Meet the Herd

The Herd at Fantail Farm are a fantastic team, but each horse has their individual stories and quirks. Scroll down for a chance to get to know a little more about them, their breeds, and why we’ve chosen them to be part of the Fantail Farm Family!

Having a ‘matched’ team is wonderful, however, we don’t place as high a priority on matching colors or sizes as we do matching temperament and gait. Horses who don’t match in color used to be called a Boston Match, the term originating in Boston when describing the Boston Fire Horses that were unmatched in color.

LEVI was our very first draft horse. He is a registered North American Spotted Draft Horse born in 2001. He is part Percheron and Shire with a bit of unknown riding horse mixed in.  He came to live with us in 2002.  When he was 3 years old, he was saddle broke and was a trail horse until we converted him to driving horse in 2007.   He was diagnosed with allergies that leave him so uncomfortable in the summer, he goes on vacation until the first frost of the fall.  While he does work with a team mate and excels in single horse vehicles, he’s pretty much considered retired.

 He’s 16.2 hands tall and weighs 1800 pounds.

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HAYLEE came to us from southern Michigan while we were looking for a stand-in during Levi’s allergy season. She is an American Brabant Draft Horse (cross between a European Brabant & American Belgian) and the initial horse to pique our love for the breed! The typical Brabant horse is shorter in stature, but heavy boned and short bodied.  However, Haylee turned out to be anything but typical. She is 17 hands high and weighs around 2300 pounds.

FINN & FERGUS are direct half brothers to both each other, Haylee, Hannah and Shaymus. We were so impressed with everything about Haylee when she first arrived, we waited three long years to scoop up these wonderful gents. Take notice to their coat variations too!

HANNAH is the full little sister to Haylee. Are you sensing a trend, here?! She was born in December of 2013.  She is much shorter than her big sister Haylee , but weighs about 1700 lbs.  She will grow more in the next year or two. It was thought that Hannah, having the same parents as Haylee, would also be Blue Roan. However, she’s this wonderful dark chocolate bay. In the spring she does roan out a bit on her hips, into a blue roan type color, but sheds out to a chocolate bay. She’s a bay blue-roan!

CHUCK— This is Chuckles- a purebred Percheron we brought from Canada in September of 2016. Why did we go so far for a horse? Chuck comes from an old-style Percheron background, he’ll be a tad bit shorter and stockier than some of his American cousins. His personality is exceptional, calm and curious. Those factors will make it easier to match him to our shorter, stockier Brabants.

Chuckles works well with Hannah and we’ll use them together often.
Chuckles and Hannah together again.

ROSCOE is our Pony-Horse Mascot. He was given to us in 2014 at the age of around 1 1/2 years old.  He’s a pony/horse cross and at first we weren’t sure if we would keep him, or fatten him up and find him a forever home.  However, his pony antics were too hard to resist and his job for now,  is to be a companion horse, playmate and draft horse athletic director.  He keeps those big guys moving!

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Shaymus – Full brother to Fergus, Shaymus comes from the same breeding stock that produced our Haylee, Hannah, Fergus & Finn. Shaymus will be going for harness training Spring of 2021. He seems to grow a bit slower than normal, so we’ll give him a little more time!

Big Brother Fergus with Little Brother Shaymus

Here’s Bob! Affectionately called Super Bob, this American Belgian is 21 years old and recently retired from full time farm and forest work. He moved from Wisconsin to Michigan just before Thanksgiving of 2020 to live a life of semi retirement here at Fantail Farm. Bob is a great team worker and his experience is greatly appreciated. We’re still discovering what Bob knows!!

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