The most important member of our therapy team is the horse. Without these incredibly strong animals there would be no therapeutic riding. A horse has an inherent ability to know that the human on their back is in need of special care. They'll walk a little slower, stop when their rider is out of balance in the saddle and stand a little quieter for mounting when they carry these special riders. With that being said, we are pleased to introduce you to our special herd.
Althouh a women doesn't like to disclose her age - Darlin is the most mature horse at Happy Trails. She spent her younger years as a pack horse and now is very proud to safely pack around our riders.
Diamond is as kind as they come. He loves attention. Diamond got his name because he was originally from the Double Diamond Ranch. He has done 4H, Sheriff's Posse and likes to lead our riders around on a slow and easy ride.
Kobe is our gentle giant. He is biggest horse at Happy Trails. He loves to take our teen or adult independent riders around the ring.
Texas has been there and done that. He was once a rodeo queens horse in Idaho, has packed elk, chased cows, shown in 4H (won Jr. Western Grand Champion), been on the Sheriff's Posse and now enjoys his friends at Happy Trails. His, "No-problem" "Can-do" attitude makes him one of the favorites.
Dixey Lea is as pretty as a southern bell. Dixey has shown the Paint Horse circuit, 4H & OSET, been on Sheriff's Posse and now teaches our more advanced riders how to trot and canter independently.
for more photos of our special friends who have moved onto greener pastures, please visit our photo gallery.
Bob spent his life roping cows and won tons of money for his previous owner. He even won a Dodge Ram Truck. In his off time he was used in a hunting string and may have even been raced. When Bob came to live at Happy Trails his other job, after lessons for our riders, was as Nicole's trail horse. One trip Bob walked thru a river with water up to the saddle and never blinked an eye, just kept walking. Bob was that way with his disabled riders, always calm, quiet and caring. Bob is missed today by everyone who had the pleasure of being around him.
JIMMY - Was the oldest of the remuda at 28 years old. He was a registered quarter horse who spent his entire life before coming to live at Happy Trails working cows, barrel racing and walking down the trails. Once he joined our remuda, his sole job was to carry our riders with the care and love that only a horse like Jimmy could give. He was a worker his entire 28 years and took his job at Happy Trails very seriously. Jimmy will be missed by EVERY rider and volunteer at Happy Trails.
SKY - was 30 years old when he left us but he lived an incredible full life to the end. As a trail horse, Sky never met a mountain to tall to climb, a river to deep to cross or a log to big to step over, always making sure to keep his rider safe. He brought that same work ethic with him to Happy Trails. Any child that was fortunate enough to ride Sky could be assured that they were in the best of hooves. He willingly accepted all the hugs, kisses and pats children and adults gave him. He especially loved his tail and mane braided. He is missed everyday by all who were fortunate enough to spend time with him.
BUBBLES -Was a sweet little pony who found her way to Happy Trails a few years ago as a rescue horse. She particularly loved the younger children who were sometimes scared and intimidated by her larger equine friends. She may have been vertically challenged but she always carried her special riders with extreme grace, dignity and special care. Out in the pasture with her horse friends, Bubbles didn't know that she was the smaller of them. She ran and played with her larger friends as though they were all the same size. We will all miss Bubbles and the big heart that had been packed into her petite body.
ROAN -Was one of Happy Trails first horses. He had roped cows, done 4H and gaming shows. He was as horse people like to say, "A real easy keeper". Roan will forever be in hearts of people who met him at Happy Trails.