Reader Story

Reader Story


Oliver is a pip of a guy standing just 31 inches tall and the color of a brownie with caramel!...

therapy hors cookie


Professional Cookie was our barn's sweetheart...

therapy horse sunny


Sunny, the namesake of Sunny Creek Ranch, changed my life and continues to change the lives of those who work with her in our veteran equine program.



Buck was rescued and rehabilitated and is now paying it forward by sharing his story and serving as a therapy horse...

reins of rhythm

Reins of Rhythm

Reins of Rhythm is my home, my family, my story of change—my 'Why I am what I am today.'

therapy horse tank


I'm sure everyone says this about their horse, but Tank is unlike any other horse...

therapy horse dusty


Dusty has been in our program since 2017 and has been an irreplaceable member of our herd...

therapy horse fahey


It is with great pride that I introduce Fahey, New Beginnings Therapeutic Riding Foundations' latest addition...

therapy horse blueberry


For years, Eliza loved riding at Hoofbeats Therapeutic Riding Center...

therapy horse moe


Calm, collected, reliable, and trustworthy no matter what the circumstance. These are the words we hear over and over again when describing Moe...



Tommy's journey in the world of Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT) began when he stepped onto the trailer leaving behind his life as an Amish cart horse...



Liver is a registered Haflinger mare and she is 36 years young...

therapy horse marvel


Marvel—"to be filled with wonder or astonishment." A fitting definition and the name of our wonderful 30-year-old therapy horse, Marvel.

therapy horse peaches


Peaches is a 2-year-old dwarf miniature horse that we rescued in 2017. She was 7 months old when we rescued her and had many medical issues with walking and her hooves.

therapy horse oscar


Oscar may be small in stature, but he has a heart to rival Secretariat!

girl with short hair hugs Shetland pony in driving cart harness


Horses have been a wonderful source of comfort in my life. But the first pony I brought home, a little Shetland my neighbor had rescued from the local auction, well, I wouldn’t have called him “comforting”...

hope in the saddle Trixie


Jessica came to Haven Acres in 2016, a very anxious and fearful 9-year-old...

Hope in the Saddle buttercup


Buttercup has been my daughter's horse for therapy for over five years...

woman in purple vest poses with bay horse with white star


In April 2013, our second son ended his own life in his room at our house...

rider in gray tank top and black breeches rides sorrel horse in English saddle on grass


On April 6, 2018, I stood in a college auditorium and scanned rows filled by my faculty colleagues, students, family, and friends—the people I most admire and want to respect me. Then I said something I never thought I’d utter aloud...


Stormy and Shad

I’ve been riding for about 9 years now and it has become my rock. When I was 7 I was hospitalized for an anxiety-induced stomach ulcer...

woman in wheelchair smiles next to black therapy horse at equine therapy barn


I have been riding at the REATH Center for two years now. It has become a big part of my life. When I was born, I was diagnosed with Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita (AMC), a congenital joint contracture in two or more areas of the body.

smiling woman cantering dark bay Paso Fino horse through the wet sand of a beach with ocean waves in the background

Macey & Capri

Oct 17, 2003, a wreck with a drunk driver changed my life in a heartbeat. I went from being healthy and active to using a wheelchair...

william robert therapy horse

William Robert

William Robert is an exceptional pony and a most valued member of Circle C Equestrian Center...