Meet Our Horses
Jackie: Born in 2007, this beautiful, black and elegant, 15.3 hand Percheron/Standardbred mare is a “Jackie of all trades".Jackie is a newcomer at Equi-librium, joining the herd in October of 2015. She is confident and strong as she effortlessly pulls the wheelchair-accessible Thornlea carriage in the driving program. Jackie also is a dependable, smooth-gaited horse
for our riding program. She was purchased through grants from The Stabler Foundation and Just Born.
Jackie is "adopted" and is generously cared for throughout the year by Just Born
Opal: Born in 2001, this 16 hand Percheron gem is also new to the Equi-librium therapy team.
Opal joined the program team in September of 2015. She has a calm and gentle spirit which
gives our riders confidence. Her gait is slow and steady but don’t let that fool you!
Opal can move when encouraged and displays a gorgeous trot.
Figero: Aka “Figgy” stands 15.2 hands and is a QH/Belgian cross born on May 11, 2005. He is quite the
character. At times he likes to act like the class clown and will complain like a teenager before its time to
work. Once in session, he puts his game face on and is a reliable solid mount for many of our experienced
and independent riders.
Red Sun: His stunning red coat and sunny disposition makes RED Sun, or Sonny, as we call him, a perfect addition to our riding program. This dashing and debonair 15.2 hand paint gelding was born on May 13, 2001 and is a very well trained in western pleasure. His steady eddy gaits and personality has made him a favorite with the instructors and participants.
Diesel: Let’s make some room for Big “D". Who has a heart of gold the size of his body? Diesel, of course.
Born in 2002 and built like a Mack truck, this handsome 16.2 hand painted draft gelding is truly a gentle giant.
His stocky build, kind disposition along with graceful movement provides our teen and adult participants
with the support needed to achieve balance and movement input to improve core strength and posture.
Williem: Born on June 25, 1993, this Oldenburg/Thoroughbred cross known to us as "Willie" is quite the charmer and favorite with the participants in the silver saddle program. This cool, calm and collected 16 hand gelding has been trained in competitive driving and also in dressage. His elegant movement and easy going personality makes him a great asset to our therapeutic riding program.
Ebony:Our driving instructor uses the quote “every princess needs pony” unless (as in this case) the princess
is the pony. Ebony, a Morgan mare born in 2010, is quite the lovely young lady. She joined the team in October 2015
from a Morgan rescue. Ebony is enjoying her new life and training at Equi-librium. She will soon be joining
the therapy team in the riding and driving program.
Snickers: This welsh pony, born in 1994, is as sweet as the candy bar she is named after. This 14 hand bay
pony is reliable and can handle any beginner. Her sweet disposition seems to quiet any upset child and is very patient as her
little riders learn their vaulting positions. Snickers also very well trained for the experienced rider and seems to enjoy to let loose and perform a great canter.
Skyze the Limit: with this Quarter Horse/pony cross. Skye, born in January, 1993, is sorrel in color and
stands 13.3 hands. He is very sweet and sensitive, and if you are not careful, will try and pick your pocket
looking for some treats. Skye is a highly trained and well-rounded pony and can be found working with
children in our riding program as well as teaching children and adults to drive in our therapeutic cart program.
Skye is "adopted" and is generously cared for throughout the year by the Shafer Family Charitable Trust
Ben: Is a handsome brown and white pinto pony gelding standing 14 hands. Born in 1982, he is our senior citizen of the team, and
has been with the program since it began. He is a spry old man, although partially retired he looks forward to his work and always brings energy to make any child smile.
Li'l Bear: Is a brown and white painted miniature horse born June 18, 1993. Although he looks cute and cuddly,
little and mighty better describes him, as he is able to pull 3 times his own weight. Li'l Bear enjoys working in our cart
driving program, is a great hit with the children from Head start who participate in the EAL program and is an
ambassador for Equi-librium as Li'l Bear can be found at times visiting schools, nursing homes, libraries and other
special community events.
His Mercy Endures: Born in 1999, Mercy is a lovely 16.2 hand dark bay thoroughbred mare. Her movement is graceful and she gives you a boost when learning how to post the trot. Mercy may seem aloof when in her stall but once she has her halter or bridle on she is very sweet, kind, and gentle taking care of her riders. You will see Mercy working within the Silver saddles program as well as Special Olympics and riders working toward independence.
Diamond in the Ruff: Ferdinand the bull is how our driving instructor describes Diamond. He is a stocky and
solid built 14.1 hand Quarter Horse/POA (Pony of Americas) cross who is bay with a snowflake coat pattern. The POA breed
is no more than 56 inches it originated from an Arab/Appaloosa mare who had been bred to a Shetland Stallion. Born in May,
2009, this youngster is in training for both riding and driving program. Diamond absolutely loves attention and when students
come into the red barn to prepare for their driving lesson he eagerly looks for their attention and handouts. We hope to have
Diamond active in program by fall.
Old Time Flirtation: AKA Sweet Suzie, a beautiful 15 hand liver chestnut Morgan mare born in 1992. Don’t let her age fool you; Suzie has a lot of energy for her age and is in great shape. Suzie is very versatile as she works well with students participating in Equi-librium’s Developmental Riding and Sensory Integration Programs as well as our more independent riders in the Trail Blazers program. She was a great hit with our young campers and a volunteer favorite.
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