Meet Ruby, HHH’s Adoptable Animal of the Week

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Ruby takes time to greet Heavenly Horse Haven owner Gina Perrin on a walkabout at the ranch. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo

Ruby is a stout, short mare that is friendly and in perfect health. She has a “been there, done that” attitude and not much fazes her.

“She is in her twenties,” Heavenly Horse Haven owner Gina Perrin said. “In her past, she was a three-day eventer. She is a very good pony.”

Eventing, or horse trials, is an equestrian sport in which a single horse and rider compete against other competitors across the three disciplines of dressage, cross-country and show jumping.

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Ruby is an excellent mover under saddle. Anza Valley Outlook/Courtesy photo

Eventing takes training and discipline. Ruby excelled at the competitions and has since retired from the grueling sport.

Ruby is sorrel in color; she is redder with her winter coat and is greyer and sleeker in her summer attire.

She has what equestrians call a “kind eye,” showing an agreeable nature and love of human contact. She is gentle and steady and looking for her forever home.

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.