Kiddy Up is licensed to be both a child riding facility and a Horse Rescue. As a rescue facility, Kiddy Up can provide shelter to abandon and horses that need special care while healing. Kiddy Up has 2 rescue horses and they are now performing as lesson horses.
Angel is my first rescue horse. Angel was a school horse giving riding lessons to children in Montgomery County. Angel has a condition called Hyperkalemic Periodic Paralysis or nicknamed HYPP. HYPP is a generic disorder meaning it comes from her parents. It occurs in some horses and is also known as Impressive syndrome. So what does that mean? She cannot regulate her potassium levels. I have to be very careful of what I feed her. If she has too much sodium it could be very dangerous for her. Because Angel was no longer able to be lesson horse, she was given to a rescue to get rehabilitation. After much care, it was time for Angel to find a home. I was introduced to Angel and she taught me how to care for her. She also cared for me. We have been together and together we introduce children to the beauty of our equine partners. I can not imagine my life without Angel. I think she feels the same about me.
Angel loves being brushed, having her mane combed and even plaited, taking long walks in the wooded trails, crossing bridges, getting in the water and of course eating carrots. If you have a carrot, you have a friend.
Meet Miracle Grace
Miracle Grace is another horse that joined the farm as a rescue. Grace is a large pony standing 13.1 hands. The difference between a horse and a pony is the number of hands. The best thing to know about Grace is she loves to work. Grace would work both day and night. Grace has a very special performance that she does every Christmas. Grace walks down the middle of a church sanctuary with a girl on her back for the holiday season. The first time I saw this I was concerned about the safety of this exhibit. Grace showed me there was nothing to worry about. This was Grace's job and she does it very well. Grace and Angel are pasture pals. Grace want to be wherever Angel is. They look out for each other. I took Grace on a trail ride for the first time. She enjoyed the ride and when we got to the water she immediately started playing in the water. Grace is 12 years old and also enjoys carrots.
And then there was Peanut
Peanut is a Gelding (A male horse). He is a Shetland Pony and is 31 inches tall. He can ride children up to 50 lbs. Peanut also has experience in pulling a horse cart. He likes to run around the paddocks and chase Angel and Grace. When children ride Peanut they say "He's giggly" or "He's Bumpy" Peanut can give the children a lot of energy as they ride him.
Peanut likes the girls and can sometimes get in trouble because they don't want him picking on them. Peanut is always a big hit at a birthday. He has been know to show up with a party hat ready for a good time. He is always ready and willing to work. He loves children and also loves having the children fuss over him. You can brush him, lift his feet, brush is mane and feed him carrots. Peanut is the newest member of the team. He has been with Kiddy Up With Horses for 2 years.