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.
Doc Hudson is definitely one of a kind!! Doc is another 16 hand gelding who has really adapted well to our program and is suitable for a variety of riders. He isn’t in a hurry to go anywhere and enjoys his naps 🙂 He is owned by Shelly Bartels who is a regular volunteer here at HorsePower! We love him here!
Diesel is one of our “huskier” quarter horses. His bulky 16.2 hands have been a huge asset to our therapeutic riding/ground work programs for our bigger riders. He is currently leased to HorsePower by Sarah Newell, who is also a regular volunteer out here at HorsePower! We are happy to have Diesel!
Chip is the cutest 12 hands you’ll ever see!!! He is an 18 year old hackney cross pony who was donated by the Pulscher family to be used in our Hippotherapy program after Spanky’s retirement. He has adapted so quickly and is a huge part of our program! Welcome to the club ‘Chipper” 🙂
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.
Captain America is a 11 year old Gypsy Vanner Horse that was purchased from Kentucky with the generous Sanford’s Legends for Kids grant. He is used in all three of our programs and his sturdy 13 hand build makes him extremely adaptable to many different sized riders.
Sonny is a 10 year old Arabian that is owned by HorsePower. He is used in therapeutic riding and groud work. His registered name is “Son of a Preacher Man” and his full sister has had a lot of success in the jumping arena! Although Sonny doesn’t do a lot of jumping here…he sure is a winner in our arena!
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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