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.
Big Mac is a mustang from Rock Springs, WY and has the freeze brand on his neck to prove it! Big Mac is a very strong, sturdy, powerful gelding with the personality of a teddy bear. He makes everyone feel safe. Be sure to check out Big Mac’s mustache next time you see him.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Homer is a three-time National Champion in Combined Training, which is a combination of three different types of competitive classes (cross country, stadium jumping, and dressage). He went on to be a trusty trail riding horse, a pack horse, and has even done some Cowboy Mounted Shooting.
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.
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!
Monty’s full name is Montgomery, after the famous British General of World War II. He certainly fits his namesake. He is tall, strong, and is both a magnificent and noble looking gelding. Watch how he greets each horse as it is turned out with him!
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.
Red has a huge heart and a great work ethic. Red has helped many young riders start riding. Red has also been a long distance and trail horse, travelling hundreds to thousands of miles in the mountains of Colorado and Wyoming and from time to time he still goes on long trail rides. Red has a way of moving that is unique and is so smooth and fun to ride.
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.
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!
Teddy is as cuddly as his name suggests! A handsome Palomino Quarter Horse, Teddy comes from a background of mainly trail riding. He also had some Western Training before coming to Hearts & Horses, so he is accustomed to arena work. He is sweet, kind and polite, and he comes over to say hello to anyone passing by his stall.
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.
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!