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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...

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...

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.

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...

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..."

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...

military veteran brushes chestnut horse

Shiloh

I met Shiloh at a time when I thought there was no hope for me to enjoy life again...

female police officer wearing helmet, safety vest, and badge rides a bay Clydesdale with four white socks on an asphalt road. the horse wears a badge on his breastcollar

Tank

"Tank was taken in and had been beaten and had a hard time trusting people and needed a job..."

woman wearing blue tee-shirt, blue riding pants, and purple helmet is riding a bay horse in an English saddle. she is posed for the camera, smiling. Horse is wearing protective boots.

Micha

"During a spring ride with a friend I fell off my horse. I shattered my lower leg and cracked my hip..."

young boy (with happy face emoji over face to protect identity) holding a blue rope and leading a sorrel horse. The boy is also petting the horse's cheek.

Buttons

Tentatively and quietly he said, "I can't go to school." The words came out as if they had been clawing in his throat all day and finally managed to narrowly escape...

woman wearing blue shirt and black cowboy hat riding a sorrel horse and giving a thumbs up

Kody

I was the Equestrian Director of a private school named Bachman Academy, for children with special needs. They ranged in grades from middle school to high school...