At HART our therapy horses are enriching lives one heart beat at a time.
Each horse has something special and unique to bring to every session, just like their riders. These therapy horses are our friends, our partners, and our teachers. They teach patience, compassion, understanding and unending love. These amazing creatures are full of courage, spirit, beauty, and hope.
Nikki – She is a 20 year old beautiful pinto of unusual color. Nikki spent 15 years as a beloved lesson horse before coming to HART. She is our ‘go-to-girl’. Nikki is the tallest in our barn at about 15h. Nikki is all business and knows how to take care of her rider whether in the arena, playing games, or on the sensory trail. She often knows their abilities before we do. She is trustworthy and dependable and a favorite horse of many clients. She takes care of our most fragile clients, young or old. Nikki likes to spend her free time in the pasture reminding the other horses of their manners. Please join Nikki’s team through a sponsorship. You can fully sponsor her for $100 per month or a partial sponsorship of $25 per month.
Oldermann – Oldermann is a Fjord gelding standing just under 14h. He is 15 years old. He is a gentleman with a kind and gentle soul. His history includes showing, carriage driving and logging on the small farm of his donors. He had also been ridden by children and he even stood at stud for a few years when he was younger. He is kind and sweet and loved by all who meet him. You can fully sponsor this boy with a gentle soul for $100 per month or a partial for $25. Oldermann’s veterinary care is sponsored by Dr. Terry Gerros, DVM, DACVIM of Santiam Equine.
Rock Creek Fiesta – Fiesta is a 5 year old Gypsy Vanner mare. She is calm, quiet, and loves to be the center of attention. She is a very curious mare who is happiest when she is around people. She is easy going and thoughtful in new situations. Fiesta has an extremely broad back to go along with her fancy markings. When her training is finished she will be a wonderful therapy horse. If you’d like to sponsor Fiesta, let us know or click the link below.
Sparky – Sparky is an adorable miniature horse gelding who is approximately 3 years old. He was rescued from a bad situation and after his recovery Sparky was donated to HART. Sparky is an incredible ambassador. Sparky can be seen representing HART at functions around town and at the barn. He is the perfect horse to introduce children to the world of horses, without intimidating them as a bigger horse might do. There is a big heart in this little body. Sparky is available to sponsor.
Jessie – Jessie is a 17 year old Norwegian Fjord mare. She is as patient as any horse you will ever meet. Before joining the therapy herd at HART, Jessie was a camp horse for children in Central Oregon. Her gaits are slightly lateral but very rhythmic. Her wide back makes her easy to sit for children with balance issues. Jessie’s preferred speed is an ambling walk, but she does trot with the right incentive! She is very stout standing at about 14h and can easily carry an adult and yet her size is perfect for children. Jessie is trustworthy, patient, and safe for anyone to be around. If you are interested in sponsoring Jessie, use the link below.
Vina (Retired in 2017) – Vina is a small 18 year old Icelandic mare. She is the redhead of the barn, with a sometimes sassy but always safe disposition. Her small size makes her perfect for the little ones who are enrolled in either the adaptive riding or the hippotherapy program as she has a quick and rhythmic walk. She is bold yet sensitive. She started her career as a driving horse. She is as comfortable in harness as she is when helping special needs children with their balance, strength or coordination. Vina’s veterinary care is sponsored by Dr. Lynn Caldwell of Silverton Equine.You may join Vina’s Team through a sponsorship. Please click the link below to support all or part of her care.
Pete – Pete is a 12-year-old American Quarter Horse. He joined the team of therapy horses at the inception of HART. Pete is taking time off from his job as a therapy horse due to a tragic accident in July of 2016. We hope he will recover fully from the injuries he sustained.*He is currently being sponsored by the Bystrom family as he recovers on their farm.
Lark 1998 – 2016