Jack of Hearts

We recently moved to Florida (August 2021), and while we’re still digging out from boxes and trying to pare down belongings to fit in this smaller house, we also added a new member to the family. Fortunately, our move means we have a lot more land here than we did before. So when our elderly neighbors on our street were forced to move and couldn’t take their horse, we adopted him.

Introducing Jack of Hearts, Our New Mini Stallion

We adopted Jack when some neighbors had to leave the home they were renting and needed someone to take care of him. He is sixteen years old and very sweet, if a little feisty sometimes. He hadn’t been accustomed to grooming, and he was being given pig food (and too much of it!), but now he has the proper amount of mini horse grain, nice hay, and fresh grass. He gets curried daily and we even learned to trim his hooves. My youngest, Lisbon, loves Jack! This is him before his hair cut.

Lisbon and Jack


Me and Jack

Here I am  with Jack. You can’t see it, but he has one blue eye and one brown eye.

Teyla and Jack


Flirting Jack

This is our mini stallion, Jack of Hearts, hoping to get through to the flirty horse next door. He loves this mare and one across the street. Thankfully, he is safe behind the fence because they’ve been known to kick. This is Jack after his hair cut (see video below).


Jack’s First Haircut

Teyla Rachel Branton

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8 Responses to “Jack of Hearts”

  1. Nancy Alexander

    Gorgeous horse-very patient with you.

  2. Sugar

    Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year 2022, I offer you joy, comfort, and peace over you and your family. I also pray for your healing and full recovery. The horse is too cute whenever any being is offered love they thrive. Take Care

  3. Jan Rexroth

    Ahhhhh, he’s so cute. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

  4. Wanda

    Hi Teyla (and Lisbon),

    Jack is gorgeous! He seems like a mild mannered horse, especially to stand right there and let you use the shaver on him. I have one that I use on the dog and he hates the buzzing noise. Are you going to braid his mane with red and green ribbon for Christmas? If you do, please post a picture.
    Sorry to hear about your carpal tunnel. I know that it’s caused by repetitive motion. Take a break every 20 minutes From whatever your doing. It helps.

    From my house to yours, Merry Christmas and the Happiest and Healthiest of New Year!

    • Teyla Rachel Branton

      Thank you! We didn’t even think of the green ribbon, lol. We will have to do it next year! Thanks for the idea. 🙂 I will resting the hands often as you suggest. And Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Thanks!

  5. Robert Reid

    Hello Teyla,
    My goodness, the horse is beautiful. I wish I had land and could have such a wonderful companion. Is the horse an appaloosa breed? Your daughter looks just like you! Sorry to hear about the carpal tunnel. Speech software and dictation may be in your future. 🙂
    Thank you for your newsletter, it’s always nice to hear from you.
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family!
    Take care and stay safe,
    Robert (RJ)

    • Teyla Rachel Branton

      Hi Robert! I’m not sure what breed Jack is. We have no information about his except his age, and we aren’t really that knowledgeable about horses yet. We’re learning and know enough to keep him happy! Thank you for the response. Always good to hear from you too! 🙂


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