A couple of new guys are getting acclimated to life on the campus of the historic John de la Howe School. One has been described as a “redneck.” The other is said to be “snazzy.”
You won’t find Bud and Snazzy in the brick cottages or getting on the school bus. They spend most of their days just soaking up the sun.
Bud and Snazzy were added to the Equine Program at JDLH and are among the nine horses and donkey that can be seen in the pastures, said Kathy LoGiudice, who has served as an equine adviser and volunteer at the school for more than two years.
Horses have played an integral role in John de la Howe’s agricultural history. They provided transportation and helped out with work in the fields in the early years of the school. Today, they are nurturers and comforters to young people.
Bud and Snazzy are a good fit with the school’s history and mission.
Bud, a Quarter Horse whose registered name is Our Redneck Buddy, is a 12-year-old gelding from Aiken. He stands 15.2 hands high and is perfect for trail riding, said LoGiudice.
“Bud has an awesome temperament, very gentle,” she said. “He is an all-around nice and quiet gentleman.
She describes the chestnut-colored Bud as always being “in your pocket … a Curious George sort of horse,” always wondering what the humans might have to share with him.
Snazzy, whose registered name is Snapper Dee Zapper, is a palomino gelding. The 18-year-old Quarter Horse, who is slightly shorter than Bud, also came to JDLH from Aiken.
“Snazzy is even more gentle than Bud,” LoGiudice said, describing him as more “whoa than go.”
Bud and Snazzy joined the other horses and “Little Mister,” the school’s donkey, in November and are adapting quickly to life at JDLH. “They get along well with the other horses and even hang out together,” she said.
LoGiudice, whose love for horses began with her years as a Girl Scout in New York, said, “My work with the horses is an act of love, and it always will be.”
Just as horses touched her life in her youth, the horses at John de la Howe provide an “awesome benefit” to the young people at the school, she said.
“Horses are emotionally beneficial to children and adults,” said LoGiudice, citing studies that show the value of animals on physical and mental health. “Horses help us develop confidence and self-esteem, as well as patience and responsibility.”
Further, the opportunities to learn about grooming and husbandry can help students to develop skills and knowledge that they can use to make a living, she said.
“Being with horses is a great learning experience, and having a love for animals does, indeed, develop a person’s character. It is a privilege to be in the company of a horse.”
Italian horse breeder Federico Tesio said, “A horse gallops with his lungs, perseveres with his heart, and wins with his character.”
We think Bud and Snazzy have won over many hearts, and their life on our campus is just beginning!