“Barn Name: “CHIGGER”
“Whispering Ponies Ranch possible” Registered Name: Champ’s Mini Chigger Queen
Actually, even though both sire & dam are registered, and her bloodlines go back to very famous lineage, CHIGGER is not and cannot be registered because she is a Dwarf Miniature Horse. AMHR / AMHA will not recognize her registration due to her dwarfism. Dwarfism is a genetic disorder that causes abnormally smaller stature in an individual of a species. . (Chigger’s sire, Champ, belongs to another farm and has been gelded since her birth.)
2012 Filly Currently Measures 18.05”
She is a solid Red Sorrell with a small star on her forehead. She has adorable soft eyes, and a fluffy red mane & tail. Her dwarfism has left her with a slight monkey bite, crooked legs and a typical “dwarfy” forehead. Chigger is currently one of our main therapy horses and although she is very small and physically ‘incorrect’, what she lacks in physical perfection, she makes up for in spirit. She brings a smile to every face big or small, and is a huge inspiration for everyone who meets her. As a dwarf, she has beat the odds for sure! Many dwarfs do not live very long due to heart and organ failure and arthritis and other bone issues. Chigger just celebrated her 4th birthday on March 3, 2016. We anticipate many more years with this adorable little fuzz ball of love! Go Chigger!
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.”