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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Carmela is a Halflinger mare who works in both our therapeutic riding and hippotherapy programs. This versatile pony is best known for her good looks, smooth gaits, and slight stubborn streak. Carmela is also the resident chatterbox; she loves talking loudly to all her stable mates, particularly Nutella who is her pasture mate and best friend.
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. She likes being complimented. She does not like other horses (except for Wizard who she will sometimes tolerate).
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 (or they end up spending a lot of time in the middle of the arena).
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 both our hippotherapy and therapeutic riding programs, but his specialty is independent riding and lunge line lessons.
Tootsie is a sassy Morgan/Percheron cross who is incredibly smart and sensitive. Tootsie learns easily and enjoys being challenged. She also likes doing a little challenging of her own! In lessons, Tootsie excels at teaching focus and determination, and she particularly likes lessons with independent riders.
Nutella is a gorgeous chocolate palomino BLM Mustang. Nutella is a loving, gentle mare who is an old soul – nothing upsets her, she gets along with all the horses in the herd, and she loves to cuddle with the students who ride her. She is as sweet as her name.
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.
Smoke is an Appendix gelding who is known for his laid-back, easygoing disposition (and his distinctive Roman nose). Whether on the ground or in the saddle, Smoke is calm, attentive, and anxious to please. In his free time, Smoke loves to hang out with the ponies, Charlie and Sparky, who he keeps company and keeps in check (respectively).
At 17.3 hands, Wally is a commanding presence. But don't let his size intimidate you, this Percheron cross is as sweet and mellow as can be. In addition to having a wonderful personality, Wally is also very well-educated and is a joy to ride. Wally can give lead lessons, as well as independent and lunge line lessons. And he's a blast to ride bareback! Wally has lots of nicknames at TROT including Puppy, Marshmallow, and Couch Potato.
Trip (aka Mr. T) has both the mind and body for therapy. He is calm and mellow, and his short, stocky build allow him to be ridden by both young children and adults. Although Mr. T's favorite gait is the (slow) walk, he actually has a cute, fancy trot that makes him look like a show horse.