January 2016 LoveWay Horse of the Month: Honey

by Caitlyn Andrews January 05, 2016

January 2015 LoveWay Horse Honey

We're starting off the New Year by featuring one of the favorite therapy horses at LoveWay: Honey. Honey is a beautiful 19-year-old Haflinger mare that has been with LoveWay since May 2011. She is known as one of the best therapy horses at LoveWay. It's a well-earned reputation.

A LoveWay Favorite

LoveWay Therapy Horse Honey

Pictured Above: Honey, the January 2016 Horse of the Month.

Honey's original name was Marla, but the LoveWay staff renamed her to fit her sweet personality. Before she became a therapy horse she was a backyard horse that had a little hitch training. She knew 'gee' and 'haw' from her previous training instead of left and right. She slipped into the life of a therapy horse easily and her personality is perfect for her job. She's a fast learner, tolerant, patient, never nips or kicks, and is just a good, calm horse. She is such a dependable horse that she is one of the go-to's for about anything that goes on at LoveWay. As one of the favorites she even has a couple volunteers that come out to brush her just so they can spend time with her.

Whistle While You Work

Honey at LoveWay

Honey shows off her charming personality by sticking her tongue out at the camera.

Have you ever heard of a horse that can sing? Honey is a unique girl. Honey makes noises when she walks that sound like "humming" or "singing". She is particularly known to sing when one of her favorite students is riding her. What a sweet way to show that you love your job!

Honey's Setback

LoveWay Horse Grazing

Honey is "healthy as a horse", but she still has to watch her grass intake.

Honey had a setback a few years ago. She foundered, which is a painful but common condition (also known as laminitis) that affects the feet in horses. The staff now has to watch her grain and grass intake. As a result of her foundering, her back is weaker than it used to be. This makes conditioning for Honey very important to protect her back when she has riders. Despite this little setback, Honey remains one of the most reliable horses at LoveWay. Today, Honey is happy and healthy and hopefully, she will be with LoveWay for years to come!

Benefits of Therapeutic Riding

If you haven't been directly involved with therapeutic riding then you may not understand how it benefits the students. Each rider is unique and therapy can affect them all differently. Over the years therapeutic riding has helped transform the lives of the students that ride at LoveWay. Honey, in particular, plays a very important role in the life of a little girl named Eva.

Honey and Eva

8-year old Eva Wood is a student at LoveWay. She has been diagnosed with Rett Syndrome. This means she can't walk, talk or use her hands. She is also diagnosed with gastroparesis and chronic dysmotility. This means her digestive system doesn't work correctly, from beginning to end, and she gets intestinal blockages. All of this doesn't stop Eva from riding her favorite horse, Honey. Honey has been very beneficial for Eva's therapy. Honey's wide back allows Eva to lay down when riding (though Eva is able to sit up to ride now!) and her rhythmic walking helps Eva's digestion. Eva often experiences bloating and discomfort. Honey helps relieve this pain. Eva's strength and stamina have even increased from spending time at LoveWay.

LoveWay's Honey for Eva's Birthday

In 2014 Honey wore a hat to celebrate Eva's birthday!

Eva's mother runs a Facebook page called Eva's Helping Hands that keeps track of Eva's progress and keeps others aware of how much they have helped. LoveWay and Honey are mentioned multiple times on this page. It seems that Honey is more than happy to help Eva. She doesn't even mind wearing a birthday hat to make one of her favorite kids smile.

Congratulations to Eva on all of the progress you have made with Honey! Everyone at LoveWay is very proud of you!

Get Involved with LoveWay

Eva isn't the only child that Honey has been able to help. Every semester new students arrive at LoveWay for much-needed therapy sessions with Honey and her equine friends. Donations and volunteers are always needed to help LoveWay run as a non-profit. If you're interested in giving your time or donations to help a great cause then contact Molly at LoveWay. Every little bit helps.

Donations can be dropped off at the Vet Poultry store: 120 S. Greene Rd, Goshen, IN 46526.

LoveWay Inc Pasture

Honey (left) and Belle (right) enjoying their time outside together in one of the LoveWay pastures.

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