Heavenly Horse Haven presents their Adoptable Animal of the Week: Valen

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Valen, an adoptable horse at Heavenly Horse Haven, enjoys people’s company and is easygoing and relaxed, according to rescue owner Gina Perrin. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo

Valen is a friendly, gentle and laid-back 9-year-old, off-track thoroughbred gelding in need of a loving permanent home.

He stands 16.2 hands – five and a half feet – at the withers, or shoulder. But despite his colossal size, he is easygoing and relaxed, Heavenly Horse Haven rescue owner Gina Perrin said.

Being an off-track thoroughbred means that he had a career racing but has retired from the sport. He is responding well to continuing lessons in English discipline with his calm and steady nature.

Perrin said Valen has excellent ground manners, meaning that he is easy to work with and is not aggressive or pushy. He does not bite, kick or pin his ears in anger. This horse welcomes his time with people, she said.

“He would do well as a therapy horse,” Perrin said. “His human/horse interaction is excellent.”

Valen understands people, she said. He followed Perrin all over the corral area like a puppy, enjoying his time with her and the attention she bestowed upon him. This behavior signals a readiness to work with his human partners and be guided by them, Perrin said.

This gentle giant needs a permanent horse home where he can continue to learn and work with the people he adores.

The Heavenly Horse Haven equine rescue ranch is looking for loving homes for the adoptable animals, primarily horses.

Perrin said she also needs more volunteers to assist at the ranch, due to her ongoing health issues.

Many of the animals at Heavenly Horse Haven were acquired by the rescue in poor condition and in need of rehabilitation. Others were owner-relinquished in perfect health and in various phases of training. The horses are assessed and vetted, and their individual needs are met. Additional training is provided if needed. When they are ready, they are offered for adoption to their forever homes.

“It is our mission to help meet the need for a ‘safe haven’ for horses or other farm animals who are at risk, neglected, abused, too expensive to keep, unwanted or otherwise in need of special care,” according to the Heavenly Horse Haven website. “We are a diverse team of donors, supporters and volunteers from all walks of life who have stood up and said, ‘Not on my watch!’ We are united in the belief that ‘I can help save this animal.’”

Besides horses, ponies and miniature horses, the ranch is home to an emu, dogs, donkeys, llamas, alpacas, goats, poultry and pigs.

Heavenly Horse Haven is located at 58290 Marlis Lane, in Anza. Contact them at (951) 551-3561 or at info@heavenlyhorsehaven.org.

For more information about Heavenly Horse Haven, visit www.heavenlyhorsehaven.org or find them on Facebook.

Diane Sieker can be reached by email at dsieker@reedermedia.com.