Bit of Hope Ranch

Meet the Animals


ruby running Ruby was donated by a woman who was going through family issues and could not give her the attention she needed.  Ruby is very smart and needs a job to stay happy.She is a 15.1 hand, 10 year old Chestnut paint mare. Horsenality: LBE“I like to be the boss alpha mare and can bully other horses.  I love people and have a great work ethic.  Although I work hard in sessions I really prefer to be on a  hunt paces or schooling show.”


 rocket running Rocket was donated by a family who did not have time to work with her.  She had experienced running barrels and came with some emotional baggage.  Her great ground manners make her great for our program. Rocket is a 15 hand 10 year old quarter horse mare. Horsenality: RBI

“I am quiet and calm mare when I have a confident leader. I still get  uptight easily when learning something new…until someone reminds me to relax and breathe.   I love parties and pony rides.”


Angel was added to our herd to help relieve some of the workload from the older horses.  She has great ground manners and we look forward to increasing her work undersaddle. She is a 14.2 hand, 5 year old tri color paint mare.

Horsenality: RBI

“I love being around people, but I like to be in charge of my herd mates.  I have a super soft coat which makes me fun to groom.  I expect someone to help me be a “Parelli superhorse” one day.”

 cookie running s Cookie was donated by a family that recognized that she needed work to remain healthy and happy.  She comes with a lot of Parelli and Hunter experience.Cookie is a 15 hand, 13 year old black quarter horse mare. Horsenality: LBI”What’s in it for me?  I am unmotivated and some people think I’m lazy.Although I has great manners, I get bored very easily.  Grass and treats make me very happy. I carry kids and adults around for sessions.  They could not do it without me!”
 asia 2s Asia came to us through another rescue group.  She and her dam were discovered abandoned.  The mare was foundered so terribly that she could not stand up to get water for several days.   Asia had no hoof care and her hooves had also foundered and curled.  Through proper hoof care and nutrition, she is now serviceably sound.  She came without much arena experience but has learned a lot since being at the RanchAsia is our little girl- only 13.2 hands, 11 years old and Paso Fino-Arab mix.Horsenality: RBI”I love dressing up for birthday parties and pony rides.  Being groomed is my favorite,  like she is at the spa.  I am small in size and have fairy tale mane.  I bring smiles to many children.”
Lilly was a rescue horse that suffered physical abuse.  She was brought to the ranch by a caring gentleman who had compassion for her emotional and physical scars.  Lilly is fast as lightning and has a hard time trusting.  Once she feels safe, she’ll jump the moon for her human.Lilly is a 15.2 hand, thirteen year old bay quarter horse mare.Horsenality RBE.”I like to move my feet when I get scared and nervous.  I am very sweet though and do not bite or kick.  I love trail rides.”
 DSC_1110 Ginger joined our herd as her previous owner wanted her to have a productive life and have someone that could appreciate her natural talent.  Ginger loves people and is very confident in sessions.Ginger is a 14.2 hands, five year old,   chestnut/ palomino Hafflinger/Quarterhorse cross.Horsenality: RBE

“I love moving my feet, doing tricks, sneaking treats and trying to open gates to the grass.   I am way smarter than most of my humans and love “training’ them.  All I have to do is bat my eyelashes and they are in love with my blond mane and good looks.”

