This is our therapy pony, Bella. She's our 'step up' pony for the kids who are getting to big for our shetlands but feel intimidated by the big guys. She's an absolute doll and never complains, but she's not much of an independant rider type pony so she's mostly a leadline hippotherapy or transitioning therapeudic riding horse. She is 11.3hh.
Excuse her halter. A new volunteer had put the wrong one on her and I had just gone to get another xD
Bo Jangles. Bo is 17 years old and a Shetland x Miniature. He is only 37" tall but he is VERY special in that we believe that he can sense seizures, much like some dogs. There have been five or six times when he has had a seizure-prone child up on his back while out on our therapy trails or in the arena, and he felt something 'off.' He then stops, refuses to move no matter what we do, and will very, very carefully lay down WITH the child on his back, and remain down there. 4 out of 5 of of those times, the child proceeded to seize.
Bo can't be used for larger riders, but he is great for out hippotherapy children who are under 5 years old. He tends to paddle in the back and walks 'bow legged' but is a real trooper and will still pack a few of our very special children around every week.
Big Cowboy is getting up there in age but is not only a hippotherapy pony, he's also great as a therapeudic riding pony and he drives too! He was one of our originals and we've had him for 12+ years. He's a total love and has a huge personality. He makes even the most terrified babies fall in love with his goofy character, so he's used as an in-hand therapist as well.
Fara is our 'therapist in training.' She's only 6 years old and a bit of spitfire, but she loves kids and I think she has a lot of potential. She is a full blooded caspian pony and she really does think she's the queen of the world!
Xcia is our first therapy HORSE. She's one of a kind. She is only 9 years old but participates as a hippotherapy, therapeudic, lesson, AND driving horse. She loves her therapy kids but isn't fond of normal lessons. She's a 'steady eddie' and nothing bothers her. She'd rather fall on her face than let her kid slide off of her back.
Myss Pony. She's young but one of my favorites. She never did like us handlers very much but lives to see her kids. She finally has bonded with me though. Theres nothing she wouldnt do to keep her babies safe and she really has that motherly nature that makes her a superb riding pony. She is a 48" shetland and is greenbroke to drive as well.
And we can't forget old Puddin' who passed last year, or Delriah our miracle girl. R.I.P Girls! They were two of the best horses I've ever met, and they LOVED their job.
Oh, and Montana who is the SIZE of a pony, and thus believes he is a therapy horse too xD the kids love him but he's an insane houdini.
We have two more therapy horses but I can't find any pictures right now.