DESPERADO – ATFO 2024 Diamond Division


ATFO candidate in training with Danielle Mullens of Mullens Horsemanship.*

2019 Appalachian Brumby
Chestnut gelding
13.3 hh estimated
FEE: $1500 starting bid in August


*TRAININGThis horse is part of a special training event called the Appalachian Trainer Face Off. You can learn about it on the ATFO Facebook page or website. Horses in this training event are adoptable in August, following 100+ days of training.


Desperado – This beautiful little boy is working hard to let somebody love him. Born into a feral herd in Grant County, West Virginia, Desperado has been with the rescue since 2021 and had the opportunity to learn the basics from a couple of HOP fosters before joining up with Danielle Mullens of Mullens Horsemanship to show off what he can learn under saddle for the August competition.

Danielle says Desperado has a ton of personality and really enjoys having a job. At this point, Desperado knows how to…

  • Tie
  • Load
  • Lunge (free and on a line)
  • Line drive
  • Walk and trot under saddle in a ring and in a field

He did wonderful on his first trail ride. Desperado needs to develop more confidence when things are out of the ordinary. He is a quick spook, but over it fast. He is working on the lope. Danielle says overall he is a joy to be around and work with. Danielle says she’s already had some great rides with him and really enjoys getting to know him. Here’s what she says: “There are a lot of things I like about Desperado, but one thing I love is how much he loves people. Even as training has gotten more demanding, he still genuinely wants to be with people and build connections. I truly enjoy just being in this little horse’s presence.” Keep up with Desperado’s journey at #hopteamdesperado.

Adoption Info:

Adoption fees may be outdated, as a horse may have moved into training, so check with us on most current fee. Horses adopted are typically up to date on vaccines, dental floats, farrier care and all vet needs.

Horses are typically located in the Appalachian area, but please inquire about a horse’s specific location when you apply!

We are looking to adopt to safe homes.

A history of good horsemanship, the ability to provide sufficient care with good vet, farrier and peer references are important. If you are a first-time horse owner, we will require you to board at a facility for the first year while you learn more about care. We encourage everyone to take advantage of riding lessons.

Foal adoptions require previous, established experience with youngsters.

Our adoption process makes sure you get the right horse for you – it is a no-fail process for finding the right match.

Apply at https://www.wvhorserescue.org/adopt

  • Height: 13.3 hh estimated
  • Registered: No
  • Age: 5
  • Date Foaled: 01/01/2019
  • Color: Chestnut
  • Discipline: Trail Horse
  • Gender: Gelding
  • Is this a rescue?: Yes
  • Rescue's Name: Heart of Phoenix Equine Rescue, INC