Ranger is a flashy quarter horse/arab cross, born in 2004. He's just over 15 hands. He has the smoothest trot and sweetest canter in the barn.
When we met Ranger, he showed off in the most impressive way. He did everything we asked almost at the thought. We took him home knowing he would be the perfect horse for the herd. He started running the farm from about his second day home, and has a strong sense of his responsibility...running the farm.
Ranger has something to teach everyone that comes into the community.
Bree is a Freisian Sporthorse, born in 2003. Her strengths are...all of them. She is a very kind and discerning mare. In her life, she has pulled a cart, birthed 3 foals and been a riding horse.
Bree is very versatile. She rides in English or Western tack, and loves her bareback pad. She likes to ride outside and explore, but is content in the arena working on skills and relationships. Come to Bree with an open heart and you'll have her in your pocket.
Lilly is a nearly 16 hand bay roan, born in 2000. When Donnell found her, she was transitioning out of a children's lesson program. Since we met Lilly she has gone through a clear evolution and has emerged as a beautiful and patient teacher.
She is content inside the arena or out on the property, but she doesn't love a saddle. People who love to ride bareback love to ride Lilly. She's very kind and willing, and can trot for ages.
Fidelius is our Foxtrotter/Arab cross. He was born in 2004 and is just over 16 hands. He's a big guy with a big heart.
When Alison went horse hunting, she was looking for someone sensitive, and she found him in Fidelius. He is big on relationship and is a smooth ride. He's also the joker of the barn. He's the first to figure out how to get out of a stall and if there's a way to get a thing in his mouth, in his mouth it will be. He's a very social guy and has room in his heart for a lot of beings.
Mija is a 14 hand Arab born in 1998. She is the first horse that the sisters fell in love with when they got back into horses as adults. Mija is part of the inspiration for The Urban Herd.
People are drawn in by Mija's lovely eyes, and the eyes do not betray. Mija is one of our most well rounded horses, in terms of ability and training. She is also our oldest equine member and needs to be treated like the classy mare that she is. She doesn't just pop right out of bed anymore, but once she's warmed up, you'd never know she was getting to be a senior.
Bentley is our noble Standardbred, at just over 16 hands. He was born in 2003. When Ashley found him in 2012, he had had a short time on the racetrack, and a long time riding trails. He's also done his share of cow penning, which he did at a constant trot.
He is the kind of guy that rounds out every dinner party. He doesn't steal the spot light, and always has something to add to the conversation.
Misterio is a black Paso Fino, under 15 hands, born in 1998. We've never met another horse quite like him. Misterio comes from a high pressure past, and can hardly believe there are farms as laid back as Lawnacres. He's our newest herd member and is still getting used to the model.
Misterio is introverted and circumspect. He will only tolerate a calm presence, which makes him a vital addition to the herd. There is a horse here for every ability and every personality. All partnerships lie on the continuum of breadth - depth. Misterio is all about the deep.
We currently have a flock of 4 Pilgrim geese and an assorted number of chickens. The chickens free range about the property, so watch where you step!
After touring uncountable horse facilities, and prowling around farms for sale, we found a wonderful spot. In August of 2013, we moved onto Lawnacres. It was a surprisingly smooth adjustment from city life to country living.
Smooth in that Jennifer never looked back longingly at her city life. But 2013 was a scramble to turn ourselves into farmers overnight. By the end of the first year, the horses were happy and adjusted, and the property was nearly overrun with blackberries and nettles. We've been systematically reclaiming acreage, one bramble at a time. This year's project is revitalizing the raised beds to support more than our succulent strawberry crop.
It's amazing to see the unique beauty that each season brings. It's like having a whole different property every few months. As soon as you start to miss the daffodils, the wisteria starts to bloom and as those blossoms fall, the trees turn to fireworks. Then the hush of the first snow comes. Spring rain - rinse, repeat.