Horses are the heart of our program
Our horses are selected by our professionally trained staff for their gentle nature, good temperament, and ability to work with a variety of riders and volunteers. We lease 9-10 therapy horses from the months of March-November and they return home for their much needed break during the winter months. If you’re interested in donating to help our wonderful team of horses, visit our Donate page.
Breed: Tennessee Walking Horse
Owner: Kim Clark
This sweet boy has been on the Ride With Pride Team for 7 years now! His favorite thing to do during lessons it to go on trail rides. Before coming to RWP, Beau was a competition trail horse (hence why he likes to speed walk out on the trails during lessons). Poor Beau is also extremely allergic to flies and summertime pests. He has to wear special fly spry, masks, sheets and leg gear to prevent him from breaking out in hives. During the winter time he grows so much hair that he almost looks like a Polar Bear! Our barn staff has to clip some of his fur off during the spring so he doesn’t get to hot.
Breed: Belgian/ Quarter Horse
Owner: Sally Kock
Originally from Canada, Lucy was born on a Premarin Mares Farm where they collected the urine from her mother to run tests on it. The broadmares on these farms are kept in horrible conditions and once the babies are born, they are sent off to slaughter. Little baby Lucy was rescued from an organization from the US who raised her and adopted her our once she was old enough. Now Lucy is enjoying her job as a much valued therapy horse.
Owner: Melody Parsons
Little Miss Sassafras absolutely LOVES people and attention. She’s always standing at her door with her head hanging over nickering at everyone who walks by to try and get some snuggles. During the summer, she loves squeezing around thick bushes covered in prickly balls that get stuck in her tail and forelock. The barn staff refers to them as her “hair curlers.” Before coming to RWP Sassy was rescued from a not so nice place that hardly ever fed her. Hopes Legacy rescued her and adopted her out to her new wonderful family. Sassy enjoys helping her little students who are just learning to ride or may be too small for a taller horse.
Owner: Dr. Melyni Worth
This lovely, wise, ol’gal has been on the RWP team for 4 years now but has lived at Ceder Creek Stables most of her life. During the prime of her life, Dania competed as an upper level eventing horse ‘dancing’ with beautiful movement in Dressage, jumping large jumps in Show Jumping, and galloping over the hills in Cross Country. Unfortunately, a bad injury ended her competition days where she retired to give a few foals and now gives confidence to riders in our program. Dania truly loves her job as a therapy horse. Whenever she hears her riders come through the door she’s always there to greet them at her stall with her head sticking out and her long ears pointed forward.