Center: Charlottesville Area Riding Therapy
Story of their Journey:
Beauty is a Percheron Cross that has been a therapy horse at CART for over half of her life. Before she came to CART, Beauty was found alone in a pasture. Although she had lived a while with minimal contact, she quickly acclimated to barn life and came into her own through being showered with TLC from CART volunteers, staff, and riders. At 31, Beauty is our oldest horse and is known as the queen of the barn. She loves being groomed by our students and will happily stand for hours as students acquire skills such as picking out her feet, brushing her long flowy tail, and learning equine terminology. She also enjoys dressing up in costume for fundraisers and holiday events.
The term Gentle Giant suits her, although ‘Graceful Giant’ is more fitting. She actually has two names at the barn; Beauty, her given name, and ‘Booty’ which is how some of our students pronounce it. Beauty is also a wonderful pasture-mate to our other horses and serves as a seeing-eye horse for our sight impaired herd member.