I am a little late on this conversation, but I thought I would share the horses that I work with. I am the equine manager at a therapeutic riding center and I enjoy every minute!
First up is Lady, a welsh cob around 18 years old. In her distant past she was a third level dressage horse. I LOVE this mare! She is a good horse.
Dixie is a 21 year old Quarter Horse that was donated with Lady. She is the most energetic of our horses! With an experienced rider she is a power walker, but with those kids that are nervous, or just beginning, she slows down drastically.
Winnie the Pooh is our 12 year old Haflinger gelding. He is easily the most tolerant of all our horses, and is great with almost all riders.
Honey Bee is our 23 year old POA mare. She was donated to us after living in a field for 6 years with her filly. She proved to be very willing to please, and fell back into work quickly. She is almost blind, but you can never tell.
And last but not least is Diamond. Diamond is a "special" horse in more ways then one! He was donated and it became quickly apparent that he was an extremely lame horse. He had an old broken bone in his front leg, and bad arthritis in his hind legs. A local vet donated his time and gave Diamond Stem Cell Therapy. The results were almost immediate! Within two weeks he was walking and trotting almost sound. He continues to do pretty good, if you can keep him walking faster than a shuffle. =]