Age: 9

Color: Sorrel with flaxen mane and tail

Arrival Date to Cargo: February 2, 2013

Quick Facts:

  • Holds the title of “Largest Horse at Cargo Ranch”

  • Is the only horse on The Ranch to have been purchased. (Most are rescued, some donated)

  • Half Belgian draft and half paint horse, though his looks are mostly Belgian breed.

  • Mirrors the story of the elephant who was afraid of the mouse. Max struggles with confidence.

  • When around kids, we have noticed that Max is both slow moving and shows patience and bravery that he does not show with mentors or other adults.

  • So many names were suggested for this unique horse, we asked the kids of Cargo to vote. Maximus won. Co-founder, Jeff will tell you it’s a strong name, like “Maximus Decimus Meridius”, but in truth, the kids liked it because of the horse in Disney’s “Tangled”, also of the name Maximus.

  • Excels at Liberty Work. It uses less pressure and more freedom for his feet to move. Thus building confidence in him slowly but surely.

Maximus' Story 

Maximus brings bright-eyed wonder to Cargo and everyone he encounters. Everything seems new and exciting and sometimes scary. He seems generally unaware of his size and can try to masquerade as a lap dog instead of a draft horse if not reminded. He is our resident gentle giant. He has integrated into the herd in such a way that it seems unimaginable to think he was ever not here. He is the horse that everyone, upon arrival to The Ranch, wants to meet. Every volunteer in training wants to pick him. Every kid wants to ride him. People want to just look at him. There is something about how the Lord put him together that is a reminder to all he encounters it takes guts to be gentle and kind. To be vulnerable and teachable in your own personal unknown is an often overlooked gift. Every year that passes with this gelding we are thankful.

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