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Our Horses

Our students have special needs that require special horses. A horse that is gentle and quiet enough for a child is truly a treasure. A horse that is gentle and quiet enough for a child with a disability is an even greater treasure. Our students have learned to trust and love our therapy horses.

Our horses have been carefully screened for suitability to work safely and effectively with our students. Those horses that pass the screening are then specially trained in activities unique to therapeutic riding, such as riders being loaded from wheelchairs or riding in prone or other positions.

Many of the CANTER horses are borrowed from individuals throughout the community. CANTER horses are schooled by experienced horseback riders to keep them from getting bored with their jobs. It takes a very special horse to work for CANTER, and we appreciate the animals for their contributions to the well-being of our students.

HICKORY
Breed: Quarter Horse
Age: 2001 Gelding
HT/WT: 13.3 H/ 870 LBS
Markings: Bay (black mane and tail) with white star, snip, white rear pasterns.
Owned by: Jerry Bice
Personality: Hickory is probably our most utilized horse. He is sweet, tolerant and easy to work with for any skill level.
MOONSHINE
Breed: Paint
Age: 1998 Gelding
HT/WT: 15.1 H/ 860 LBS
Markings: Chestnut/Overo with white blaze and two white stockings
Owned by: CANTER
Personality: Moonshine is a very sweet horse. He has the personality of a puppy always wanting attention and scratches.
RANGER
Breed: Draft Cross
Age: 2005 Gelding
HT/WT: 16 H/ 1040 LBS
Markings: Sorrel with interrupted stripe on face.
Owned by: Peggie Johnson
Personality: Ranger is very mild mannered and easy to lead. He does great with riders of all skill levels. He is the most vocal of all our horses and likes to “talk” at feed times.
SHORT STRIDE
Breed: QUARTER HORSE
Age: 2010 Gelding
HT/WT: 14.3 H/ 1019 LBS
Markings: Sorrel (all brown including mane and tail) with blaze, left rear stocking
Owned by: Jerry Bice
Personality:/ Short Stride is a very fun, playful horse. His favorite thing to do is eat. He is a great horse for any skill level and does well in the program.
TEX
Breed: Quarter/Draft Cross
Age: 2000 Gelding
HT/WT: 15.3 H/ 1100 LBS
Markings: Grey
Owned by: CANTER
Personality: Tex is a gentle giant. He is a very laid back horse who does not seem to be phased by anything. He does love attention though.
CIELO
Breed:Thoroughbred
Age: 2010 Gelding
HT/WT: 16 H/ 1040 LBS
Markings: Bay with white star
Owned by: Alison Bangasser
Personality: Cielo is a reserved but sweet horse. He is playful and eager to please and his racehorse past is contradicted by his slow demeanor.
EMMY
Breed:Welsh pony
Age: 1994 Mare
HT/WT: - information coming -
Markings: Grey
Owned by: CANTER
Personality: Emmy is sweet but sometimes stubborn. The favorite horse of all our students! She loves to roll around in the dirt as soon as you give her a bath.