Retired and Well Loved
Above the Moon
Bud is the stocky, white (well, actually grey) horse at Horsefeathers. He is on his third and favorite career of his life, after working as a carriage horse in Indianapolis and then an Amish work horse. His easy-going personality and slow movement made him a great candidate for therapeutic riding. Bud is a Percheron and Morgan cross, which gives him the sturdiness of a draft horse at a height we can sidewalk for hippotherapy. Bud is making up for lost time after never having his own person to love him and truly appreciates all the attention and most of all petting he gets now at Horsefeathers. We would like to thank Patty for rescuing him from a very negative situation (slaughter) that he would have ended up in without her intervention. Thanks to Helena Lee for sponsoring his rescue fee to be part of Horsefeathers.
Name: Peter Pan
Peter Pan is an adorable, kind, fuzzy, seal brown pony. He came to Horsefeathers after working with a Park District program, doing pony rides, and in a petting zoo. With plenty of experience working with kids, he adjusted quickly to working with our extra special ones. His size is great for our little ones and we are very excited to have him in our herd. When you’re riding Peter Pan and you think of your “happy thought” you just might be able to fly, just like the original Peter Pan – something we adults may never know, but the little guys will, and we will just need to take their word on it.
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Scatman and Big Red
Scat and Red Began Horsefeathers: 2008 / Crossed the Rainbow Bridge: 2012
Scatman, a sweet chestnut with a roany stripe and two hind socks, was one of the best hippotherapy horses anyone could ask for. Big Red – tall, red, and handsome – was a fuzzy chestnut with a large star and one small sock, and a gentle giant in therapeutic riding. Scat and Red both came to Horsefeathers after distinguished careers with the Chicago Mounted Police; their training and experience there was perfect preparation for all the unexpected sights and sounds of a Therapeutic Riding program.
By nature a very kind and extremely patient horse, Scat taught many children and adults how to ride; he even helped one of our instructors pass her NARHA certification test. Red’s quiet, smooth, slow moving temperament and remarkable patience for all of his riders – and a fondness for big hugs from people who love him – made him a big, big, favorite.
Together they became the beloved elder statesmen of the barn, continuing a fine tradition of worth-their-weight-in-gold retired Police Horses in the Horsefeathers program. Red and Scat thrived on their work in therapeutic riding – and receiving so much affection – and then enjoyed their “second retirement” grazing in the pasture. These two best friends will always be remembered with love and appreciation, irreplaceable in our hearts.