Meet our herd of our equine staff members
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, Finn.
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.”
Deborah is 25 years old and the beloved Therapeutic Equine Therapy 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!
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 Misty Meadows.
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.
Finn is a 14.3 hand Appaloosa gelding. He has a puppy dog demeanor, strawberry roan freckles and rosy colored cheeks. Finn is quick to please under the saddle, a superb trail mount and enjoys cuddling. He has taken a special liking to being part of our mounted archery program; his easy transitions and smooth gaits make him a fan favorite! He is a very dependable guy who is always the first to greet you at the gate.
Noble is a grey Draft cross gelding . He is 15.1 hands but very stocky with a big personality to match. Noble recently came out of retirement and joined us in everything from therapeutic riding to drill team. Noble takes pride in watching over our heard, especially at night. He is respected by our other horses and is most definitely the leader when turned out in a group. He is a sweet loving guy who enjoys having a very important job here at Misty.
Jasper is an 8 year old Quarter Horse gelding. He is a solid bay with a perfect white star on his forehead. Jasper is 15.2 hands with a stocky build making him suitable for all size riders. He came from a western training background, so he has a great jog and lope. Jasper is a crucial part of our therapeutic and horsemanship programs. He has a very laid back personality and is has the sweetest puppy-dog eyes!
Lily is a 12 year old Gypsy Vanner mare. She is sweet, solid and loves children. Besides being beautiful, her long forelock, mane and tail provide plenty of practice for braiding. She has quickly become a fan favorite in the barn due to her affectionate disposition and tranquil energy.
Howie is a 12 year old Quarter Horse gelding. He loves company, humans and horses alike, and will follow you around. Howie has very kind eyes, a snuggly personality and is quite curious by nature.