Meet Our Horses
Horses are the foundation of our work and essential to our success. We seek good mannered, sound, safe and well-cared for horses. Our herd is a mix of breeds, ages and backgrounds. When possible, we work with horses that might otherwise be jobless or in need of a new career. Every horse is retrained by our staff before becoming part of our Therapeutic, EAL or horsemanship programs.
Shardon has been a stoic, caring teacher for most of his 26 years. He is a gorgeous copper Dutch Arabian with flashy moves and loves to show off his float-like trot. In his younger years, Shardon was a successful dressage competitor. These days, he loves teaching kids and hanging with his best buddy, Hero.
Deborah is 25 years old and the beloved Rising Tide horse since its inception a decade ago. She is an Australian bred Halflinger from Wadek-U-Lesa Farm in Quebec, Canada. The Halflinger breed originated in Tyrol, Austria in the 1800s from the crossing of a ½ Arab stallion and a refined Tyrollean mare. They were originally used as all-around farm horses.Today’s Halflinger has evolved into an excellent pleasure horse. They are calm, good natured, sure footed, and willing to work. Deborah demonstrates all of these qualities and more! She is deeply loved by our riders, volunteers, and staff. She is a star!
This sweet guy is a chestnut Quarterhorse. He is 17 years old. Spice was formerly a jumping horse. While retired from his jumping career, he is an outstanding therapy horse. He even has shown talent in basic dressage movements. He is a sensitive, intuitive, and overall great guy! He has lots of get-up-and-go and is known for his “bouncy seat.”
Callie is kind, gentle and very refined. This sweet girl loves to spend time with kids and enjoys getting lots of attention. She is a hard worker and active in all of the programs at the Horse Center.
Jasmine is a sassy chestnut mare with lots of personality. She is sweet with people and a little bossy with other horses. Her part arab breeding gives her a very refined classy look that always gets attention. She's very good at posing for the camera!
Zeb is a gentle guy who speaks his mind. He gets along with everyone and teaches us the value of patience and acceptance. He works in the EAL and horsemanship programs. And who doesn't love those big ears!
Pumba Is the cutest blue eyed paint cross. He loves attention and going out on trails. Pumba is steady and safe for all levels of riders and takes part in all our programs, one of his favorite activities is working with students learning mounted archery and doing pony rides for little kids. Pumba always comes up to say hi to visitors in a very polite and friendly way. He loves being part of the herd but sometimes we have to limit his grass consumption for health reasons and then he likes to hang out with Jazz.
Woody is an elegant gray with showy moves that won him lots of show ribbons in his past. He is kind and sweet, always gentle with other horses and all humans. He love to canter freely in the meadows floating as he gallops. He is great with the kids and makes a perfect canvas for horse painting and hands on fun activities.
Shayna, the beautiful one, is sweet and curious. She likes to stick her nose into everything, loves attention and is not easily rattled. Although she ran free with a wild herd of mustangs a short time ago, she is quiet, slow, and teaches others the value of trust. Shayna is a close buddy of Zeb and she can run just as fast as a race horse.