Our Therapy Horses
Each member of our herd has a very unique personality, but they all share traits in common that make them ideal for serving the participants in our therapeutic riding and equine-assisted activities programs. Horses that succeed in these roles tend to be between 10 and 20 years old and have a solid foundation of training and experience. They’re also kind and patient by nature, less reactive than the average horse, and in good health with sound walk, trot, and canter movement which is especially important for riders with physical challenges.
We assess new potential herd members for these desired qualities, followed by a trial period and training program to introduce them to their new role. They practice being on lead, teaming with side-walkers, working with riders that may be vocal or physically unstable, and interacting with items on our sensory trail. They then complete a final assessment before serving riders and participants.
In appreciation of the special gifts our horses provide, we give them the best possible care with the help of veterinarians, equine dentists, horse chiropractors and massage therapists, saddle fitters and farriers. This kind of quality care requires a great deal of resources. Please contact us if you’re interested in making a recurring or one-time contribution toward their care or if you are interesting in donating a horse that may be suitable for our programs.
Full Name: Crescent Lake Berri Wyne. Birthday: May 8, 2002. Personality: full of energy and personality. Fun Fact: She loves being groomed and clearly communicates to participants how much she enjoys the tender attention.
Full Name: Chloe Girl. Birthday: February 14, 1999. Personality: sweet and loving. Fun Fact: She loves taking children on trail rides.
Full Name: Spring Hollow Jocasta. Birthday: May 8, 2002. Personality: hardworking and smart. Fun Fact: She’s a world champion carriage driver in the timed obstacle division.
Full Name: Doublesan Scootnrouge. Birthday: December 15, 2001. Personality: Curious and playful. Fun Fact: Suzie is the star of our unmounted program.
Full Name: Beta B Moet. Birthday: April 23, 1999. Personality: loving and driven. Fun Fact: She loves giving and receiving affection with participants and volunteers.
Full name: DPS Riccan for the stars. Birthday: May 5, 2009. Personality: Sweet and curious. Fun Fact: She is Little Zoey's younger half sister and is active in our therapeutic riding program. Although only 36" tall, she can pull an adult in her little pony cart!
Full Name: DPS Ima Star. Birthday: May 5, 2007. Personality: She is small but mightly, and even a little bossy at times! Fun Fact: She is the star of our Senior's program as she is exactly wheelchair height.
Full Name: The Mighty Quinn. Birthday: June 1, 2010. Gender: Gelding. Breed: Bashkir Curly Horse. Color: Bay. Height: 15.2. Personality: He was donated by a woman named Stephanie in New York. She thought he had the magical touch to change people's lives. Quinn's previous career was as a 2nd level dressage horse. We could not be more excited to welcome such a talent to our herd.
Full Name: Apollo. Birthday: November 12, 2007. Gender: Gelding. Breed: Draft Cross. Color: Black. Height: 16.3. Personality: Very social and curious. He loves people and food! Apollo loves participating in our unmounted program.
Shorty is a twenty year old American Quarter horse from Watertown, Connecticut. He is a free lease to Hidden Acres. Shorty's owner is a retired therapeutic riding instructor and Shorty has past experience working in a therapeutic riding setting. He is 15 hands tall and enjoys being ridden in both Western and English tack. He is a beautiful sorrel (chestnut) color. Shorty integrated smoothly into the Hidden Acres therapy herd and has made good friends with Chloe!
Polo is an eighteen year old thoroughbred from North Stonington, Connecticut. Polo came from another therapeutic riding center where he primarily worked in a veterans program. He is 16 hands tall and is a "flea bitten gray" color (meaning he has a salt and pepper look to his coat). He is turning out to be a wonderful walk/trot horse for riders beginning to be independent. Polo is a free lease to Hidden Acres and we are so happy to welcome him to the therapy herd.