Flash is one of the original teachers at Whispering Equine. He is native to Montana and came to Canada in 2007. He is a handsome Paint horse that has been seen “teaching” many people even before the business started! Flash is one of three horses that were the inspiration for starting Whispering Equine. He is a very confident horse that is here to help people not only learn about horses but to see the benefit of creating a relationship with one, no matter what the age of the person is. He has been seen nuzzling infants, embracing struggling women and playing with the most toughest of men. We really feel grateful to have Flash in our lives and the program.
Jay is a majestic Spotted Draft horse from Pennsylvania. He made his way into our lives in the fall of 2009. No matter where Jay goes, people are just drawn to him because of his size, color and gentle personality. Jay is also one of the horses that inspired us to create Whispering Equine. He came to us as a very aloof horse and over the years has become one of the key members of the team. His intelligence, patience and forgiveness have all allowed for a lot of learning and growth in people. Jay has drawn people from the age of 6 to 95 to him. There is a lot to be said and felt when you connect with a 17.1H, 2100 lbs being! We feel lucky that he has become a part of our program.
Whisky is a stunning Palomino Quarter Horse from Alberta. We searched high and low for a horse like Whisky and finally found him in 2010. What we found in Whisky was a knowledgeable and experienced horse with the will and patience to teach and work with nervous and people new to horses. He has been teaching and connecting with kids and adults for the last couple of years and is one of the horses that would rather spend time with people then be in his herd! He is the third of the three horses that inspired Whispering Equine to be started. We really value having him in our program and are so grateful he is here to help us out!
Playboy is his name and playing is his game! Playboy is a beautiful Palomino Quarter Horse and is a full brother of Whisky. He came to us in the spring of 2013 and has brought many days of laughter and pleasure to us all. His youthful presence is a blessing in our herd and is definitely entertaining. Playboy is a very confident horse, especially for his age. This confidence is a great teaching tool for many because if you don’t set boundaries right away with him, you will be followed around with a horse in your pocket! He is a big love and we look forward to working with him for many years to come. He definitely has a lot to teach people about the lighter side and more enjoyable things in life!
Deacon came up to Canada to meet us in February of 2007 from Tennessee. He is a beautiful Spotted Tennessee Walking horse. Deacon is a very curious horse and very much a mischievous boy. He gets along well with all the other horses and is always willing to meet new people who come out to visit the herd. Deacon is a very kind and good natured gelding. He tries very hard to do what you are asking of him, which makes him a great teacher in the program. We are happy to have him on our list of teachers!
Diva made her way to us in March of 2009 from Missouri. She was in foal and due in April. She arrived on a freezing cold night and she looked very sad. We will never forget her big dark eyes when we met her for the first time. She was underweight and all her nutrients and energy were going to her foal. She delivered a stunning buckskin filly in April. The filly now belongs to a friend and we still get to see her. Since that time Diva has turned into a fantastic riding horse. She has a very calm and laid back personality and she is a very wise horse. She also loves to get attention from people whenever she can. Her velvety black coat and long mane and tail all add to the beauty of this Tennessee Walking horse. We can’t wait to see who she works with and inspires next.
Wilma is a beautiful and very feminine bay Quarter Horse mare from Alberta. We initially became aware of Wilma when she was suggested to be used as the surrogate mother for Holly’s baby (Bam Bam). She was an excellent mom and has one of the best temperaments you could ask for in a horse. She is one of the kindest and most genuine horses we have come across. After Bam Bam was moved to the trainer’s home, Wilma was going to be returned to her owner that lent her to us. Upon looking into returning her, the owner let us know that she would no longer have a place for her in her breeding and showing program, and that she would probably just be “shipped”. We were horrified at that thought and offered to buy her right away. Since then Wilma has been with us at Whispering Equine, as a teacher for people that have never been around horses or are nervous of horses, as she is so gentle and nurturing. Unfortunately at some point in Wilma’s past she became very sensitive due to some negative experiences she had gone through in her training, so she just works with people on the ground at this point. It is our hope that one day we can enjoy riding with her once again.
Parker is a lovely blue roan Quarter Horse/Morgan cross from Alberta and is our herd leader. He is a gentle leader and stepped into his role naturally and with no problem. Parker is the newest member of our team and is an excellent teacher due to many of his unfortunate past experiences. Parker came to us as a disconnected horse, so to speak. He is one of the best horses for teaching about boundaries and personal awareness, as he is very clear on his feelings and thoughts about situations and how people are projecting their intentions. We feel Parker was abused and forced into many situations in his past that he was not comfortable with, and that he ended up just going along with it to avoid conflict and abuse. When he arrived he had back problems, shoulder problems and was aloof. After some time we figured out that he was holding all of his tensions from the past experiences in his body which ended up causing his shoulder blades to be pulled out of place and some really tight and sensitive back muscles. After some energy, massage and chiropractic work, Parker has been physically put back together, but his emotional issues are still being worked through. He did not fully trust people when he first came but slowly he is showing that he is becoming more comfortable with letting his guard down and is okay with being looked after and cared for. He truly is a pleasure to work with and we are fortunate that he made his way to us.
Holly came to Canada and to meet her new family in December of 2006 from Tennessee. She is a beautiful sorrel Tennessee Walking horse. She was in foal for the first time and delivered a healthy colt in the following May. She was a very good mom and her baby was beautiful so we decided to breed her again. Unfortunately, she lost that baby when she was very close to her due date. We bred her again and decided to let a surrogate mom carry her baby. The surrogate mom was Wilma. Holly is now part of our program at Whispering Equine. She has an amazing personality and loves people. She is usually the first one to come and say hello when a person meets the herd. She is very “girly” and loves attention. Everyone who meets Holly seems to fall in love with her and she is a wonderful addition to the program!
Buddy is Holly’s first born, who was delivered up by Edmonton, Ab. He was sent to California when he was 17 months old and has been a show horse since. He has been very successful in his show career- winning all the California and Nevada shows and then becoming 4th in the world as a two year old at the “Celebration” in Tennessee. Buddy is now back at home but it will be a while before he is able to be integrated into our herd here at Whispering Equine. However, when it is time, we will go slow and we are sure he will love his new life among his new equine coworkers. His amazing personality and love for people will make him a wonderful “teacher” at Whispering Equine.
Bam Bam is Holly’s little boy (carried by Wilma). He is a beautiful sorrel Tennessee Walking horse, who was born near Cochrane, Ab. He is in training right now and has learned to become a quiet boy who is well behaved when walking with you. Our plans are to enjoy him as a pleasure and trail horse. Bam Bam can be seen in the herd and visited with, but is not currently a part of the program, as he is still too young.
Kate has been with us since she was born here, near Cochrane, Ab. Her mother (Belle) also belonged to the herd at one point, but unfortunately she passed away when Kate was about a year old. Kate is a very big boned girl and we expect her to be a larger horse when she finishes growing. She is a Tennessee Walking horse as well, who is in training right now and seems to be doing well. Kate likes being around people, but also has a mind of her own and will let us know when she doesn’t want to do something. (We definitely have to work on that!) Kate is a pretty girl with a big white blaze and matching socks on her hind legs. Her body has not decided what color she will be, but she is a grey/roan at the moment. She gets along well with the other horses and is slowly making her way into our program.