THE BARN CREW
AKA THE BADASS BELGIAN
owner, program designer, trainer, coach
Deauke is the engine and creative mind of Barn Santé.
She moved over from Belgium in June 2014 and started up Barn Santé one year later. She is a lifelong learner, with a never ending hunger for life and always pushing her own (mental and physical) boundaries.
Loves loves loves: humor, nature, music, working out, all critters, bubbles, quotes, unexpected encounters with friends, siestas and vanilla ice cream.
Does not like: a negative attitude.
Is: effervescent, impulsive, intuitive.
Do NOT: challenge her (she WILL do it!)
AKA THE YOGA DOG
mascot, marketing director, model, therapy dog
Indy is pretty popular amongst the female clientele with his beautiful face and charming personality. With him always attending the classes, he has become quite the Yoga Dog.
Indy was adopted in 2015 from rescue shelter Lakeshore Paws in Valparaiso, IN.
Loves loves loves: to cuddle, to chew, the relaxation part of a yoga session, vanilla ice cream.
Does not like: fireworks, electric fences.
Is: absolutely adorable.
Do NOT: play tug of war with him (he WILL win!)
Yoga Horse, Little Stinker
Spietje is the 5 year mini-horse, born and raised in Belgium and happy to have joined the rest of his family in the USA. He assists in Barn Santé's equine workshops and is a great help when people are too intimidated to work with his big "brothers".
Loves loves loves: attention, a good rub, carrots, apples, race tracks, empty buckets to stick his head in.
Does not like: to be lunged, stand still for long, fresh shavings.
Is: very smart and very fast to sneak under the wired fence.
Do NOT: leave your whip lying in the pasture (he WILL chew it!).
AKA BLACK BEAUTY
Yoga Horse, Therapy Horse
Luke, 15 years, is a gracious Friesian and has traveled a long journey with Deauke (literally and figuratively).
He is not the 'bombproof' horse that she sometimes wishes for... but the saying does go that horses are the mirror of your soul, right?...
Loves loves loves: a good butt rub, to show off, 24-hour pasture access.
Does not like: horse flies, de-worm paste.
Is: insecure if you are insecure.
Do NOT: put shoes on his feet, blanket him (he loves it the natural way).
AKA JUST HORSY
Yoga Horse, Therapy Horse
Perdje was saved from a Horse farm by Deauke in October 2016. He was not the 14 year old tall horse the sales man has sold to her, but a scared and unloved over 20 years old horse.
So, he stayed at Barn Santé and lives happily after after.
Note: And so Perdje did... he went to horse heaven in December 2018. Run free, Perdje.