.
Tom and Nita Horn envisioned WPR as a safe and inspirational environment where people can be rejuvenated or just relax for a few days to get refreshed. The therapy ponies of WPR visit places like veteran centers and care facilities and are used in public schools to help children with learning disabilities. Starting in the Fall of 2016, when the office complex is expected to be finished, groups will be able to use the facility for general retreat purposes (marriage encounters, writers’ breakaways, youth camps, and so on) but, as Dr. Horn says, “The heart and vision for the facility is primarily to focus on those who have somehow been hurt, abandoned, disabled, or abused.”