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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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!
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.
Ellie warms up to new people quickly. She is used to working with people with disabilities and prefers it when people are calm and quiet around her so that she can settle in and get to know them.
Ellie and Sadie have lived together for the majority of their lives. They are both older and in their 20s and have had a life of service as therapy horses.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Sadie loves to have her tummy rubbed and is usually the first to greet anyone. In fact, she will do just about anything for a tummy rub! She is wonderful at giving confidence to people who are new to horses.
Before she came to MHP, Sadie was a regular visitor at nursing homes, where she would make many people very happy. Due to her small size, she was perfect for being a horse that was little enough to go inside and meet people who were unable to come outside for physical disability reasons.
Mischief is an affectionate 11 year old Quarter Horse mare. She loves trail riding in the mountains and eating treats!
Boxer is a Welsh pony in his mid-teens. He is a sprightly little chap who is fun and energetic. Boxer may be small in stature but he's big in personality.
Lassaro is a Rhinelander, a breed of German Warmbloods. He was imported from Europe as a 5 y/o. He has spent the majority of his life competing in a discipline called Jumpers- where he competed with great success for many years over 4' fences. Despite his training for speed and accuracy - he definitely enjoys a mellow trail ride, a good groom and going for a graze
Parome was born in 1997 in Belgium and was imported to the U.S. in 2002. He's a Dutch Warmblood. Even as a young horse, he was sweet, quiet and agreeable. He competed in Eventing, hunters and dressage. Parome is charismatic and a charmer, always looking for affection. He is a horse who enjoys being with people as much as other horses and is just a joy to be around. These days, trail rides are his favorite activity. He gets his funny name from his dad, the Holsteiner stallion, Larome, in Germany.