This page is to introduce you to our hardest workers – our Equine “Therapists”! Our horses come to us donated, leased, and purchased. Each is a wonderful story of compassion and kindness.
Legend is an American Paint Horse, and was purchased through a grant from Legends for Kids. He is a big, loveable sweetheart that everyone falls in love with. His silly antics keep everyone smiling at HorsePower!
Phoebe is a Norwegian Fjord horse. She is built to easily carry riders – both adult and children. Her sassy head carriage makes her especially fun for our advanced riders. She is leased to HorsePower by our instructor, Rachel. Our newest social butterfly be sure to see all the latest happening in the barn by following phoebe @hp_pony on twitter!
Peggy Sue is our very own little ray of sunshine! She is small enough to be considered a pony and her delicate features make her a perfect hippotherapy pony for smaller riders. She is patient and loving to everyone she meets! Peggy Sue was donated to HorsePower.
Hurley is an American Paint Horse that is new to HorsePower. He is learning the ropes of therapy horse life and all the new sights and sounds that come with that. Hurley is leased to HorsePower by Hannah Hilger.
Poncho is a beautiful red dun Quarter Horse, and the only other redhead at HorsePower other than our director! He is as steady as they come and perfect for all types of riders. His big, sweet eyes will melt your heart and his can-do attitude makes him a favorite at the barn. Poncho was donated to HorsePower.
Moe is a dashing in his dark coat – the tuxedo of our horses! He loves attention and especially enjoys grooming sessions. Moe has a fast walk and is great for our more advanced riders.
Rusty is a very responsive horse, making him a great mount for our more independent riders. His narrow withers make him a great horse for those riders that have difficulty with tight muscles.
Spanky – Spanky has been with HorsePower since the beginning, it seems. Being a
smaller pony, he is used mostly for ground work or hippotherapy. Despite his
small stature, Spanky thinks he is boss and strangely enough, the other horses
do respect him and give him his space.
At times we are in need of more special horses like the ones above. When we are, we need very gentle, kind, well mannered, and quiet horses. The ideal age range is 10 to 18. Therapeutic riding horses need to be sound enough to carry riders of many sizes for a walk and trot, for at least 3 one-hour lessons, 4-5 days a week. HorsePower is unable to accept horses that have medical issues, teeth issues, or sway back. It is important to recognize that our program is not about horse rescue, but rather the need for very special horses to take care of very special people.
Do you think your equine friend is destined for therapeutic greatness? If so, we would love to talk with you more about them. Please click the links to our donation form below for additional information. We are currently accepting appropriate horses for our program.
Call 605-251-1685, or email Instructor@HorsePowerSF.com
Your donation for up to $4,999.99 is tax deductible.
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