Here are just a few of our horses, please stop by the barn to meet all of them in person!
REGISTERED NAME: She’s So Flashy
BREED: Registered American Quarter Horse
AGE: Born March 2006 in Georgia
FLASHY’S STORY: Thanks to the generosity of the Klapperich family, Flashy has been a long term free lease horse since 2011. She is a favorite of many due to her calm and patient demeanor when being ridden.
Flashy works well with many kinds of riders including therapeutic riders, English lesson students, summer campers, and field trips. She also really enjoys trail rides, especially when she can go with a friend! In the hot weather, she loves getting long baths. Some of her distinguishing marks include a star, strip and snip on her face which makes it easy to recognize her. She loves being brushed, massaged and getting lots of love!!!
BREED: Quarter Horse
AGE: Born in 2002
FUN FACT: Ruthie, another Happy Hooves and Eden Farms lesson horse, is Twiggy's daughter!
TWIGGY'S STORY: Twiggy is owned by veterinarian Amy Lawson, and she and Ruthie are part of our free-lease program. Dr. Lawson brought both horses to Happy Hooves several years ago because she knew that their quiet temperament and sweet natures would make them excellent partners in our therapy program.
Standing only 12 hands 3 inches tall, Twiggy has been the smallest horse at the barn for years and her small size makes her a perfect first horse for young children and even older children who need help from volunteer side-walkers to maintain their balance during a lesson.
You can always identify Twiggy easily because of her two brands on her left side. On her shoulder is the Christian fish symbol, and on her hip is the brand of Circle L Ranch where she used to live.
BREED: Belgian Draft
REBECCA’S STORY: This sweet Belgian mare has been with Eden Farms since it opened in 2001 and weighs almost 1600 pounds!
Rebecca’s parents are Martha and Jerry, two draft horses Amy Goudelock bought in Charleston. She was trained to pull the wagon through basic reining with a large tire but did not progress further because she began doing more lessons here at Eden Farms. She now does both able-bodied and therapy lessons, as well as trail rides.
Rebecca is the Alpha Mare at Eden Farms and only goes out with her one true love: Zacchaeus, a 400lb miniature Sicilian donkey! She is the favorite horse and namesake of Barn Manager Becky Sweeney, and was trained onsite by Becky and her sister Jenny. She continues to be conditioned and schooled by Eden Farms instructors, and has turned into a valuable therapy, trail, endurance, vaulting, jumper and Dressage horse!
Asher is one of the newest members of the Eden Farms and Happy Hooves family. He is a 15.1 hand 17-year old paint gelding. He does hunter/jumper lessons, trail rides, and just started doing therapeutic riding lessons as well. He is already a favorite with several of our Happy Hooves students! Asher is very sweet and loves getting hugs from his riders.
Jitterbug is another new member of our Eden Farms and Happy Hooves family. She is a 21 year old pony mare and is 11.2 hands tall. She does hunter/jumper lessons and will start doing therapeutic riding lessons soon as well. Jitterbug enjoys attention and loves to be petted. We are so excited she is here!
REGISTERED NAME: Steel Magnolia
BREED: Tennessee Walking Horse
AGE: Born May 19, 1997
MAGGIE'S STORY: Maggie is one of the original Goudelock family horses who helped them found Eden Farms. Her father was a paint Tennessee Walking Horse, and the family hoped that she would be, too. Instead, she is black with a beautiful long black mane. Many of the children affectionately call her “Black Beauty” or “Beautiful Maggie.” Can’t complain about that, right?
Maggie was born with a club foot. The Goudelocks had it repaired with surgery. Over the years, she has developed scar tissue on her front left leg where the surgery was done. This has been an amazing connection between her and Happy Hooves riders who have also had a club foot or other leg issues!
Because she’s a Tennessee Walking Horse, Maggie has a much faster pace and is a joy to ride on our 160 acres of trails! She is mostly used for trail rides, summer camps, and Equine Assisted Learning. Maggie is Chessy’s younger sister.
Have you ever wondered why there’s an extra clip on Maggie’s outside stall door? Maggie can skillfully use her lips to unlock it and get out! When she did sneak out of her stall in the past, she would just stand right in front of barn and graze!
IN MEMORY OF TONKA
BREED: Appaloosa/Percheron Cross
AGE: 1991 - 2020
COLOR: Black with white spots on his back
TONKA'S STORY: Tonka was the beloved horse of Helen Corontzes, who passed away in 2006 in a tragic car accident. After that tragedy, the Corontzes family started a non-profit foundation, Helen's Hugs, to help special needs children to connect with horses at Eden Farms in Dacusville. Tonka was donated to Eden Farms and was one of the horses that the children would ride in the non-profit therapeutic equestrian center, Happy Hooves.
Tonka did it all: dressage, jumping, trail rides, birthday parties, summer camps, and many, many therapeutic riding lessons. He made a difference in the lives of so many. This gentle giant slowly and surely calmed the nerves and desensitized riders with autism. He helped people with multiple sclerosis and cerebral palsy leave their wheelchairs and walkers at the mounting ramp and feel the rocking sensation of walking: something that so many of us take for granted. Tonka had a strong and steady neck for hugs (and tears!) and was such a solid rock in the lives of at risk youth. In May 2013, Tonka was honored as a Health Care Hero Service Animal Finalist by the Greenville/Spartanburg/Anderson Business Association.
Our newly renovated handicapped accessible playground, Tonka’s Trail, is named after him and he has brought smiles to so many. Thanks to the dedication and generosity of Leadership Greenville Class 45 and Helen's Hugs, our 18 year-old playground is completely redone with 3 slides, over 40 feet of a hands-on sensory integration fence, 6 various new swings, an observation tower and walkway and more!
We praise the Lord for Tonka’s life and know that he is free of pain and in heaven with Helen.
BREED: Miniature Sicilian Donkey
Zacchaeus serves three important roles at Eden Farms:
1. The Welcoming Committee Chairman. When new horses come to the barn, they are kept in quarantine for several weeks before being allowed to join the other horses in the main barn. Because horses are such social animals, this can be a stressful time. They could get lonely and might need a friend. Zacchaeus puts the new horses at ease by providing this much needed companionship. Many of the horses in the barn have become quite attached to him.
2. Best Supporting Actor in the Live Nativity at Christmastime. Don’t miss his performance at our annual family friendly fundraiser for Happy Hooves: Christmas at the Barn!
3. Birthday Party Donkey. Zach loves to meet the special birthday party boy or girl and all their friends! He is just the right size and a popular stop on our barn tour. Since 2001, he stands patiently to be petted. When you walk away, he may give you his famous “bray” asking you to come back and give him more attention!