Hello, my name is Cheval, which is French for horse. I am a Perchon Draft -Quarter horse mix, so as you can imagine, I’m one of the larger horses here at O.A.T.S. I am a strong, independent, beautiful chestnut mare. I am 22 years young, and I am the “Diva” the “Queen” of O.A.TS!! I am 17 hands tall and a lady never reveals how much she weighs! Before coming to O.A.T.S I was at another local barn walking the trails.
I am a sassy yet classy gal. I share space with George and my brother Motown.
Grace was adopted from Horses Haven in February 2022 and donated to O.A.T.S. by one of our most generous and dedicated supporters. Grace, a 16 year-old Draft cross, is a true beauty and a welcome addition to the O.A.T.S. Family. She will be primarily used in our therapeutic program for riders who will stay on lead. Be sure to check in on Grace to see her progress.
Before her arrival at O.A.T.S., this beautiful 18 year-old Belgian known as Grace was rescued by Starry Skies Equine Rescue and Sanctuary. Grace spent most of her life working on an Amish farm. It is believed that Grace lost her partner and was heart broken. Unable to work, Grace found herself at Starry Skies where volunteers helped nurse her back to health. In February 2022 O.A.T.S. Barn Manager, Scott Hovind, noticed Grace on Starry Skies Facebook Page and after a couple of visits Grace was adopted and joined the O.A.T.S. Family.
But why is her name Liberty?
Just a few short weeks before Grace was adopted, another horse joined the O.A.T.S. Family and her name is... Grace. Having two different horses with the same name on the farm can get confusing really fast. Therefore, one of them would have to change their name. Since Grace from Starry Skies was new to the farm she was selected for the new name. Scott knew almost immediately that this lovely, strong and incredibly tall lady deserved the name of Liberty.
Today Liberty is at peace in her new surroundings. Instead of mournful pacing, Liberty enjoys naps in the sun with her new girlfriends and Motown.
My name is Motown, but I like to be called Moe. I am a draft horse and I do most of the heavy lifting around here at O.A.T.S. I weigh close to 2000 pounds and I stand almost 17 hands tall. Believe it or not though, I am not the tallest guy here at O.A.T.S. That award goes to my friend Mickey. I think it is funny when the smallest children choose me as their horse to ride. I can hardly tell they are even on my back. But I’m always very careful to make sure that they don’t fall off. I think that’s an important part of my job.
In my previous life, I was a police horse, so I don’t let anyone push me around. But the truth is, I’m really a big softie. I’m very gentle and I get along with most of the other horses, volunteers, and insturctors but I truly love and get along with all of my riders. Sometimes I can be very stubborn. When you weigh 2000 pounds you can kind of get away with whatever you want. My handlers have learned how to use a lead line to encourage me. I also tend to be kind of lazy and sometimes I have to be coaxed to “walk on”. The truth is that what I really like to do is stay in my pasture eating grass and hay. But I understand the important job I have here at O.A.T.S., so I don’t mind too much when I’m asked to work.
I must confess, I do have some problems with my buddy George when chases me away from my hay. George is smaller than me, but I let him get away with this behavior just to keep peace in the pasture. My sister’s name is Cheval, and she is beautiful. We grew up together, but then she went to another stable to work for a while. I was so happy when she came to O.A.T.S. She is just about as big as me (she’s a draft horse, too). I love to hang out with Cheval and eat grass. What could be better than eating my favorite food with my best girl? I am very happy at O.A.T.S. Everyone is very nice to me.