Hawthorne (nicknamed "Bello" and "Big Boy") was intended to be a serious dressage horse, but his owners found that he had an old (healed) fracture to his navicular bone that caused him to go lame from time to time. They loved him very much, and wanted him to go to a place where he would be coddled, so they chose Star Gazing Farm!
Hawthorne is, indeed, a big boy, standing at 17-1 hands and weighing
an estimated 1400 pounds. He is a gentle giant, though. He is very tolerant
of the sheep and goat shenanigans that go on, doesn't flinch when the
puppy races through his legs, and leads very nicely. He's brought some
much needed leadership to the farm; after his predecessor Lucy died, there
were power struggles amongst the larger animals, but with the arrival
of Hawthorne his quiet dignity makes everyone behave much better. His
one foible is that he is so tall and his neck is so long, he reaches over
the garden fence to munch on the herbs.