 doc 3s  Doc was brought to the Ranch as a rescue horse.  He and a pasture mate had been abandoned in a field.  They were starved and in poor condition.  His pasture mate did not survive.  When Doc came you could count every vertebra and rib through his matted winter coat.  He acted terrified in the arena and had scars from an ill-fitting saddle and spurs.  After medical care and a special diet, he revealed a glowing bay body.  His physical body healed quicker than his mind.  Hours of retraining taught him how to relax and accept a rider.  Now he is a favorite with clients.  He still gets emotional at mealtimes by playing and rattling his food tub.Doc is a 15.2 hands, 18 year old, bay QH gelding.Horsenality: LBE“I love food and getting treats from my humans.  Sometimes I will test them to see if they really know what they are doing, but I always take care of them.  I’m grateful to be at the Ranch and to have made so many friends.”
 doc and skip s Skip was donated to us in his senior years as he needed a job to keep his body and mind going strong. He had a lot of training and had great manners but was losing muscle and condition not working.  He has plenty of “go” even though he’s a senior and teaches students how to stay focused.Skip is the old man of the group at 28 years old. He is 15.3 hands, and a black quarter horse gelding.Horsenality: LBE”I always know more than my rider.  I am patient and wait until they quit bouncing on me before I go faster.  Sometimes I test them to make sure they know what they are doing.  I am leader in my pasture and do not have retirement plans soon.”
 cowboy Cowboy came to the Ranch because his size could carry the high school males that we were counseling.  He has a ton of Ranch working experience and is unfazed by most situations.  His calm demeanor, strong body and good looks made him invaluable to our sessions.Cowboy is a 15.3 hands, seventeen year old buckskin quarterhorse gelding. Horsenality: LBI”I am not a cuddly horse and actually am very shy.  I do not like moving quickly, especially since I have developed a bone spur in my ankle.  Everyone understands my limitations and helps me feel better.  I enjoy when the kids brush me and take care of me.”
 _MG_0019 Max was donated to our program from a donor who understood that large horses can be intimidating.  Max was not handled much and ho become used to all of the touching and handling.  Now he proudly shows off his tricks, especially his jumps.Max is a mighty 38 inches tall, 8 year old black miniature horse. Horsenality: RBI”I am shy around humans but I can get friendly once I know they will not push me around.  I still like people to show me respect even though I am small.  I still move, act and think just like a real horse, except people don’t ride me… thank goodness!  Josie Conner also wrote her first book about me, “A New Home for Max”
 HOPE 1 Hope was a surprise!  Her mother, Snow, came to us when Max came.  She was a retired show horse that needed the rest of her years to be peaceful and quiet.  As her stomach grew larger, we suspected something was going on!  Hope was born at the end of February on a beautiful sunny morning.  Snow died shortly after Hope was born and Max became her new best friend.  It has been a great experience watching a young horse grow up on the Ranch.Hope is our baby- only two years old and 32 inches tall. She’s a precious chestnut mini.Horsenality: LBE”People are so boring, they expect me to stand still and keep my heels on the ground.  Sometimes I can comply but other times I have to jump and spin.  Josie Conner wrote her second book about me, “A New Friend For Max”.
 DSC_1079 Cinnamon and OreoA donor gave us the rabbits for therapy shortly after our original pair was stolen.They’re two year lop eared rabbits.

“People are nice here at the Ranch. Everyone loves trying to stand our ears up and then laugh as they fall back over.  We are super cute.”

 DSC_1096 Lots of Spots and ButterscotchA family donated us because they loved the mission and wanted their pets to offer joy to the kids that visited the Ranch.These handsome boys are two year old domestic rabbits.

“We are very friendly and always hop up to the gate to see what our new friends bring us.  Even though our ears are “normal” we are still cute!”

 DSC_1087 The goats joined our Ranch family because they were naturally dehorned and were safer to work with.  We got the two goats, Moses and his twin brother Malachi, when they were 2 weeks old.  Daisy, their mama, was not making milk and they needed to be bottle fed.  Malachi had a hurt leg and struggled with taking milk from a bottle.  Despite all of our efforts, his immune system failed and he died after 4 weeks. Daisy and Moses are white Boer goats. Daisy is two years old, and Moses is one.”We love our new home and will often think of Malachi as we twist and jump in the air.  We have learned to love the humans that bring us scratches and treats.”
 DSC_1088 This 250 lb pig was given to us by a girl that was going off to college.  Petunia has been a great addition to the Ranch and is by far the most social.  She will carry on conversations and is way smarter than most animals on the farm. She’s three years old, and a pot belly pig, which means she’s black instead of pink.”I love when people come and visit me.  They are always amazed at how big that I am. I am very clean and organized.  I go to bed at the same time and fluff up hay to cover my eyes.  I also never go to the bathroom in my stable… something the goats could learn!”
 DSC_1065 The chickens bring a lot of joy to the farm. The roosters crow and are proud of their flocks.  They hens leave us eggs, the Easter Layers will leave blue/green eggs.We have Barred Rocks, Austroloprs, Lavender orpingtons, Rhode Island Reds, and Easter Layers.”We love to talk, especially when we lay an egg.  We love to eat anything…bugs, worms, table scraps, etc.  We put ourselves to bed at night and everyone sits on their roosting bar in the coop until sunrise.  The two roosters  keep us safe and settle any squabbles that us hens may have.  Life is good!”

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Bit of Hope Ranch, Inc.
704 862-0095

5001 CR Wood Rd
Gastonia, NC 28056

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