The natural gait (movement) of the horse stimulates human walking movement in a manner that cannot be replicated mechanically. While riding, participants must constantly make postural adjustments to maintain their balance, which in turn increases their overall balance, orientation and body awareness. Other benefits include improved muscle tone, posture, range of motion, flexibility, social skills and emotional well being. In addition, our horses provide a non-judgmental relationship, accepting individuals for who they are regardless of physical, emotional or social abilities.
Our horses at Hearts & Horses are the true heroes of our program. To become one of our horses is a great honor, as we choose these most special friends to perform with the highest degree of patience, love and ability. These horses provide the vehicles for our riders to grow, learn, rehabilitate and simply enjoy life.
All of our horses help our special riders achieve things that most of us take for granted (such as walking or feeling good about ourselves) every day.
MEET OUR HERD
Allie started her life as a strong, sure footed trail mount and has become a lovely and reliable part of the herd at Hearts & Horses focusing her time as our primary vaulting mule. Allie has lovely long ears and kind eyes.
Belle was an amazing lesson pony for quite a number of years, until her rider outgrew her. She is friendly and interested in all that is going on around her, while all the time retaining her good manners. Such a cute pony!
Ben has done a lot of showing with the Pony Club, including stadium and cross country jumping, as well as dressage and even had a stint in the circus! His registered name is “Bold Ben” – it is such a good name for him! Nothing seems to upset him. Ben loves everyone, children and adults alike, and expects loving attention in return.
Bentley is a gaited horse (Missouri Fox Trotter) with a lovely disposition. He loves people and wants to be with them. He has been an excellent babysitter to his owners' grandchildren. He has also been on important Patrol duty in National Parks and a wonderful and safe trail horse, taking everything in stride (strange animals and people!).
``Big Addie`` is the heaviest of the horses at Hearts & Horses, weighing 1800lbs. The Drum Horse is an important member of the Queen of England's Cavalry. These horses carry two large solid silver kettle drums that weigh about 300lbs, plus a fully outfitted rider, who controls the horse entirely by reins attached to his feet, since he is using his hands to play the drums.
Blanca is a sweet, steady and strong Spanish Barb. Spanish Barbs were first brought to the Americas by the early Spanish explorers and are known for their magnificent presence. She is calm and steady and so good to beginner riders.
It’s safe to say that Cinnamon Girl is a pony with a big heart. She is an “all-rounder” and works in most of the programs here. She loves her Hippotherapy riders, Riding in the Moment and the Veterans too.
Cola has beautiful zebra stripes on his legs, a raccoon-like tail and dark tips on his ears. Cola first started working with cows, sorting and moving cattle all over Colorado, Wyoming and Nebraska. Cola has worked for Hearts & Horses for many years and particularly loves his smaller riders, as well as his Veterans and beginner riders.
Cream is a delightful mare, who is an interesting mix of colors known as roan, which is a color pattern of an even mix of colored and white hairs on the body, while the head, mane, lower legs and tail are mostly solid-colored.
Before coming to Hearts & Horses Drifter was a gentleman's trail horse, he is trained Western, but can also be ridden English. He is excellent with unexpected noises like thunder, and stands nicely for grooming and tacking. He has a kind eye and friendly face.
Fiona is a 14 year old Fjord pony, who is so adorably cute and cuddly. She looks a little like a smaller version of one of our other horses (Cola), with her wild and thick mane. She is 14 years old and has done many things in her life - barrels, poles, parades and jumping. She loves children, and adults too! If you call her name she may nicker at you!
Gavin is a loving and pleasant gentleman. For the ten years prior to coming to Hearts & Horses, Gavin was ridden as an endurance trail riding horse all over the country and over very many miles. He would often be ridden for 6 hours at a stretch, in the mountains, and sometimes for many days in a row.
George has been an accomplished, prize winning Cutting Horse in his former life. He likes to work and have a job, as well as be loved by the people he is around.
