Meet Our Horses
Abby is a 20 yr old, 15hh mare, an easy-keeper which is code for “loves to eat and gains weight fast”. She came to G.R.A.C.E. in 2009 as an SPCA rescue and at first was very aggressive to other horses and very active. We called her ‘the Energizer bunny’. While she has mellowed considerably since then, she still doesn’t like her stablemates too close but she loves to nuzzle kids and cats. A bay in colour, her part-Appaloosa breeding gave her virtually no mane or tail so she’s an easy target for every insect around. Nature is not always kind!
Her sturdy build, her smooth gaits, her responsiveness to verbal commands and acceptance of all kinds of equipment and noise in the games played in classes mean she is often the go-to mount for many riders of different abilities.
A mainstay of the G.R.A.C.E. program, we trust she can continue her good work for many years to come.
One of our biggest in spirit and smallest in size horses is Feeney. She is an 11 year old Haflinger who has been the mighty mouse of G.R.A.C.E. since 2014. Her short stature makes her easy for a rider to get on and off and not be intimidated but her stocky body makes it possible for her to handle heavier riders. Her flowing mane is often decorated and braided, making the children smile. Feeney is also a cart pony and works on our driving night pulling our cart which provides an option for those that don’t meet the weight restrictions for riding to still be around horses. (Each horse has a rider weight restriction which is dependent on the size of the horse). Feeney is fearless and sturdy and although not as patient, her ability to do two jobs makes her an important part of the team.
Scottie, born April 12, 1998 is one of our oldest horses and definitely one of our most recognized as the longest presently working in the program. This gentleman joined our program in 2002 and has been one of our most cherished members of the team having given our riders a lifetime of freedom and happiness. His strength and endurance allows him to carry the heavier riders and/or to work two classes in a night.
Scottie is balanced and has a gentle soft trot, making it easier for someone to go a little faster. Outside the program he enjoys trail rides and playing games in the arena. Scottie never refuses a treat from his treat bucket––mints, apples and carrots are his favorites. This fella also enjoys being groomed and pampered, which he rightly deserves!
Black Beauty, or Black, or Beauty, is a striking Standardbred mare who has been appropriately named after the horse in the novel. She is admired from afar for her incredible looks. Lucky for the program, Black has the personality to match. Being the newest and youngest horse in our program after joining us in 2017, she is no “newby” to therapeutic riding. Black was previously introduced to this kind of work at another therapeutic riding centre. She is slowly being integrated into G.R.A.C.E., and is happy to be working. We appreciate the gentle spirit Black offers us and have no doubt she will be with us a long time.
Misty has been a member of the G.R.A.C.E. team since 2011. Smaller in size, she is not as scary for nervous lighter riders and her slow gentle step makes it easy for new riders to maintain balance. A paint pony, this lady is often also admired for her special appearance.
Romeo of the Gypsy Vanner breed, well known for their calmness and patience is our newest Member of the team arriving in December of 2020. Our poster boy, who was appropriately named with his Superstar hair, feathers and rocking mustache, is also the horse with whom you will instantly fall in love.
Born in 2007, he has been a therapy horse for most of his life. His big heart and gentle Gypsy Vanner calmness makes him perfect for our program. His strength and steadiness means he is also the most flexible. He can do it all! Trained to ride and drive and experienced with Hippotherapy, this superstar is very well rounded.
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Our horses are the most important part of our G.R.A.C.E. Program. Their training and their patience are essential in keeping our riders safe while having fun. These horses are required to be kept at optimum health and wellness to ensure our program runs at its best. They work very hard for their care and deserve nothing less.