Our Therapy 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 side-walkers, 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 massage therapists, saddle fitters and farriers. 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.

Berri

Full Name: 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

Full Name: Chloe Girl.

Birthday: February 14, 1999. Personality: sweet and loving. Fun Fact: She loves taking children on trail rides.

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.

Suzie

Full Name: Doublesan Scootnrouge

Birthday: December 15, 2001. Personality: Curious and playful. Fun Fact: Suzie is the star of our unmounted program.

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.

Kiera

Full name: DPS Riccan for the stars

Birthday: May 5, 2009. Personality: Sweet and curious. Fun Fact: She is Little Zoey's younger half sister and is active in our therapeutic riding program. Although only 36" tall, she can pull an adult in her little pony cart!

Quinn

Full Name: The Mighty Quinn

Birthday: June 1, 2010. Gender: Gelding. Breed: Bashkir Curly Horse. Color: Bay. Height: 15.2. Personality: He was donated by a woman named Stephanie in New York. She thought he had the magical touch to change people's lives. Quinn's previous career was as a 2nd level dressage horse. We could not be more excited to welcome such a talent to our herd.

Little Zoey

Full Name: DPS Ima Star

Birthday: May 5, 2007. Personality: She is small but mightly, and even a little bossy at times! Fun Fact: She is the star of our Senior's program as she is exactly wheelchair height.

Currently Seeking Therapy Horse

Do you know of a horse that would be a perfect fit for our programs?

Hidden Acres Therapeutic Riding Center, located on 80 acres in Naugatuck CT, is in search of a horse to join our therapy herd. We are a private nonprofit 501-3C providing equine assisted therapies and activities to children and adults with special needs, disabilities and mental health challenges. The members of our therapy herd are considered full partners in the therapeutic process and as such are respected team members who are afforded the best possible care. Our horses receive regular equine massage, saddle fitting, veterinary care, specialty shoeing if necessary and constant assessment of their physical and mental health. All horses have daily turn out on large grass pastures.

The horse we seek should possess the following characteristics:

• 5-17 yrs. old
• 14-15.3 hands
• Sound
• Finished W/T/C
• Calm, easy-going temperament
• Suitable for beginner riders

We are interested in all of the following: donation, free lease or horses available for purchase. You can be assured of an excellent home for your horse, whose contribution will be highly valued. In free lease situations, owners are welcome to remain in contact and continue riding their horse outside of the therapy schedule. Horses in our herd typically engage in eight or less therapeutic lessons per week. A 30-90 day assessment and training period is necessary before accepting a horse into our program. Hidden Acres provides all necessary care except for major emergency care during assessment period regardless of whether the horse is accepted into program.

Please email Rebecca: [email protected] or call/text: 203-516-8380 for more information.