Afire Krewe joined us in December 2019 and came from a dude ranch in New Mexico and before that he was a high level Park Horse competitor. So he has much to learn about his new life as a therapeutic riding horse. But, so far he's showing he is a very fast learning. Afire will be 20 in March 2020. He is just under 15 hands and more narrow than our other horses which is perfect for our riders with cerebral palsy. Currently, February 2020, he is in training to learn he doesn't have to carry his head way up and to stand and walk quietly when asked to help our riders. He is learning very very fast and we expect him to be working with our riders in the near future.
Dakota - aka, Impressun My Bunny, came to our program in November of 2010. She is a 20 year old Paint horse who has a dual side to her. On her left side she is a beautiful bay, but when she turns around, her secret side comes out as a beautiful paint. She's about 15.2 hands and has a very very - did I say very - smooth trot that is lots of fun to ride. Dakota is big enough to carry our older riders.
Freckles, who is registered as Verse a te Gal, is a 26 year old Paint mare. You see, she was really shy and hiding when God was painting all the paint horses born that day. Because of that, she missed being "painted" but got speckles of paint all over her, which gave her name - Freckles. Freckles came to us in 2009 when the little girl who owned her decided to do Rodeo Queening and not Western Pleasure showing. We are very lucky because Freckles has a nice trot and a quiet canter. Her broad back is strong to carry our older riders and give nice support to those needing it. The kids just love "dotting" the freckles on her butt as they ride facing backwards.
Liber-T is a 28 year old Dutch Warmblood who belonged to Chris and Craig Hudson since before she was born. Liber-T is Chris' "Levels Horse" and they are playing in Level 4 in the Parelli Natural Horse-Man-Ship Program. Liber-T is very sensitive and responds to her rider's signals with very little aids. Liber-T's gaits are very smooth and easy to ride. She has really helped move our riders into a higher level of attention, understanding and coordination.
Stetson is a 1998 model Polish Arabian. He was race bred and spent most of his life as a 100 mile endurance horse. He belongs to the sister of one of our riders, Lauryan, but because he lived 1 hour from Lauryan, she never got an opportunity to spend quality time with him. Oh yes, did I say he likes to go FAST? So, he was not ready for Lauryan either. So, we moved Stetson to our place to be able to give him more training (to not go FAST all the time) and to help him learn to be a good partner to our riders. He still likes to go fast, but is learning that going slow and steady can also be fun. He likes picking up cones and objects which makes everyone smile.