Medicine Horse Program uses many rescued and untrained horses in order to facilitate reciprocal healing, where client and horse help heal each other.
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Starlight is Medicine Horse’s lead lady. She has been here longer than most of the people who work here! Starlight came here tired of being an overworked lesson horse and ready to just connect and be loved. She is a beautiful American Paint in her late 20’s. Some say she has every color of the rainbow in her coat. She is an incredibly gentle horse who loves attention of all kinds. She is one of the first picks for children or for anyone who might be scared of horses.
Frankie is named for Frank Sinatra and when you see his starling blue eyes you'll see why. Frankie is a gypsy pony who was donated as a young colt to our program. Gypsy ponies are draft ponies, bred for pulling carts. Frankie's long mane begs to to be braided and he rarely complains about the extra attention. You must check out his smile; he let's his bottom lip hang down and it looks so silly. He is solid, friendly, calm, and has a great sense of humor!
Believe it or not, Rebel is a world champion Appaloosa gelding! Rebel's world championship was in jumping and he later received extensive training in dressage. Since he is spotless, most people never guess that he's an appaloosa. Rebel is in his late 20s and still loves being a program horse.
Slick is a handsome 20 year old Quarter Horse. He was originally a cowboy horse who participated in mounted shooting competitions. During his younger years he became injured and came to Medicine Horse in need of rehab and love. Although he is still stiff on cold winter mornings, he has healed nicely in his many years at Medicine Horse. Slick loves his herd, crunchy treats and a good work out.
Commander is an 18 year old Tennessee Walking Horse. He does not trot, but moves along a continuum of walks, dog walk, flat walk and running walk. He loves to play in water, to roll and splash, and loves to be groomed. He also likes a brisk walk along the trails, but he has his name for a reason--the other horses will need to hurry to keep up.
JJ is a Danish Warmblood with a previous career as a competitive show horse who now enjoys his second career as a therapist working with a variety of people. He is a dynamic member of the herd with his expressive nature, tons of curiosity and eagerness to connect.
Although Suzy is tiny, she is one of the greatest therapy horses at Medicine Horse Program. Suzy works tirelessly day after day, bringing joy to all of us. She teaches children to ride. She helps teenagers learn leadership. She teaches empowerment to girls overcoming obstacles. She helps seniors remember the good times they had growing up with horses. She offers veterans with PTSD the power of mindfulness, staying in the moment, relaxed yet aware, as they drive in her cart.
Mischief is an affectionate 11 year old Quarter Horse mare. She loves trail riding in the mountains and eating treats!
We lost our beloved Chicho in March of this year. Chicho was born in 1984 and was the oldest horse at Medicine Horse Program. A registered half Andalusian, he was called "The Professor" because he was an upper level dressage schoolmaster and taught hundreds of students their first piaffe and passage. He was in dozens of parades, shows and exhibitions and enjoyed dancing to music and prancing back to his stall right up until the end. Thank you, Kathy Johnson, for sharing your friend with all of us at MHP.
Silverwood is a 16 year old Thoroughbred gelding who spent his first six years as a racehorse, winning several events, and (thankfully) retiring without injury or incident. Despite his history as a racehorse, Silver is a calm and willing horse, but he still manages to find opportunities to let his inner foal out!
warrior and valor
Warrior and Valor are coming 4 year old BLM mustang geldings. They came to Medicine horse in 2014 and were tamed and named by the veterans. Warrior is currently in training to one day be a little eventer, but loves attention and to be groomed in his free time! Valor is a therapy pony in training, and absolutely loves to connect.
red and doll
Doll and Red are chestnut thoroughbred mares that were both rescued from an auction in late 2015. They had their foals, PT and Bodhi, in the spring and have been wonderful moms. Though they have had very rough starts, they are learning to trust people. Red has come along very quickly, and loves attention. Doll is still learning to trust, but is realizing people aren't all bad!
Two year old Esperanza is an Andalusion filly, who was rescued by MHP in the fall of 2015. She came to us malnourished and with locking stifles. Esperanza was named for her Spanish heritage and the hope she brings.
Bodhi and PT
Pt and Bodhi are our youngest therapy horses. They both look just like their moms and love people. Born in April and May of this year, they are still young and learning but absolutely love attention!
In March of 2017, we welcomed Victor to our herd! Victor is a 16yr old Andalusian who has been an upper level dressage and trail horse. The dressage work is a little to much for him now, but he still loves to be with people and be ridden. He practically prefers people to horses, and loves attention! He senses people and connects with them very well, expresses himself but is calm and happy to let people crawl on him bareback.
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