Reader Story

Reader Story
oliver

Oliver

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

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Cookie

Professional Cookie was our barn's sweetheart...

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.

Buck

Buck

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

Tank

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

therapy horse dusty

Dusty

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

therapy horse fahey

Fahey

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

therapy horse blueberry

Blueberry

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

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...

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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...

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Liver

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

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.

therapy horse oscar

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

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”...

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Trixie

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

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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

Harley

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

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...

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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...

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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.

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...

very adorable miniature therapy horse named Tootsie stands in cross ties

Tootsie

"Tootsie is a wonderful 36-year-old pony who is still going strong.."

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..."

bay paint horse in colorful halter

Liberty

"Liberty is a Paint draft mix. She joined the Horses for Hope herd in 2014..."

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Smoke

"Smoke is a bay Quarter Horse and he is our go-to horse for beginner children at Lets Saddle Up..."

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..."

Older looking horse wearing a pink and black winter blanket walks through a pasture

Sugar

"Thirty-two-year-old Sugar has been patient with over 150 young children thus far..."

palomino Morgan horse with black rope halter

Kiwi

"Kiwi is a one-in-a-million therapy horse. She's a 20-year-old Haflinger that's been with us for over 15 years..."