Ironstone’s herd of about 35 horses includes more than 20 Haflingers – a breed originating in the Austrian Alps, and used extensively in the United States by the Amish. Safe, reliable and attractive, the Haflingers have proven to be excellent school horses and have become “dream ponies” for the children at Ironstone Farm. The rest of the herd includes a variety of breeds chosen to meet the diverse requirements of our clientele.
A few of Ironstone Farm’s horses live in the barn on the 18-acre campus. The rest live in our paddock.
Emma fondly remembered
[caption id="attachment_822" align="alignleft" width="268"] Beloved Emma will be missed
Ironstone lost a favorite horse of many riders the morning of March 11, 2014, when Emma passed away.
Emma was purchased as a yearling more than three decades ago, and had become the lone roan horse at Ironstone. Emma was the “matriarch” of the herd. She was a significant part of Ironstone Farm even before the nonprofit Challenge Unlimited was incorporated there in 1983.
“Emma was an Ironstone favorite for more than 30 years,” said Deedee O’Brien, executive director. “She taught many children to ride and carried many children through valuable therapies. Everyone loved her – she will be missed.”
Our donkeys [caption id="attachment_1054" align="alignleft" width="291"] Ironstone Farm is also home to three donkeys, Toby, Bradley and Spud. They serve no specific therapeutic purpose — other than they seem to make people laugh.[/caption]