I first cuddled with Pearl when she was three weeks old; she grabbed my heart and didn’t let go. Pearl’s personality and confidence are stellar. She is head of our herd of miniature therapy horses and the biggest entertainer of the team; she loves to show off for the crowds. Deputy Steve Sullivan and I were part of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department entry in the 2016 Rose Parade and Pearl loved every minute. In 2010, she received a service award from the City of Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Veterans Administration Hospital presented Pearl and I with the 2013 Volunteers of the Year Award for the whole VA Healthcare System. Pearl has been visiting patients’ bedsides in the Veterans Hospital for the past seven years. She also visits the Intensive Care Unit as well as the psychiatric ward and hospice. Pearl has many awards and has been featured in magazines, newspapers, and film segments. Pearl is a proud member of the Los Angeles Mayor’s Crisis Response Team and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. We love her dearly and like all our hero horses, she is a forever member of our family.
Willow Blue joined Pearl when she was five months old. She was the smallest foal of the year out of twenty-nine at Quicksilver Ranch in Santa Inez and is now the smallest mare of Mini Therapy Horses. She is easy going, friendly, sweet and her petite size is perfect for working in hospitals. Willow is always ready to share her loving and outgoing personality with children and adults. Like Pearl, she loves to show off her skills on the keyboard! Pearl and Willow are a dynamic duo with a special bond. They always want to be together in the stall, run together in the turnout, and volunteer together as a team at big events. Willow has been a regular at the Los Angeles Veterans Hospital and Ronald McDonald House. She is a member of the Los Angeles Mayor’s Crisis Response Team and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Willow Blue has been featured in magazines, newspaper article, film segments, and has received numerous service awards. Willow is our number one talker out of our mini girls. We love this little mare, especially for all the joy and relief she brings to people of all ages.
Quicksilver’s Liberty Belle was the third mare to join our Mini Therapy Horses team and is probably our most versatile therapy horse. Belle is a gorgeous brown and white pinto with a long flowing white mane. She loves people and really knows when her sweet attentiveness and interaction is needed. Belle is patient, sensitive, calm, and a bit of a goody two shoes! She tries 100% to do everything her handler asks. Every time she sees me she neighs and it warms my heart. Belle is happy to perform tricks to help break the ice with children that have experienced trauma and veterans in the psychiatric ward to encourage discussion and interaction. Belle is a member of the Los Angeles Mayor’s Crisis Response Team and the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department. This magical little horse has been featured in many publications and received numerous awards. We love our Liberty Belle!
American Valor arrived at Mini Therapy Horses at four months old. She was a chestnut fuzz ball with big brown eyes and a loving, calm personality. American Valor was named in honor of New York City Port Authority Police Officer Kenneth Tietjen, who perished in the 9/11 terrorist attacks while saving people in one of the towers. We are proud Valor does her charity work in his honor. American Valor has been featured in People Magazine as a member of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, while visiting a child at Ronald McDonald. She was also featured in LA WEEKLY’S Annual People Issue as “One of the Most Fascinating People of 2015.” American Valor is an outstanding miniature therapy horse able to meet all challenges and requests with her high level of training. She is a member of Los Angeles Mayor’s Crisis Response Team. Valor brings comfort and joy to thousands of people every year.
Pacific Blue Moon was bred by Pacific Pintos in Fort Bragg. Blue Moon has very unique markings, which make her a Medicine Hat horse. But what is a Medicine Hat horse? Basically, it’s a pinto horse, but one with a very specific marking. The horse is almost entirely white but has a black colored patch covering the ears and the top of the head, like a hat. Blue Moon has 2 bright blue eyes. A Medicine Hat can have other markings, but the less they have the more powerful they were believed to be. The myth and mystery of the Medicine Hat horse goes back many, many years. The Medicine Hat horse is a special animal, supposed to have mystical powers, and is very rare. They have been immortalized in stories like Marguerite Henry’s book ‘San Domingo’, which was also honored by a Breyer model and a motion picture. Blue Moon is my pocket mini and I can count on her to be calm and sociable on any type of visit. We have a very special bond.
Quicksilver’s Sweet Louise was bred at Quicksilver Ranch in Santa Ynez. I high tailed it up there to meet her a couple of days after she was born and fell in love. Aleck and Louise Stribling, the owners of the famous Quicksilver Miniature Horse Ranch are very dear to me. Louise passed after they were married over 60 years. I asked Aleck what he thought about naming this beautiful little filly Sweet Louise and he loved the idea. He loves Mini Therapy Horses and the work we do changing peoples’ lives, and thought this would be a wonderful honor for his Louise and their family. This precious chestnut and white filly visits children and adults in Louise’s honor. Sweet Louise will be my fifth wonderful miniature horse I’ve purchased from Quicksilver Ranch. Louise, like our other therapy horses is part of the LASD, Los Angeles Mayor’s Crisis Response Team, visits hospitals, Ronald McDonald Houses and so much more. The veterans love Louise!
My daughter Sophie and I drove to Quicksilver Miniature Horse Ranch in Solvang to visit Sweet Louise. I thought Louise was the last foal of the 2016 season so I was pleasantly shocked to see this beautiful little blue-eyed filly in the pasture. Stormy Blue is a little gem. She has a gentle inquisitive nature that is the type of personality I look for in a therapy horse. Stormy is super calm and goes with the flow of whatever is happening. She is terrific at maneuvering around hospital rooms and tight situations. Sweet Louise and Stormy Blue have the same sire Feather, who has beautiful blue eyes that Stormy inherited. Louise and Stormy are silly sisters together and are bonded at the hip. Stormy reminds me of an old movie star like Lana Turner. She is a part of the LASD and the Los Angeles Mayor’s Crisis Response Team and visits in our various programs. Stormy Blue was chosen for the cover photo of Equine Wellness magazine in the fall issue 2017-2018, where there is a story about Mini Therapy Horses. Like Blue Moon she is also a Medicine Hat horse, and magical!
We’ll all miss Sky Blue, who passed over the Rainbow Bridge.