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THERAPY HORSES

THE LIFE BLOOD OF OUR MISSION

"My therapist says 'Neigh'."

It takes a very special animal to become a therapy horse...

  • Our horses are donated, rescued, purchased, & leased

  • They provide over 700 therapeutic sessions each year

  • They provide free services to veterans & first responders

Meet the horses, scroll down or click here. 

"I want to donate my horse."

  • Please review the 6 qualities that we look for in a therapy horse: CLICK HERE.

  • Fill out our HORSE DONATION FORM.

  • Owner / donor must agree to a 90-day TRIAL PERIOD.  The horse will be boarded at our facility while its suitability for our programs is evaluated.  During this trial period, the horse will be exposed to therapy equipment, mounting blocks, walkers, wheelchairs, toys, balls, sidewalkers, leaders, loud noises, sudden movements, unbalanced riding weight, and applied pressure on all parts of the body.  The horse's body language and reactions will be noted and graded.

 

OUR HERD

consider giving a gift to support your favorite therapy horse

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SUNSHINE

Foaled : apprx 1997

Breed : Tennessee Walker

Sex : Mare

Color : Black

Height : 14.3 H

Came to Strides: 2012

 

Sunshine would love nothing more than to babysit all the little humans.  Her other favorite thing is scratching her belly in the warm summer grass while she grazes laying down.  She is a big mover which provides a lot of input to clients.  She is also the boss of the entire Strides herd.  Sunshine had one baby when she was younger named Oreo.

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HOPE

Foaled : apprx 1990

Breed : Morgan

Sex : Mare

Color : Chestnut

Height : 15 H

Came to Strides: December 2014

 

Hope is an invaluable member of the Strides herd.  She drops her head, gets bright-eyed and nickers softly when she sees her extra little 2yo and 3yo riders come towards her.  She is the sweetest soul.  Hope was rescued from slaughter.

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Red Opie

 

Foaled: 2010

Breed: Appaloosa-Arab cross

Sex: gelding

Color: red roan

Height: 

Came to Strides: 2019

 

Opie acclimated to our programs very quickly.  He has become a huge asset and so well loved.

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GYPSY

 

Foaled: 2006

Breed: Quarter Horse

Sex: mare

Color: chestnut paint

Height: 14.1 H

Came to Strides: August 2016

 

Gypsy was purchased from a lovely family that had rescued her and rehabbed her back to health after Gypsy had been starved to near-death.  She is a sweet, sensitive soul who demonstrates what it takes to learn to trust again.  Gypsy knows how to tip-toe very slowly when working with her tiny riders.

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Lily

 

Foaled: 2010

Breed: Paint-Arab cross

Sex: mare

Color: gray "white" paint