Four Legged Therapists
Buford was new to Equi-librium in 2017. This black and white paint gelding, born in 2004, stands tall and handsome, and with his impeccable manners he reminds us of an English butler! 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.
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
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 very well trained in western pleasure. He can be a bit on the slow side, but that’s just great for many of our riders. His steady eddy gaits and personality has made him a favorite with the instructors and participants; volunteer Marisa has claimed him as “hers”!
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.
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.
The "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.
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. Ben is "adopted" and is generously cared for throughout part of the year by Pat Sayler, the first CEO of Equi-librium.
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.
Buddy might as well be wearing a cowboy hat, because in his previous life, he was ridden on a ranch! This handsome man was born in 2005. He is especially fond of rolling in the pasture grass, which is a funny sight to see! He has the sweetest disposition, and is very smart - he loves to engage his leader, and is a great seat for our riders. He was purchased through a generous grant from The Stabler Foundation.
Faith is a grey, born in 2002. She was rescued from a kill pen and trained to do roman riding by a good friend of Equi-librium. She immediately fit right in and made friends with her stallmates. She loves the campers, and stands patient and still while they use her as a canvas! She’s happy to let them create handprints, rainbows, write their names, and many other creative images, because she knows afterward it means she’ll have a bath! She was purchased through a generous grant from The Stabler Foundation.
From the moment he arrived, Cash stole our hearts. Born in 2003, this 15.3 hand tri color paint (brown and white paint with a black mane) is here at the behest of a former volunteer who watched Cash be ridden by every child in their family, nieces and nephews included. Now that they are all done riding, she felt Cash still had a lot of love and desire to work in him, so he's with us as long as he loves being ridden in our program. He immediately was comfortable in our program, and everyone welcomed him here - he's easy to love! Cash is here on a free lease by a friend of Equi-librium.
There was a great stir on Friday, September 21st here on the farm…that’s because Brownie arrived! Born in 2009, this little brown pony is a new addition to our herd. Even though his size is diminutive, his ability to capture attention is outsized to say the least. At 12 hands, he is, in size, in between our mini, Li’l Bear, and Snickers, our smallest pony. He can assist small riders who are here for hippotherapy, but he can also pull a cart, and will be an excellent addition to our driving program. His formal introduction at our Fall Participant Horse Show and Open House was the highlight of the day! Brownie was donated to us by a friend of Equi-librium.
Toby reminds of us Snickers - similar in color, size, and the markings on his head, he’s a welcome new addition to the herd. Toby, a sorrel Quarter Horse gelding, was born in 2000, and stands 15 hands tall. He is already comfortable here after less than a month and will be making his debut in program before long. We are excited to see how he will do with riders and think he will quickly take over many of the lessons from some of the “older guys”. He was purchased through a generous grant from The Stabler Foundation.
Renny is the newest horse on the farm; this handsome Palomino arrived just before Halloween. This 13.2 hand Halflinger gelding, born in 2008, is short, stocky, and strong. He came to us named “Mickey”, but we didn’t think he looks like a Mickey - we all think mouse when we say it! We considered a few options and then landed on Renny, which is Gaelic for “small but mighty”. He would much rather be out in the pastures than in a stall and he’s not opposed to slipping through a stall guard if he can get away with it! He is ready to be integrated into both the driving and riding program and we know he will quickly take the burden from a number of our other horses. We are so excited to see him with riders, and once outfitted with a new cart and harness, with carriage driving participants, as well. He was purchased through a generous grant from The Stabler Foundation.
Equi-librium is looking for a few good horses to add to our herd! We have space for 15, and currently have 14, but a few will be retiring soon. We are really interested in finding one or two larger drafts or draft crosses, and another pony would help to address our program needs as they currently stand. If you know of a horse that could be donated or sold (at a reasonable rate), or you have one yourself and you’d consider offering it to be used in a program like the one we have here at Equi-librium, this handy checklist, filled out and sent to us at firstname.lastname@example.org would be the first step in that process. Thank you for your consideration!