Caregivers

Our stable manager and chief caregiver at Wild Apple Ranch is Janelle Smalley.

Janelle Smalley

A native of Northern Michigan, Janelle has cared for animals and ridden horses since childhood. She earned her B.S. degree in Animal Science from the University, of Hawaii at Hilo in 2000, where she studied nutrition, anatomy, reproduction, pasture management, and soil analysis. She was awarded a Teaching Assistantship to work with her professors in special equine laboratory sessions and projects.

She was employed as a Veterinary Assistant for three years before returning to Michigan. Janelle received her Post Graduate Certificate in Equine Science from the University of Edinburgh in 2012.

She tells her story this way:

"As with many people horses have touched my life with a special happiness. Many years ago I knew that working with horses would be a life long goal for me. I have the opportunity here at Wild Apple Ranch to give something of myself to these magnificent animals! It's easy for me to find patience to care for there special needs even under adverse conditions. I see the dignity in our senior horses and my respect for them can host an abundance of care and understanding. Knowing that I can give something of myself to bring them comfort, to help them heal, or to just make any kind of positive impact in their life, I can approach every day with enthusiasm!"

The goals of Wild Apple Ranch &mdash to provide a peaceful environment for healing the ill or injured horse, to care for and stimulate the lives of the elderly retired horse—to give each horse individualized care-these are my goals, too. Please contact us to see what we can do for you and your horse. We would love to play a role in giving your horse a healthy and happy life.