We have 10 ponies and horses in our program. All are for our program specifically- they don't have other jobs, although most of them do get ridden by staff and experienced volunteers for exercise and to keep them thinking.
Here's a quick run through of the horses:
Barney- 15ish year old Haflinger, about 13.2 hands. He was a backyard pony before he came to us.
Crunch- 18ish year old Paint/Arab cross, about 14.2 hands. He was a trail horse and then a pasture puff.
Silver- 14 year old Welsh pony, about 13.1 hands. He was a little boy's show pony before he joined us.
Toby- 26 year old Arabian, 14.2 hands exactly. He was a backyard horse
Jiminy- 25 year old Arabian, about 14 hands. He was also a backyard horse and not a very good one- he needs a job!
Stellar- 18ish year old Fjord, about 15.2 hands. He was apparently one of the world's worst eventers and crashed through most of the jumps because he was lazy
Odin- 19 year old Haflinger, about 14.1 hands. He was Amish raised and came to us at about 5 years old.
Pumpkin- 17ish year old Haflinger, about 13.1 hands. She was also Amish raised, but doesn't like pulling a cart. She came when she was 4 or so
Nate- 12 year old Haflinger, about 14.3 hands. He was totally green when he came to us at 7 years old... not broken under saddle at all.
Pippin- 15ish year old Percheron, about 15.3 hands. She was greenbroke and hadn't been ridden in a saddle before. She had been ridden bareback in parades. Her job used to be to pull logs.
I believe most of our horses were donated to us for a tax deduction, which is possible because we're a nonprofit. We occasionally buy a horse if we're sure they're going to be really good in the program.
All of our horses go through extensive training... we make sure they're comfortable on all parts of our property, comfortable with the riders playing basketball or catch, comfortable with the ramp and with sidewalkers, therapists and leaders and more. Most of the time, the horses are in training for a month or more before they are fully introduced into our program and given a full workload. If they need more time, we try not to rush it.
We have about 150 riders that come throughout the week. They range from age 2 all the way up. We offer hippotherapy and therapeutic riding. The hippotherapy clients do alternative positions if they can, such as around the world, hands and knees, high kneel and standing. We also have magnetic dartboards and hair clips so they can work on their fine motor skills. We have a basketball hoop and some soft balls to play with. We have 2 jolly balls hanging from the rafters that the kids can hit. For our therapeutic riding clients, we usually have them steer through an obstacle course that we make from cones and poles, do some trotting and work on their posting/2 point and we often play a game such as red light green light.