Most of the horses at Back of Beyond are rescued or retired show horses. Their riding days are over. They still, however, have much to give and many things to teach people, young and old. For the horses who call this place home, Back of Beyond offers a safe haven, a gentle hand, and a life purpose.
Our Sponsor Program
Sponsoring the care of one of our horses enables us to ensure quality care for them and offer a free Missions program to those in need. Your support will help with the cost of feed, bedding, hoof trimming, vaccinations and veterinarian bills.
You will be welcome to come visit your chosen horse during program hours, we just ask that you arrange the visit with us so that we can be sure to accommodate you.
Apollo rules - he is the top horse over all of Back of Beyond. He is getting older now, but even so, in his mind he is young.
He came as a boarder years ago belonging to someone else - his personality was large but his owner outgrew him and was happy to settle him at Back of Beyond.
Apollo is a great teaching horse and an excellent leader. He takes care of his herd really well and is best friends with Major. He is always up for a good brush and loves to participate in arena activities. He does not like the hose or fly spray!
Velvet came to Back of Beyond from the SPCA and right away had her foal Tilly. Velvet wanted to have her foal outside where she had lived all her life, but Cathy insisted she have the baby indoors.
Velvet has a weight issue and needs periodic medication to help her stay healthy. Velvet is really friendly and adores being brushed. She will stand anywhere, anytime to be brushed. Her fluffy mane is one of her most striking features and needs lots of brushing.
She loves being with her horsey friends and will participate in arena activities if one of her friends is with her.
Major is a gentle giant. A bouncy old Belgian. Major used to pull logs in the bush before his life at Back of Beyond. Once he came to us he loved pulling our sleighs until his retirement last year.
Major is quite old for a draft horse (probably well over 25!) He is starting to need a softer diet and extra food because his teeth are wearing out.
Major is a good friend of Beau and looks out for him in the herd. Despite his size and bit of bounce major loves to be brushed. Can look quite handsome with his blonde mane and tail.
Beau is really striking with his black and white coat and two blue eyes. Beau’s story is a little sad. He was abandoned in a field when somebody found him and saved him. We heard about him and his situation and brought him home to Back of Beyond.
Once Beau came to Back of Beyond we found out he had really bad teeth – he’d never gone to the dentist before! Once we fixed that he flourished. He has quite the bounce in his step despite his older age (well into his twenties) and some foot issues that require front shoes.
Beau is very friendly and loves people… most of the time. He does not like to be bossed around. He prefers a gentle, respectful handler and responds to them with perfect manners.
Before Muffin came to live with us she belonged to a little girl with Autism. Muffin was a very special pony to her, however, since Muffin is so small the little girl outgrew her. So Muffin needed a new home.
Once Muffin came to Beyond of Beyond she settled right in and quickly found lots of new children her size to love her. With new children coming each year Muffin will never be outgrown again.
Muffin has Cushing’s disease and requires medication every day. Left untreated she would not survive. Muffin is just like her name, cute and cuddly. She loves to be brushed and is really steady and quiet. Despite her small size Muffin is a strong contender in her herd, proving that small is mighty!
Jackson came to Back of Beyond as a retired show jumper with really sore front feet. Over the years we have him back to being barefoot (no shoes) and he is pretty happy. He is really big (17 hands) and requires a lot of extra food to maintain his weight especially in his old age. His teeth are also getting worn out with age.
He is a really friendly horse and likes to connect with one or two people instead of large groups. Best friends with Damascus. Chestnut has some skin issues that require medications on a regular basis.
He is really enjoying his retirement and has made some special connections at Back of Beyond.