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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...



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


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”...

young boy kneels down to kiss the forehead of a dark brown Thoroughbred horse


Here's to difficult horses...

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...

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...

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


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

palomino Morgan horse with black rope halter


"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 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


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