Meet the Crew

In Memory of Frosty

Born: March 17, 1998

Died: June 23, 2018

Frosty was one of the original members of the Equine Therapist Team.  His journey to us was one with its own challenges.  As a young colt, his ears were frost-bitten during a spring snowstorm.  His unique history earned him the name “Frosty.”  While he was part of our continued success, he also tested the limits.  He loved to be the feisty one, challenging everyone around him, including me!  However, he will always be remembered as part of our story’s beginning as a non-profit.  We will always miss his presence!  May he enjoy greener pastures in heaven.

JB

The Official Greeter

I’m the first one to welcome you to our amazing nonprofit!  I’m a seven-year-old black lab (along with a few unknown breeds).  My namesake is JB Mauney, a two-time world championship winning professional bull rider.  Mauney won the World Championship in 2013 and 2015.  He was also quoted as saying, “I love what I do, so it’s not really work for me.”  I feel like this sums up my entire attitude about what we do!  I also love my job of being the first friendly face you see!  Mauney also overcame a lacerated liver and broken ribs to ride bulls again in just four months.  Even though his doctors told him it would take him eight months!  I like to think that I share this rugged sense of determination and purpose!

Heart of Bleau

Equine Therapist

Greetings from the newest member of the team.  Chantey Walker made the decision to donate my services to BraveHearts in August of 2018. They call me the "Gentle Giant" or "Long Neck" because of my height, just over 16 hands high or 64 inches! But don't let my tall stature fool you, my demeanor is still very gentle.  The height comes in handy when reaching over the fence for that yummy grass. As you can see from my picture, I am quite talented at this!

I was born on May 29, 2005 in the state of Washington. My parents were named Bleau Onyx and La Deuce. I have quite the family history. Champions run in my family! My grandfather was a thoroughbred racehorse in Europe. I am a registered American Quarter Horse (#4725067), which means I am three-fourths Quarter Horse and one-fourth thoroughbred.  Because I am an American Quarter Horse, I excel at sprinting short distances, Not to brag, but I can outrun most of my fellow equine therapists! In fact, some American Quarter Horses have been clocked of speeds up to 55 m.p.h.

Mango

Equine Therapist

I come in a small package but have a big personality!  I’m ten years old.  My owners tell me I look and act like a Morgan.  A Morgan is a horse with excellent characteristics; including being sure-footed, hardy, and having a great temperament.  They are also most suitable for beginners and children.  I think my owners have it spot on!  I love being around children and will be one of the first in line to make some new friends.  At first glance you may mistake me for a mini horse, but I’m actually a pony.  I’m proud to be associated with the Morgan breed of horses.  They were also one of the earliest horse breeds developed in the United States!

Star

Equine Therapist

 

I’m the other resident pony here at BraveHearts and I am eleven years old.  I have some advantages over my equine cousins.  Ponies like me are usually stockier and stronger than horses.  We also have thicker manes and coats to help protect us from the cold.  This comes in handy during our cold Nebraska winters!

Like my fellow equine therapists, I’m also considered highly intelligent.  Although, at times, my owners have confused this with stubbornness.  I just had to go on record to correct them!  We also have a resident mama horse named Misty.  I like to think I’m a miniature version of her.  Nuzzling and hugs are my favorite hobby!

Misty

Equine Therapist

I am the resident mama horse in charge here at BraveHearts.  When you come to visit, you’ll find me spending my days keeping all of the little ones safe.  I’m also one of the original equine therapists - a donation from Mick and Angie Nelson.

At 18 years old, I have a lifetime of accumulated horse wisdom and innate mothering instincts.  My natural color is black, but my mama was registered as a Paint.  Although I didn’t get the Paint coloring from my mama, I did inherit some great characteristics.  The Paint breed is known for its pleasant temperament and ability to adapt to owners of all experience levels.  This makes me a natural at the whole nurturing and empathy thing!

Indy

Equine Therapist

I trace my roots back to Texas.  I was born in the Lone Star State in 2003.  The first thing you’ll notice is my beautiful coloring; a combination of blues, grays, and blacks.  I even have two different eye colors!  I’m a blue roan POA (Pony of America).  My multi-colored coat is a characteristic unique to a POA, such as myself.

I come to my new home from a long career as a Cowboy Mounted Shooting horse. My job was to run a variety of patterns while my rider would shoot balloons with a black powder gun.  I was part of one of the fastest growing equine sports!  While I miss the fun of those competitions, I’m settling into the great job of being an equine therapist.  I joined the team at BraveHearts on July 4, 2018 as a donation from Sue McCready in Maxwell, NE.

Don’t tell the others, but I am the kids’ favorite!