Cat is one of the main reasons Whispering Grace Horses became a reality. She is a registered thoroughbred that won $12,000.00 racing at various tracks across a three state area. Her owner simply ran out of the necessary funds to maintain her racing status as well as her health. She was approx 300 lbs underweight with little hair on her back when she was rescued by Mrs. Debra Sebolt, owner of Nickajack Farm. Thank goodness for Debbie’s insight and kindness. After introductions, Debbie asked Bill if he might want to work with her. Debbie said, “at least come look at her.” So Emalee, Bill’s young six year old granddaughter, Debbie, and Bill walked down to the pasture and after seeing Cat she lifted up her head from eating and gave us a kind of “Hey there, I’m really tired and really hungry” look. After little thought, Bill and Emalee made an emotional decision that would change their lives. Cat was purchased and became a member of our family and has shown us all the meaning of HOPE and a willingness to TRY when asked to do things she never dreamed of doing as a thoroughbred. Thank You Cat! A horse can change lives, Cat is the living example of just that!
Lucy is an Appendix which is a Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred mix. After the purchase of Cat, we looked at over 30 horses to add to our family and fill the necessary job description of Equine Counselor, not only for our family but also for others. Again, so underweight, so mangy looking, but somehow Marcia knew this was the horse we were so diligently seeking. Lucy is a “Gem.” Lucy was very much introverted with little personality other than simply wanting to eat. We still laugh at that ability of Lucy to eat, but yet seriously she has stolen our hearts. Her willingness to please us and those who have come to know her is simply amazing! From young to old Lucy simply does not care. She is smart, listens to others problems like a true professional, and now shines with so much excitement. She seems to understand that she like Cat is changing lives.
Registered Quarter Horse Doc came into our lives in 2012. Doc has been on
the move since he was two moving from owner to owner. He grew up in the stockyards of Kentucky sorting cattle. He has “cow horse” in his bloodlines which drew me to him, but just like our other Equine Counselors no one person wanted Doc’s services for very long. He is small and very athletic. When we purchased him at a private sale he was very introverted, yet after riding him, he showed us such promise. Since that time he has simply blossomed. He remains so athletic yet so willing to be with us. No matter where we go in the stall or in the pasture setting we look around and Doc is right at our shoulder. He is great around all who visit him, and now his outgoing horsenality makes just about everyone laugh. He seems to “skip” into whatever we ask him to do. His versatility along with a pleasing disposition makes him such a welcome addition to Whispering Grace Horses! Doc just seems to be telling us, “Look at me, Look at me!”
Well number 5 of our herd has arrived and what an arrival she has made. Again, she is another save from the Sugar Creek Kill Sale. Maybe, now this is hard to say, (as many might tell you) she might be the most affectionate horse we have ever been around! She has the most "willing" yet "cautious" attitude approach to new tasks she has never performed in her life and yet she responds in a way that is hard to explain. She is learning to trust and that word trust would certainly be a new word in her horse vocabulary. We believe she was directed in some fashion to find Whispering Grace Horses. She is in our first stall at the barn for now and can be found either eating from her portagrazer or with her head out of the stall just hoping for her next rub. She is a beauty and we are looking for big things to come for "Dreamer" (her barn name)...Thanks for finding your way to us Dreamer
Another addition to the Whispering Grace Horses Herd has found her new home. She, as a few others under the same roof, was scheduled to be sold at the Sugar Creek Kill sale. We were fortunate to find her and she has proven day after day that she is more than willing to share the rest of her life with the families at our farm. She is a small petite snowflake pattern appaloosa with a petite head but her quiet disposition is what sealed the deal, as she displayed an almost take me....please...attitude when we looked at her, played with her, and rode her. She shadows our families as they take her from her stall or the pasture and seems to reflect "Is this for real?'" "Have I hit the jackpot or what?" Grace, as we call her, is indeed just another reflection that Hope is alive at Whispering Grace Horses and that if we take the time to show what we really feel the results can be truly amazing! The affection she shows for our children and parents alike has been remarkable to watch. Thank you Grace for simply being ...YOU!
Freedom Farm @ WGH is very fortunate to latch onto a valuable guy named Tobias( Goodness of God). barn name Toby. A grey was the hope of some of our key volunteers and Toby certainly delivered in that respect. He has been a few places prior to finding his forever home. Just his coat of scars tells its own story. We are guessing his experiences have been many and his scars show those close calls we believe came his way. His attitude is one that shows he truly needs to trust before he can show who he really is , and when he does, wow what a horse. Easy to handle, easy to control, once he understands you need him as much as he needs the right person. Toby is a keeper, no doubt about that, but to be sure he will pick out who he chooses to be work with as many of our equine counselors do on a steady basis. Welcome to your new home Toby. We are hoping no more scars come your way.
Well another story unfolds and another horse begins his new life with Freedom Farm @ WGH. Thanks to Chad and Christiana Wenger from C and C Horsemanship, Jesse is now a part of Freedom Farm @ WGH where his awesome attitude can be shared by the men and women who have given so much to preserve our own freedom. Jesse is one of the friendliest horses we have ever been around. He was to be part of a high end ranch horse sale in Wyoming but due to a serious bone inury and a bone graft on that leg was performed. The result of that proceure left serious scaring. Therefore, we visited their facility to look at Jesse and an agreement was reached to gift him to Freedom Farm @ WGH. What a gift Jesse has become. People shake their heads as Jesse simply cannot leave us alone. He wants to be a part of every activity and every conversation. That is Jesse! Just a guy wanting to help every situation he is exposed to, with love and humor only a horse can provide. Don't judge Jesse. Gifts like Jesse are difficult to find! Thank you, Chad and Christiana. There is no doubt that Jesse will be helpling to change lives on a daily basis.
Well our newest and smallest arrivals for sure have landed at Freedom Farm @ WGH. The Captain and Bunny room together and we may add there is plenty of room left over in their new quarters. They literally, depending whom you talk to, have become the talk of the barn. Little in size but strong in their presence, these two are something else. Quiet in nature and very popular with the younger generation they make us all laugh as they wander the grounds of Freedom Farm @ WGH. They are not related, but Captain D(the smaller of the two) takes his name quite seriously, and Bunny was born on Easter so her name is quite appropriate. They are fantastic additions to the farm and will hold a very important postion as they welcome new arrivals both young and old to this glorious atmosphere at Freedom Farm @ WGH. Just a reminder to future visitors, you have to bend over the stall to know they are really there, but once seen they will wander over to greet you for sure.
All of our horses seem to bring with them their own story. Boots on the Ground (Barn name -Boots) is no exception. This guy had a tough time with some medical issues before he found his "forever" home. He was purchased by a great young man we have come to appreciate in our lives. That young man's name is Jake Masters. He purchased Boots from the same place we bought Doc Spankin Hickory. Boots had just gotten over a devastating medical disorder called Strangles. He fought through it bravely but then further complications were discovered by Jake. Rather than simply selling him to us Jake chose to doctor Boots to good health, and that he did as he delivered him to Freedom Farm @ WGH safe and ready to serve the men and women who have fought through many of their own personal battles. Boots was an immediate success. This horse carefully chooses whom he trusts. When that trust is established he discovers pals he will never forget and be assured those pals now will remember this brave horse like no other. We thank you Jake Masters for showing just how the relationship between a human and a horse can reap such huge benefits.