Barn Name: “DANDY”
Registered Name: Haven Lee’s Dandy
2001 Gelding AMHR Currently Measures 37.00”
Dandy is registered as a Grey horse with a grey mane and tail however, he matches perfectly with our Silver Dapple Team. He is the offspring of Sugar and Carlos but he favors his mamma’s looks with a well-rounded miniature draft style body, gorgeous thick white mane & tail, soft doe-like eyes, and lovely face. He is gentle and easy to manage and can be a bit laid back and he is never in a hurry! He is also cart & buggy trained, and drives single, double, and is the 2nd wheel horse in our matching Silver Dapple, 4-horse hitch! Because of his slow demeanor, we call Dandy the ‘anchor’ of the team. Dandy is the only one of the Silvers that is also ‘lead-line’ saddle trained, and he is really good with the kids! People love to brush his thick mane and tail just like his they do his mamma.
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.”