Tia is a Swedish Warmblood. She's lived here on the farm since she was 5 days old. Although she's so busy working on her dressage skills, she doesn't like to be left out. She has 1 very special client who she's bonded with and she makes special guest appearances whenever he comes to visit her!
Hoof Prints On The Heart, Inc is a 501c(3) Nonprofit organization dedicated to providing Equine-Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT) to individuals who are working through personal and emotional challenges in all stages of life. Under the guidance of a licensed counselor, and professionally trained staff, children and adults who may be experiencing feelings of anxiety, depression and isolation will have the opportunity to receive unconditional acceptance through a genuine connection with horses, in a peaceful and idyllic setting. Located in beautiful Millstone Township, NJ, the heart of picturesque Monmouth County horse country, Hoof Prints On The Heart offers participants a chance to reconnect with nature and explore alternative solutions to common every-day problems by actively engaging with caring and compassionate staff and equine partners in a safe, fun and therapeutic environment. In addition to helping people, Hoof Prints on the Heart gives many horses an opportunity to have a purpose long after their show career ends. Your donations make the difference and allow us to enhance the lives of many people. Here are a few of our foundation horses that are currently donating time to our program.
Teddy is a retired Irish Sport Horse. He is now enjoying retired life at the farm and working with the veterans in his free time. Teddy is very affectionate and loves attention.
Tootie is a Nigerian Dwarf Goat. She was not handled before coming to us. We've spent a year working on gaining her trust. When Tootie got sick and needed life saving measures, she decided humans weren't all that bad! We can now hand feed her, and when she's in a really good mood, she lets us pet her! Her favorite trick is walking like a human!
Diva is a miniature horse. While small in stature, she makes up for it with personality and sass. Diva loves to give pony rides, spend time running around with Nugget, Tootie and Phil, and most of all she loves to eat anything and everything she can find. Diva is also trained to pull a cart, so with some further prep work she will be able to offer veterans an alternative to riding.
Tank is a bay quarter horse & very attentive to his person. His prior owners donated him to our program. Tank was too young for retirement. He loves riding on the trails & in the ring. Since our program does not involve riding, Tank was adopted by a lovely young girl who takes lessons with him, rides and horse shows. In his spare time he works with our veterans.
In loving memory of our dear friend Carol
In loving memory of our dear friend Cathy
Nugget is a miniature horse. She's the cutest little horse with the biggest personality! Nugget was born and raised on a miniature horse breeding farm in Ohio. When her owner passed away, she was sent to an auction to be sold! Luckily, Jacki's good friend found her and saved her! She now lives with our goat, Tootie and they are best friends. She loves to give kisses, eat treats, and steal Tooties goat chow!
Cochise is a Draft/Paint cross. He has personality plus! He loves to go on adventures on the trails, crosses bridges, water, deer, no problem! He has a bombproof personality. Cochise came to us all the way from North Carolina when his owners retired and sold their family farm. Cochise was too young for retirement. In his spare time he teaches beginner lessons and enjoys trail rides.
Puppy or goat? Phil isn’t quite sure. Phil is a Nigerian Dwarf goat. He was bottle-fed as a baby and lived in the house, so he is pretty sure he is supposed to be with people at all times. Friendly doesn’t even begin to explain this little guy’s personality. He loves children, and even walks around on a leash, just like a dog. He has a real talent for making anyone that he is around smile.
Kodak is black and white Standardbred/Paint cross. She's an unusual cross and the most kind and sweet horse you will ever meet! She's lived with a goat as her best friend until she came to us. She loves her human friends, prefers to be around people and loves to be pampered. We call her "the talking horse" and you will see why when you meet her! She seems to have a lot to talk about!
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Milo is a retired thoroughbred race horse. He went on to be a lesson horse and teach many how to ride. He's been here at the farm for a very long time. His owner sadly passed away at a very young age. She loved Milo dearly. Her wish was for him to live here on the farm for the rest of his life. He loves to meet new people and enjoys his grooming and grazing sessions.
Magnus and Milo's story are almost identical, so beautiful, so sad... Because their owners loved them so much, fate brought them together to live as all horses should. Magnus is also a retired thoroughbred race horse. Magnus was given as a gift to a woman who helped break and train him. It was a dream come true for her. At 59 years old, she now owned her very 1st horse! Beyond excited, she moved Magnus to Golden Gait Farm and began riding and training with Wendy Lewis. She retired from her job to spend more time enjoying Magnus. Sadly, she passed away only a few months after her 60th birthday. Her wish was to have Magnus live the life he so easily settled into here and continue his training.