We take pride in our equestrian team at Horses for Healing. They are an integral part of our programs.
19 Yr Old Paint gelding
Garfield is one of the most flexible horses on the property, having done it all during his life. Now that he’s a bit older, he loves his job as a therapy horse! Not only is he a kind teacher, he has a perfect personality, and he’s quite a looker too!
Sponsor: Kathryn Fairchild
25 Yr old Haflinger gelding
Jay Jay loves small children, he’s gentle and delicate despite his size, and is a great teacher when it comes to building confidence around the horses. Recently he has been enriched by trotting through the fields out back – great for his fitness and mental health too!
Sponsor: Patricia Moriarty, Tara House, Marilee McInnis
18 yr old POA gelding
Milo is a program favorite, having been here since he was very young! Milo loves small children, and is especially kind and sweet to them. In addition to being the sweetest therapy pony, he loves his “babies”, our donkeys Mojo and Pancho!
Sponsor: Patsy Mooney
17 yr old black and white Paint gelding
Scout is partially blind in one eye, and much like many of our riders, has learned to adjust and succeed despite a challenge. After some newfound confidence, Scout excels at helping riders who are transitioning to being independent while riding, and is a great example of perseverance for our riders!
Patsy Mooney, Marilee McInnis, Tara House
22 yr old POA gelding
Checkers loves allowing children to learn grooming skills and participating in stable management classes. With wonderful manners, he’s the perfect pony to teach the fundamentals of good horsemanship! Checkers is also great in lessons with young children who are ready to ride independently.
11 yr old chestnut and white Paint gelding
Hunter is one of our many versatile horses, who does both therapy lessons as well as sports riding. He specializes in bringing up the skill level in intermediate and advanced riders, as well as teaching beginner riders the technical skills.
14 yr old Paint cross gelding
Zeus has been at Horses for Healing for a few years, after spending some time fox hunting. He’s a tall, steady horse, and though in the therapy classes he’s slow and pokey, when ridden in our sports program he doesn’t mind stepping out and strutting his stuff!
Sponsor: Derek Turner
18 year old Quarter Horse gelding
When Carlott joined us in 2017, we had a need for a quiet gelding that is a bit more narrow than some our chunky monkeys. Carlott fit the bill! Since becoming a part of the program, he has participated in numerous school group classes, as well as learned about his love for jumping a bit in our sports program. Additionally, he’s quiet on our sensory trails and in the fields, making him a wonderful partner for both riders.
19 yr old Quarter Horse gelding
One of the plumpest of the bunch, Junior provides riders with stability issues a broad base of support while mounted. He loves doing lessons with his best friend Noonie, and in addition to the therapy classes, he’s recently enjoyed going back to his roots by taking riders out on trail rides on the property!
Sponsor: Patsy Mooney
11 year old Quarter Horse gelding
Skipper joined the farm with his friend Carlott in 2017, and has been a great mount for riders ready for more independence. While he does sometimes work with our therapy school groups, he especially enjoys teaching more independent riders how to trot. Not only handsome, he’s a great mover too!
14 year old Paint mare
Splash is a pretty, smaller mare who does well with our independent riders that are ready for more of a challenge. As many of our therapeutic riders have the desire and ability to grow into the sports program, it’s fabulous to have a smaller mare who may be suitable for them one day as their skills grow!
26 year old bay Arabian mare
As the Queen of the farm, Missy has done it all. From therapy lessons, to longe-line beginner lessons, to show hunters, Missy has a wealth of knowledge to share with our students. We’ve always believed that the best educators are our horses, and Missy is a prime example of this belief!
7 year old Thoroughbred gelding
Danny was generously donated to our program in 2016, and though he’s young, he’s very predictable and willing, some may even say a bit lazy. This quiet temperament makes him ideal for therapy students who are looking towards gaining more independence. Danny Boy is quite a lovely gentleman!
16 year old Haflinger gelding
Tonka has proven to be just like his name – sturdy, strong, and will do his job happily! Before coming to us, Tonka had some training as a vaulting horse – meaning that people could do gymnastics on his back, while moving! He settled into his therapy horse role very quickly, and is a very valuable member of the team!
27 year old Appaloosa gelding
Noonie is an instructor and student favorite at the program, having a quiet and willing temperament. He provides a narrow base of support for riders who may not be comfortable on one of the wider horses at the program, and offers a more forward gait at the walk and trot. Although an older gentleman, you’d never know it from his eagerness to go to work each day!
20 year old Pinto gelding
Before becoming a therapy and sports pony, Otis enjoyed a career as an eventer. Due to his small size, he’s an easy horse to lead and sidewalk for our volunteers in our school program, and with his versatility he does well both in walk therapy lessons as well as hunter jumper sports riding classes!
19 year old Shetland gelding
Nugget’s small size makes him very appealing and approachable for our more timid participants, as well as easy to groom for smaller children learning grooming skills and working on their fine and gross motor function. The best news is that Nugget LOVES every grooming opportunity he can get! He’s one of the stars of our stable management and horsemanship lessons, and we’re lucky to have him as part of the herd!
28 year old Sport Horse mare
Don’t let this Grandma fool you – she’s one of the most spritely horses on the property! The oldest horse participating in our therapy and sports program, one would think she’d be ready for a slower lifestyle, however Pia loves to work! She has a forward walk in the therapy classes, and when being ridden in our dressage sports lessons, she would trot for hours if we let her. Prior to coming to Horses for Healing, she was an event horse, then a fox hunter, and finally a therapy horse in NY. She’s happy to be in the warmer weather in Arkansas
Mojo – 13 year old Donkey gelding; and Pancho – 13 year old Donkey gelding.
Living in the front pasture next to the Horses for Healing sign, Mojo and Pancho are officially the farm’s welcoming committee! With their fuzzy long ears and velvety noses, who can resist these adorable Donkeys?