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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.

Slick Chic

Slick Chic is one of our newest horse at CANTER. She is a beautiful palomino who is already adored by all the students and volunteers.


Breed: Welsh-Cobb Pony Born - 1997 - Mare 12.5 hands - Sweet nature and loved by all.


Quarter Horse Mare born 1994 15 hands - Leased to CANTER by Brad & Sharon Jordon. Previously a trail horse. Has beautiful moves! Loves to be ridden by our most independent riders.


London is a striking flea-bitten gray Arab on lease from CANTER volunteer Mary Skelton. He likes people and attention. He has a reputation as an escape artist so he keeps us on our toes.


Destiny came to CANTER in January from Elizabeth Osborne, who used her mainly for trail riding. She is a beautiful bay Arabian. She is a bit sensitive and shy, but is working into the program and providing that great "Arab" movement some of our clients so desperately need.


Age 19 - Aztec (Quarter Horse/Andalusian) Leased to CANTER by Tiffany Ann Grinde. Sweet Personality.


Breed: Quarter/Arab cross Leased by: Allyson DeHaven Born 2002 - Gelding Height 14.1 hands - Friendly loves his job.


Breed: Paso Fino Leased by: Diane Burdloff Born 1997 - Gelding He has a very sweet disposition. Loves attention. Very willing to please so easy to work with.


Breed: Thoroughbred Leased by: Alison Bangasser Born 2010 - Gelding He has a very sweet personality. Very willing to please.