horses

Meet the Hidden Acres Herd

It takes a very special horse to be part of a therapeutic riding program.

About our horses

Each member of our herd has a very unique personality, but they all share traits in common that make them ideal for serving the participants in our therapeutic riding and equine-assisted activities programs. Horses that succeed in these roles tend to be between 10 and 20 years old and have a solid foundation of training and experience. They’re also kind and patient by nature, less reactive than the average horse, and in good health with sound walk, trot and canter movement which is especially important for riders with physical challenges.

We assess new potential herd members for these desired qualities, followed by a trial period and training program to introduce them to their new role. They practice being on lead, teaming with sidewalkers, working with riders that may be vocal or physically unstable, and interacting with items on our sensory trail. They then complete a final assessment before serving riders and participants.

In appreciation of the special gifts our horses provide, we give them the best possible care with the help of veterinarians, equine dentists, horse chiropractors and masseuses, saddle fitters and hoof specialists. This kind of quality care requires a great deal of resources.  Please contact us if you’re interested in making a recurring or one-time contribution toward their care or if you are interesting in donating a horse that may be suitable for our programs.

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Berri

Crescent Lake Berri Wyne
birthday: May 8, 2002
personality: full of energy and personality
fun fact: She loves being groomed and clearly communicates to participants how
much she enjoys the tender attention.

Chloe

Chloe Girl
birthday: February 14, 1999
personality: sweet and loving
fun fact: She loves taking children
on trail rides.

 

Suzie

full name: Doublesan Scootnrouge
birthday: December 15, 2001
personality: Curious and playful
fun fact:  Suzie is the star of our unmounted program

 Jocasta

full name: Spring Hollow Jocasta
birthday: May 8, 2002
personality: hardworking and smart
fun fact: She’s a world champion carriage
driver in the timed obstacle division.

Kendall 

full name: EVB Kendall Jackson
birthday: May 26, 2009
personality: playful and energetic
fun fact: She was donated to the farm
to honor and serve the victims of the
Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy.

Windsor

full name: Windsor Boy
birthday: June 1, 2001
personality: a loving snuggler
fun fact: He’s the largest of all our
horses with a big heart to match,
known as a real teddy bear.

Zoe 

full name: Beta B Moet
birthday: April 23, 1999
personality: loving and driven
fun fact: She loves giving and
receiving affection with
participants and volunteers.

 

Samba

full name: Heir’s Moon Light Samba
birthday:

Kiera

full name: DPS Riccan for the stars
birthday: May 5th 

 

Zoey

full name: DPS Ima Star
birthday: May 5th