People often ask, “Why horses?”. It is because they are different than other animals often used in therapy. Dogs and Cats are predators looking for something to eat, while horses are prey animals worrying about being eaten. They are uniquely designed to avoid predators in that they are aware of changes that take place up to a mile in any direction from them. Their eyesight is unique. We see with binocular vision, seeing object with both eyes at the same time. Horses see with monocular vision, each eye seeing different objects. They are so sensitive that even the touch of a tiny bee may send them running to avoid being stung, or they can feel your heartbeat three feet away. Many riders will tell you that their horse responds to a small shift in weight or pressure to achieve specific maneuvers. A horses sense of smell is also very keen and helps them to identify their world. They understand only a few actual words, but they are experts at reading non-verbal communication, integrating all the senses to gain necessary information for survival. All of this occurs quickly as the horse decides if he should trust or flee. If the choice is to flee, he may not stop to think about anything until he has run a quarter mile or so to safety. These skills are built into a horse to keep them safe. When dealing with people, they use all these senses to decide if they will be lunch and should make other plans, or if they are ok to stay where they are. A horse offers authentic feedback to humans, they are not influenced by pretty clothes, age, race, popularity or financial status. A horse just responds to who we actually are. This is what makes each experience so unique.
Our horses have come to us through different avenues and for different reasons. Over the years we have had a world class breeding programs for Morgan and Saddlebred horses, producing multi-titled National and World champion horses which we continue doing today. We have had many breeds including anything from miniature horses, ponies, riding horses like Tennessee Walkers, Morgans, Arabians, and Saddlebreds to draft Percherons. Some have been raised by us, others have been rescued from unsafe or neglectful situations or just given a new purpose.
Sateen is a 15H Morgan shown in the Hunt division at the Morgan World Grand National Championship and placed in the top ten. She also makes a wonderful mother.
Breaker is a 17H American Saddlebred Western Pleasure gelding. He is daunting to stand next to but has a luxurious ride. Breaker was trained to be a Park horse, however his conformation is more suitable for Western Pleasure. His greatest talent however, lies with his quirky nature and his ability to work with people of all ages.