Four Legged Therapists
Buford was new to Equi-librium in 2017. 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
Figero stands 15.2 hands and is a Quarter Horse/Belgian cross born on May 11, 2005. He is quite the character. At times he likes to act like the class clown and will complain like a teenager before its time to work. Once in session, he puts his game face on and is a reliable solid mount for many of our experienced and independent riders.
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 a very well trained in western pleasure. His steady eddy gaits and personality has made him a favorite with the instructors and participants.
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.
Skyze the Limit
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.
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 the year by Pat Sayler.
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.
Hershey is a Quarter Horse cross born in 2004. She has a beautiful blue right eye and a brown left eye. Shy at first, she warms up quickly. Hershey has been looking for a job and is eager to learn her role here at Equi-librium.
Willow is a beautiful chestnut mare. Born in 2007, this striking Canadian warmblood is strong and confident. She enjoys being around people and her trot looks like she's floating on a cloud. Willow is quite intelligent and learns her lesson quickly.
Robert is a Standardbred cross, born in 2006. He is a total love bug and enjoys giving and receiving hugs. He is very curious and is willing to try anything. Always the first to greet visitors at the fence, he is a delight with whom to work and spend time.
Mr. Wranglin Cat (known as Ranger on the farm) is a calm and cool American Quarter Horse. Foaled in 2010 in Alberta, Canada, he made the long journey to Pennsylvania with his buddy Willow. When crossing the border they had to go through customs just like we do. I hope they had their passports out!