TROT’s horse partners have been carefully selected for their movement quality and even temperament, and they enter our program only after extensive training. The horse provides ample opportunities for the client to experience movement and sensory input, and that combination can produce powerful results in improved physical, mental, social and emotional well-being.
The horse moves in a rhythmic, symmetrical, and organized way. Each step the horse takes provides strong sensory and physical input in many dimensions including up and down, side to side, and back and forth. By asking for variations in these movements the therapist or instructor gains results that cannot be achieved by a machine or duplicated in a clinic setting.
The warmth, touch, sight, and sound of the horse and the outdoor ranch environment allow our clients to reach their goals and have fun at the same time.
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Alaska is a beautiful paint horse. He is very kind and friendly. He started his career in the Western world and is now training to be a therapy horse. He is sweet as can be and is enjoying his life at TROT!
Asher is a Clydesdale and it's easy to see why everyone is in awe as he trots by, but don't let his size fool you, he is the most gentle giant you will ever meet. He loves attention and will stand there for hours for a good grooming and some back scratches. Asher is a vital part of our Veteran program as he challenges his riders to think about their aids and provide clear and consistent directions.
Sir Lawrence is a Quarter Horse gelding and our newest member here at TROT. With his shiny blood-red bay coat everyone is sure to notice him! Sir Lawrence is as loving as he is handsome. He is the first to greet you at the gate, eager to please, and if you scratch just behind his right ear you will surely make a new friend for life.
Dixie is a very loving and kind Quarter Horse mare. She takes special care of some of our youngest and most delicate riders. Dixie always seems to know what her riders need as she moves around the arena nice and steady focusing on each and every step she makes. She is truly a great example of horses know best!
Carmela is a Halflinger mare who works in our therapeutic riding program. This versatile pony is best known for her good looks and smooth gaits. Carmela is also the resident chatterbox; she loves talking loudly to all her stable mates.
Fiesta is a young, athletic Paint/Quarter Horse gelding who loves giving lessons to independent riders. His sensitivity to aids, smooth gait, and laid-back personality make him the ideal horse for off-lead riding. In his spare time, Fiesta loves jumping, trail riding, and hanging out in his stall (Fiesta is such a homebody and often prefers his stall to a pasture).
Roxy is a big, cuddly, headstrong Percheron. Roxy is by far our most opinionated horse; she is very clear about her likes and dislikes. She likes being groomed and fawned over by people and likes being complimented.
Skittles is a versatile, multi-talented Paint/Percheron cross who is used in every program at TROT. He is ridden by four-year-olds, as well as some our veteran riders. Skittles is a great teacher because he is not the easiest of rides; he only responds when ridden correctly and confidently, which helps his riders learn quickly.
Sparky is a Shetland pony who is quite certain he runs the show here at TROT. Sparky likes to keep all the horses in line, and he makes sure everything runs smoothly. Sparky works in our therapeutic riding program, but his specialty is independent riding and lunge line lessons.
Ringo is a long time herd member here at TROT and a well seasoned therapeutic riding horse. He is a Quarter Horse gelding and one of two flea bitten grays. Ringo has an amazing trot for all our riders and has been able to help transform some of the most wiggly participants into riders with a quiet seat and proper posture. From the drill team with big flags around him, to riding out on the trail nothing seems to faze this reliable veteran.
Rune is a Fjord gelding who is a fantastic independent riding horse. He excels at teaching people to be confident, determined, and clear in the use of their aids. Rune is the troublemaker of the herd and is always annoying another horse, breaking a fence, or chewing something he shouldn’t. But we love him despite his shenanigans.