Noah is the new man in the crowd this year but the herd quickly accepted him and became protective over this little lamb. We were asked to take Noah in after his mother died during his birth and his owner was unable to keep up the demands of bottle feeding a new lamb around the clock. He never missed a beat and has been a healthy, growing boy from the start. Noah is a hair sheep (does not need shearing) and was born Feb 2019. Due to be castrated in April, he will be adoptable as part of his herd.
Leona is a yearling ewe hair sheep, born April 2018. She came to Harmony Farm from Izzie's Pond, surrendered because she had crooked legs. Our vets agreed that the condition was likely due to her being born premature and she grew normally. She is currently healthy and the sweetest sheep in the herd. Leona and the other sheep are adoptable, preferably as a group. Sheep do not do well as individuals and require 3 or more in their herd. Of course, Leona is very bonded with the other sheep here.
Pablo is an 11 year old pony rescued from a hoarding situation in May 2017. He came to Harmony Farm starved, covered in lice, and with an eye infection that left no option except to have it removed. Because of poor confirmation and limited exercise, he also had surgery on his stifles. Pablo came to us with a fearful stud like personality but has become the herd lookout and our farm greeter. He is slow to trust, but will stand still for grooming sessions and loves to have his hair done.
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Forrest is a 5 year old mini horse...one of the smallest and the youngest on the farm. Forrest was given to us with suspected congenital birth defects that caused angular limb deformity, mostly in his hind legs. He also an IR (insulin resistant) horse and is on a very strict diet to control his weight, as added weight puts more pressure on the angles of his legs. Forrest has no qualms with his disability and is by far the most playful one of the herd. If there is something left out to be stolen, beware, it will be running off with him. He also loves hugs and bodywork.
Max is an 11 year old pony that came to us in July 2017 along with Ruby. Of the two, Max immediately stuck out as the happy-go-lucky gelding although it was apparent something was wrong with his penis, besides the obvious underweight issue. Initially, we and the vets were nearly positive it was cancer but the first biopsy revealed pre-cancer. Several months later, a second biopsy showed Max has squamous papilloma, but not of the virus type. Max requires weekly cleanings of the area, but otherwise shows no signs of illness. He is well adjusted and easy to handle, and kind to both humans and herdmates.
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Albert is an 8-10 month old (best guess) mini pig. He was found by a volunteer of NC Wildlife Rehab after wandering in the parking lot of an Arby's restaurant in Mt. Holly, NC for several weeks. It was suspected that Albert may have been part of the micro mini pig sensation, where breeders convince pig lovers that their little piglet will stay tiny. Upon realizing that he, in fact, would not stay tiny, Albert may have been dumped. This is a fate that many mini pigs endure. Shelters and rescues are full of micro mini pigs that did not stay the size owners believed that they would. Today, Albert is neutered, harness trained, and learning tricks. He enjoys warm days outside, and cold days and evenings indoors like one of the dogs.
Rowen is an 11 year old chestnut gelding. His breed depends on whom you ask, apparently. He's been called everything from Quarterhorse, to Arab, to possibly even Saddlebred. None of that is of much importance to us. He was surrendered to Harmony Farm in January 2018 after his owners said they have been unable to afford hay for a month and a half. Rowen was apparently getting some grain but was emaciated and had rain rot. We soon realized Rowen also suffered from some sort of neurological effects. We tested and treated for EPM but the effects are still there. He is now undergoing testing and treatment for Vitamin E defficiency. Rowen is a boy interested in everything going on around him, and quickly went from bottom of the herd to the big man on the totem pole, metaphorically and physically. He is second in command and alerts everyone when the food is coming. Rowen is currently under training but will not be rideable. He is adoptable to someone who is willing to consistently AND patiently work
with the issues he has overcoming new things.
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Mary Ellen was surrendered to Harmony Farm in February 2018 after her owners contacted us about this mini mare that didn't enjoy the company of her goat friends. She actually preferred kicking them over " hanging out." Her previous owners did not want to simply find another home because she also suffered from locking stifles, or Upward Fixation of the Patella, and many of the new potential homes believed they would be able to ride her with this condition. Rather than go straight to another home that might worsen her condition, she made a stop here to find a solution. After a month of esterone shots, it was apparent that Mary Ellen would need surgery. The surgery was completed during the summer of 2018 but Mary Ellen still seems a little off. Several vets have seen her and suggested more exercise or pain relievers, although she definitely does not seem to be in pain. Mary Ellen is the queen of our herd and does well with most of the geldings, especially since they let her be the boss. Mary Ellen is adoptable but would need a final release from the vet.
Elliott, now a one year old sheep (wether), was a surprise to us when one of our founders, Tracey, was barn sitting for a friend of Harmony Farm in February 2018. The second day on the job (2/28/18), one of the ewes had a twin set of lambs which she rejected. After calling the vet and suddenly learning about tube feeding and bottle feeding lambs late that night, we thought all would be well until the next morning. Unfortunately, Elliott's twin brother died the next morning so we took Elliott home and tried to nurse him to health. His owner surrendered him to us when she returned from her trip so we could try to continue to convince Elliott to keep fighting for his life. After Elliott finally learned to eat, he continuously struggled with some sort of digestive issues including bloat, diarrhea, and constipation. His best friend was a dog named Kali. Finally, Elliott was well enough to be castrated and has now grown to be the biggest and strongest in the herd. Elliott is a wool sheep, meaning he needs to be sheared during warm weather. He and his herd are adoptable. In an ideal world, we would like them to be adopted together.
Theodore is a wether that came to us from Izzie's Pond, a rescue in SC that had been helpful to us while learning about Elliott. Because Elliott was raised and bottle fed inside the house without other sheep, we knew that integrating him in to a herd could be an issue and we began looking for a companion that would not bully him. As it turned out, this was the very issue that Theodore had at Izzie's Pond. He struggled to get to the hay and grain at feeding because the other sheep rejected him. Theo is a hair sheep and does not need to be sheared. He does not like being touched but will eat out of your hand with a little patience. Theo is adoptable as part of the herd.