Jayden is a sleek and elegant chestnut mare with a blaze and four pretty white socks. She is always alert checking out her surroundings. Her training began as a hunter/jumper and she competed in this division at some local shows. Jayden loves people and adores being petted. She may lick your hand in appreciation, especially if she thinks it smells like food!
Kelsi is a strong but kind mare. She has been trained as a Parelli Level 1 horse. She has been to many training clinics and she loves to be out on the trails of Colorado. Kelsi is our tallest mare, but don’t let her size fool you, she is a complete doll and loves to be babied.
Lass is extremely sweet and loves deep ear rubs and gentle hugs. Lass has been a trail riding donkey most of her life, but has also packed out elk for hunters, done parades, been in kids camps, and been shown in donkey and mule shows. She is narrow bodied, has much smaller, cupped feet, BIG ears, chestnuts only on the front legs, and a BIG LOUD VOICE!
LB (aka ``Little Buddy``) has come to Hearts and Horses to start a new career. Formerly, LB has been dressage trained and ridden, both for pleasure and competition. His owners describe him as a horse that ``tries very hard for every person and is one of the most honest horses we have had. He is truly a gentleman.``LB is a dashingly handsome chestnut color with chrome.
Mac had an incredibly successful show career both as a Western Pleasure horse and English riding horse, before he came to Hearts & Horses. He went to the American Paint Horse Association Worlds Championships with a seven-year-old rider and did very well. Mac is as gentle as he is tall!
Mariah was a competitive dressage pony for many years. When she retired from the show ring, she started work as a lesson pony. She taught a lot of young riders the basic skills of dressage needed to be successful in the dressage arena. She is an exceptional pony!
Moses has been a faithful and much loved companion to his owner on trail rides as well as in the arena. He has undergone a great amount of wonderful training, and loves to have a job. Bold and kind, Moses is a larger Quarter Horse that comes to Hearts & Horses to serve adults and youth alike.
Pepper is a beautiful bay mare. She has excelled in the show arena, both in English and Ranch Horse events. In her past, Pepper was Reserve World Champion in Team Penning at the AQHA's Youth World Show. She is also a proud mother of a filly, is curious by nature, and loves to be the center of attention.
Romeo loves being with people, yet he is careful not to invade your space. He has been in the English and Western Pleasure show rings, so he has a lot of wonderful training to share with riders. He knows all his voice commands and pays absolute attention to his rider or leader.
Riding Sadie is like riding on a cloud, her gaits are so smooth! Sadie is very patient and she tries hard to understand exactly what her rider wants and needs. She loves to be loved (especially with strokes on her long ears), but she does not always want you to know it.
Spring shows a lot of interest in people and adores being admired. Our farrier thought she would make a lovely addition to our herd, because she had been such a wonderful horse for his father on the Ranch. Spring also loves children and has been their family horse since she was born. She is patient and listens out for voice commands, giving a prompt ``whoa`` when asked. Gently call her name and she will nicker as you go by her stall.
Sugar has shown in Western Pleasure and Horsemanship classes. She has found her true niche at Hearts & Horses in Hippotherapy sessions and enjoys being groomed and painted, standing patiently until you are finished. She makes a great best friend and will listen to all your secrets and never tell a soul!
After a five-month voting contest on Facebook, with PATH International Accredited Centers, Hearts & Horses was selected to receive one of Lexlin’s incredible Gypsy Vanner horses that had been bred at a facility in Tennessee. Hearts & Horses chose Varsity after he was described as “a go with the flow” type of guy that does not demand attention but loves affection.
Xellie (Princess Xellie to some) is taking up a new career here, having been outgrown by her children. She has impeccable ground manners and a lot of experience with Western Horsemanship. She has spent many hours on the Trail looking after her younger riders. For those of you who remember Big Mac, Xellie looks like a mini Big Mac!
Zulu left 40 acres of pasture and woods in Seattle to come to Hearts & Horses. He is a “gentle giant” with an enormous heart and has taken to be one of our most reliable vaulting horses. Watch his facial expressions – one minute he can be curious and quizzical, another attentive and loving. Big as he is, Zulu is extremely loveable!