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.
Pete – Pete is a 12-year-old American Quarter Horse. He joined the team of therapy horses at the inception of HART. At the barn he is known as Sweet Pete due to his kind nature and sensitivity. Pete excels in our Equine Assisted Learning program and he has many adoring clients in the Adaptive Riding program as well.
Oly – After 20 years in the private sector, Oly seems to have found his niche as a therapy horse. Oly is our largest Fjord and is as kind and gentle as any horse can be. He does consider himself ‘ a ladies-man’ when it comes to the other horses, but he makes friends with the geldings, too. Oly loves heading out of the arena on the trails, and in the arena he really enjoys seeing himself and his rider in the mirrors. He has a nice 4-beat gait and it has been said that sitting on his broad back is like sitting on a waterbed!! His broad back and steady movements makes him a great horse for riders with balance issues. Oly loves hugs and kisses!
Cahlua – This big mare joined our team in 2018. Her past includes a career in hunter/jumper and dressage. She stands 16.2h but is so gentle that our smallest of independent riders can direct her. Cahlua’s favorite is teaching children and adults to ride in the arena, and she is very patient while they learn. She is also a very nice mare to take out on the trail. Cahlua is a member of our adaptive riding program. She and her pal Nikki were donated from Crescendo Farms.