Meet Charming, Heavenly Horse Haven’s adoptable animal of the week

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Charming, an adoptable gelding at Heavenly Horse Haven in Anza, is calm and collected under saddle. Anza Valley Outlook/Courtesy photo

Charming lives up to his name in a big way. Coming from a tragic beginning, the calm and friendly gelding is thriving at Heavenly Horse Haven in Anza and looking for a new home.

“He’s a young and an awesome horse,” ranch owner Gina Perrin said. “Charming is a Hancocks Blue Boy quarter horse.”

Hancocks Blue Boy was a famous foundation quarter horse sire and his descendants include the best of the best of the breed.

Charming’s pregnant mother was saved in the nick of time from an uncertain future and foaled at the equine rescue ranch.

“We rescued his mama from a feedlot. Apparently, a quarter horse breeder died and the adult children sent all the horses to the feedlot. Charming was born here and has never been abused,” Perrin said.

The smart gelding has been treated with kindness his whole seven years and trained using natural horsemanship methods. He has received arena schooling in both English and Western disciplines.

He is ready for his new family and many interesting adventures.

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Running free in the pasture, Charming is a good mover with an effortless canter. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo

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.