We are committed to enhancing the health, longevity and happiness of all our horses
Our first two rescues: Princess, an Arabian/Morgan mare, was severely malnourished and had a terrible case of rain rot on her back from lack of shelter. She is still a bit leery of storms and has some lingering fears around starvation. We are working through these with her. Geronimo, a hackney gelding, was also malnourished and suffered from severe anxiety. He was housed in an undersized stall. A halter was put on him when he was young. He grew but the halter didn't. When he was rescued the halter was embedded in his head. Geronimo became known as the wild pony and would not let anyone touch him.
Princess and Geronimo were saved by Lindsay Rhoades and her mom Lori Cawood. We are super grateful for these two Animal Angels. The ponies came to The Farm Way in June of 2012.
Princess and Geronimo in 2013 at The Farm Way Sanctuary
Food Nourishes. Love Heals.
Food Nourishes. Love Heals.
When the ponies came to us, princess was halter broke and Geronimo, well, wild pony summed him up perfectly. Today, we ride Princess. Geronimo allows us to touch his entire body and accepts a saddle. Not a rider, yet. He may never. This is okay with us. Everyone is encouraged to be who they truly are here on the farm.
In June of 2013, our third rescue arrived on The Farm. His given name was Kit. He was also starved and neglected. Our dear friend and farrier, Chuck Milburn and his wife, Wendy fed and loved him back to health so beautifully. The only sign left behind is a small scare on his hind left leg. Chuck started to train him for Civil War Re-enactment, where Chuck is a Major in the 10th Illinois Volunteer Cavalry. Kit just wasn't up to war. He can run, boy oh boy can he run, but he likes to do it on his own terms. This just doesn't work in war re-enactments. Chuck turned to us with an opportunity to house Kit. This just affirmed our desire to start The Farm Way Sanctuary. Today, we call him Hero because he is our Hero. He is so gentle and patient. We have all changed because of him. We needed his peaceful confidence to help us along in our horsemanship ways. People who knew Kit, the stubborn boy who raised heck when someone tried to force him to run, are a bit surprised at how gentle Hero has become. Here, at The Farm Way Sanctuary, it is paramount for everyone to be able to be who they truly are. As soon as we recognized Hero wasn't a war horse his whole nature changed. Now, he happily takes riders of all levels on adventures with him.
Our herd (Summer of 2017). Pictured Left to Right: Remington (aka, Tucker) our Gentle Giant who embodies everything gentleman like; BeBe our Queen Matriarch; directly behind is Princess, she helps us see the magic of life; Charly, our mighty miniature horse that expresses all the power of an emperor requesting us adults to bow in order to touch him (true story); Kitty Sunshine, sorrel and white face beauty; Gypsy Queen, black and white paint who happily greets everyone; Luna, The Farm Way has taken to calling her Marguerite (Child of Light) for she has so graciously stepped into our Lead Mare position; Geronimo, he is indeed our Love Warrior; Hero, he is everything his name represents and more. Hidden in the picture Dandy behind Nicole taking the photo. TJ and Suzi, our Goldies were hanging in our yard. That makes 12. We are so honored to be the guardians of these beautiful sacred animals.
Little Miss Mandy and Charly.