The Horses That Change Lives

Badger

Breed: AQHA
Sex: Gelding
Year Foaled: 2003
Background: Obstacle Challenges, Mounted Drill Team, Ranch riding
Joined the Herd: 2022

Buddy

Donated by Jean Kaske
Breed: Oldenburg
Sex: Gelding
Year Foaled: 2001
Background: Jumping
Joined the Herd: 2019

Clyde

Donated by Lindsay Pankow.
Breed: Pony
Sex: Gelding
Year Foaled: 2003
Background: barrell racing
Joined the Herd: 2018

Comet

Breed: Quarter Horse
Sex: Gelding
Year Foaled: 2008
Background: Trail riding
Joined the Herd: 2019

Delta

Donated by Teale Humphries
Breed: APHA
Sex: Gelding
Year Foaled: 2000
Background: Ranch Work
Joined the Herd: 2022

Dexter

Donated by Jackie Watskin
Breed: Arabian/Welsh
Sex: Gelding
Year Foaled: 2002
Background: hunter jumper
Joined the Herd: 2017

Fancy

Breed: Appendix
Sex: Mare
Year Foaled: 2000
Background: Western Pleasure
Joined the Herd: 2019

Itty Bitty

Breed: American Miniature Horse
Sex: Mare
Year Foaled: 2016
Background: Therapy Training
Joined the Herd: 2022

Peppermint Patty

Breed: Pony of the Americas
Sex: Mare
Year Foaled: 1998
Background: lesson pony and pony hunter competition
Joined the Herd: 2015

Raisin

Donated by Janet Dawson
Breed: American miniature horse
Sex: Mare
Year Foaled: 2007
Background: Competitive driving
Joined the Herd: 2022

Red

Donated by Lawrence and Susan Isaacs
Breed: Appendix
Sex: Gelding
Year Foaled: 2005
Background: Western pleasure and Hunter jumper
Joined the Herd: 2015

River

Breed: Quarter Horse
Sex: Gelding
Year Foaled: 2011
Background: Barrel Racing
Joined the Herd: 2020

Sampson

Breed: Quarter Horse
Sex: Gelding
Year Foaled: 2007
Background: Trail Riding
Joined Herd: 2021

Tiger

Breed: AQHA
Sex: Gelding
Year Foaled: 2006
Background: Ranch Work
Joined Herd: 2022

Would your horse make a great therapy horse?

Our team seeks opportunities to meet prospective therapy horses. The herd is constantly shifting and changing as some approach retirement. This is a mentally and physically challenging job for a horse and the qualities we seek in horses are quite different than what some people think.

Our participants benefit from the horse’s movement. A therapy horse would be sound at the walk, trot and canter, with rhythmic and balanced gait. The horse must be able to work easily in hand, and tolerate one or two volunteers walking and trotting beside them. We use assertive devices and equipment to mount riders and the horse must be accepting of this process. We would need the horse to be obedient to both voice and lead signals.

The 90-day trial period is outlined below. If you are interested in donating a horse to be used in our programs, please complete the Prospective Horse Form and we will contact you to discuss our program needs. If you have any questions, please e-mail horse@ntrc.org or call (239) 596-2988.

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Horse Retirement

After our magical therapy horses have worked hard and long hours to provide the best therapy services, NTRC is dedicated to providing each of them a comfortable retirement when the time is right. Some of our horses are retired to a large horse ranch in Texas, while others are carefully located and provided for at a private home/barn.

Those that are retired to Camp Rusk are funded by proceeds raised at the annual Hoof & Hike Poker Run held in January each year. Additional private donations from generous supporters also support this fund.

In honor or memory of the many horses that served our riders with patience, kindness, and loyalty throughout the years.

 

Garth

 

Buddy

 

Pick a Spot

 

Yager

 

Ted

 

Sundance

 

Perfect

 

Nick

 

Kid

 

Bo

 

Kokomo Joe

 

Snickers

 

Expo

 

Dottie

 

Ditto

 

Amber

 

Flash

 

Majesty

 

Bear

 

Bella

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