Reader Story

Reader Story
therapy horse sunny

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.

therapy horse moe

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

Tommy

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...

therapy horse marvel

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

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.

girl with short hair hugs Shetland pony in driving cart harness

Basil

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”...

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

Angie

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...

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

Pride

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.

a palomino Pony of the Americas stands on a grassy lawn in front of a red barn

Hamilton

"From therapy lessons with children with cerebral palsy to teaching a beginner rider with a slight mental disability how to trot by themselves to competing in mid-level eventing, Hami does it all..."

sorrel horse with star and stripe

Hotrod

"It was a July day, the sun was bearing down, and I had just slid out of the saddle after a trail ride. My helmet was loose—most of my hair was gone. My blood pressure was low, a side effect of chemo..."

Army veteran John S. stands next to therapy horse Hot Rod, petting his neck

Hot Rod

"I'm an Army veteran who has a traumatic brain injury, major depression, and anxiety. Before I got involved with horse therapy life just felt like a dark road I was just wandering on..."

young rider sitting on a bay horse at therapeutic riding center surrounded by volunteers

Nemo

Nemo was an 11-year-old Welsh pony listed online for sale. The ad said he was a hunter/jumper pony, great temperament, and ridden by a child...