Meet Our Horses

  

  Opal: Born in 2001, this 16 hand Percheron gem 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. Opal also doubles as an artists' canvas because of her 
   white color. In the summer, the campers cap off their week by painting her!  

Beau: Beau is new to Equi-librium in 2017. He did belong to one of our volunteer families, and we're so grateful they sold 
him to us for our program! Before coming to Equi-librium, he was involved in hunter/jumper activities. He took to therapeutic
riding immediately, and from his first day he felt like just one of the gang, coming to fences to greet people, and having a wonderful disposition. We were able to start him in lessons right away, which is a big help for our program! He was purchased through a generous grant from The Stabler Foundation.

 

 

Jackie: Born in 2007, this beautiful, black and elegant, 15.3 hand Percheron/Standardbred mare is a  “Jackie of all trades". Jackie joined 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 

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.

 RedSun: 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.


 

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.


H
is 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 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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