Last updated: April 28, 2020
Meet Max – Our Very Own Gentle Giant
In the world of equine therapy, a horse’s personality and attitude play a huge part in their effectiveness as a partner. Not only does he need to remain calm in all riding situations, the horse needs to be comfortable with a variety of unique challenges. He needs to stand still while mounting at a motorized lift, stay relaxed in the presence of toys, therapeutic tools and even bubbles, and he must have a friendly, easy-going nature when working with clients and volunteers.
Our gentleman, Maximus, is the perfect example of all of these characteristics. Max was foaled in Iowa on March 25, 1999, with the name of Brandy’s Bradley. He is a registered American Spotted Draft Horse, which means he has draft horse blood combined with pinto coloring.
Max’s coloring can be deceiving. He is all black, like his sire, a Percheron stallion, so it is difficult to see the spotted sorrel coloring overlay. However, in the summer, you can see some light spots along his body.
Max was brought to Minnesota, where he became a trusted trail and fox hunting horse. While Spotted Drafts are built more for power than athletic performance, Max was a very popular horse to gallop through the fields and woods. He handled jumps and obstacles with ease and was known for his sensible and sweet personality.
Max joined We Can Ride in 2018. He has become the leader of his small herd and a barn favorite with volunteers, staff and clients alike. If you want to help Max or any of our other horses, Check out our Donate page. Any and all help is appreciated!