Meet Your Therapists
Destinacion (Red) is a 28-year old Polish Arabian whose story inspires all. This horse was never a pet; never loved, hugged, or offered treats. He was a workhorse, a money-maker. When he got to us, he didn’t know how to be loved on. He ran on the Arabian racetrack circuit. Then, he was a cross-country horse, and then a 50 to 100-miler endurance horse. He was caught in a family divorce, and he was starving. I took him in, rehabbed him, taught him love, and how to accept treats and kindness. He is great with those needing acceptance, love, a boost, some self-worth and confidence. He is totally beginner safe.
Blizzard (Lizzy) . is a 7-year-old Quarter Horse Paint mare. She is the playful, silly, hyper one of the bunch. She was rescued off of the kill lot in Eaton, Colorado. Yes, she almost died, and yes, she know it, and look at her now. She is YOLO to the endth degree. Lizzy will remind you of your worth and ability to be resilient and live life to the fullest. She is broke as a trail horse, though she is either 100% safe on the tail, or 100% crazy. We love to play peek-a-boo with her, and she plays right along. She has those blue eyes, so she appeals to people. And her playful nature makes her a great candidate for upper-level adults working on mood and emotional management and regulation. She is not beginner safe, but safe for a little older, larger, more mature kid/adult. Little ones usually get played with and love it, but do not get Lizzy to do what they are asking, in most cases, though she is not dangerous at all.
Choppy is our 13-year-old Tennessee Walker, gaited, beautiful and nearly 17 hands tall. Choppy is a former cattle horse who was given up because he wasn’t fast enough to “outrun the cattle.” Choppy is good for beginners, and the kids seem to flock to him. He will provide kisses, he thinks he is a big puppy dog, is snuggly and gentle, and steady. He is present with your mindset and non-judgmental. He is the epitome of gentle giant.
Rebel is our 32-year-old Quarter Horse. He is a former barrel racer from Texas, and as a result, he has bad legs. He requires corrective shoeing. He retired from the Air Force Academy Riding Stables and is as sweet as they come. As long as he has his fancy shoes, he is happy, rideable, and content. He loves to go on adventures, although we keep it flat and tell him he is conquering mountains. Rebel is safe for anyone and anything. He loves to be cuddled, doted on, accept new challenges, braided and brushed, and adored. Tiny kids to adults can work with Rebel, who will always greet you with calm and warmth. This guy is salt of the earth.
TJ is the 30-year-old, fuzzy, cute, thick little Mustang. He is so snuggly and looks a bit like a shag carpet. He is a little shy at first, and needs time to warm up to people. I think we can all relate to that a little bit. He is Rebel’s best friend of 15+ years. He retired with Rebel from the Air Force Academy Riding Stables. He was a mountain traveler since he can ride straight up a hillside if asked because he is a quick, strong, compact little guy. TJ, in fact, stands for Turbo Jet. Once Rebel tells him it is ok, he will warm up to you. He is good for all ages, and due to his size, he is not intimidating. He loves when he gets his long, thick, flowing mane is brushed.
Dulce is our 34″ mini horse. Dulce is little, but she is not afraid of anything. She is bossy to the big guys, not caring about her size. Funnier still, they listen to her.
Dulce is safe for all, but she does often test to see if you are actually serious about what you are asking her do. A stubborn streak, typical of minis. She is a 13-year-old mini paint horse, not a pony, but a horse. From her tiny ears, to her chunky belly, to her long tail, she is a gem. Due to her size, many prefer to start with her to ease into working with horses when it is a new experience for the client. Dulce is too cute for her own good, and she is so fun to watch. If you have a mint, she is yours forever.
We also work with a multitude of rescue horses we take in for their safety. When possible, we incorporate them and make them available to clients until adopted. Furthermore, we usually have a wild Mustang in training for the Bureau of Land Management, and until they are adopted out, we can learn so much from these guys.
**C’mon out and visit one or all of our 4-legged therapists.