Most people think I look like a native American horse. I have what you call an ‘overo’ coat pattern. Overos have color over their backbone like bay, black, or sorrel – really any color but white. I have three different colors on my body – white, bay and black. I was born in Arkansas, but moved to Lone Jack when I was just a baby. My owners thought I had a four leaf clover spot on my lower lip, so they called me Charmer. They said I would bring them good luck. I am a mother of many foals so am naturally nurturing, a great fit for HorsePower students.
Before being a part of HorsePower, I belonged to a special lady who called me Star. When I got here, the volunteers thought it would be cute to call me Starbeth, short for ”Star of Bethlehem”. Since my coat is black and I have a huge white star on my forehead I am like the night sky and the bright shining star that was present when Jesus was born.
My first three years of life were not fun. People did not treat me nicely and I became very distrustful of humans. Lucky for me John & Marsha Beckwith saved me and spent the next 2 years giving me positive attention. They named me Rocky because it means “Restored” which they thought was good because of my strong spirit. I try really hard to do what is asked of me and I have a special love for kids. The Beckwiths believe God had a special plan for me from the very beginning – and now I am fulfilling that at HorsePower.
Pepe’s has always had a big personality, probably because he’s from Texas! He came to Kansas City in 2004 when he was a weanling and weighed a whopping 125 lbs. Pepe thinks he is just part of the herd, but he has a bigger job – donkeys are great at guarding the herd and protecting them from potential predators. Pepe was broke at 2 years old and adores hanging out with kids. Pepe is the instructor’s choice for demonstrations and kids are drawn to his attitude, giant ears and the heart shaped spot on his hindquarters.
Albie was a gift to HorsePower from Matt & Melisa McGraw. Albie originally came from North Dakota when he was just 3 years old. His full name is Albie A Showtime Boy, and he lives up to his name. He loves attention from two legged and four legged friends, including dogs and cats. He enjoys a good ear rub and won’t complain if you spend a little time rubbing his neck. He has learned a couple of tricks over the years – pushing a gate open and then coming along side the gate to shut it, taking a bow for a small treat, and most helpful, he comes running when he is called.
I was named after Napoleon’s horse “Marengo”. I am an old soul who likes to please and I am truly all that embodies the “Spirit of the Horse”. I have an “S” on my forehead which I guess you could say stands for “Super Horse”. My granddaddy was a blue ribbon champion at the American Royal. I also love carrots!
I’m one of the shyest in the herd even though I have ridden in parades and worked around livestock. HorsePower is great for helping rebuild my confidence, but I still prefer a soft touch and gentle, quiet movements. I’m one of the tallest in the herd and I’m also the reddest – kind of like the color of copper penny. Some horse people would call my coloring sorrel and some would say chestnut. I have white on my right, hind leg above my hoof and a few white hairs on my head. Maybe you can rub me there when I meet you.