Each of our horses provides about 320 hours of therapy under saddle during the course of a year. Each also provides countless hours of pleasure to our volunteers, riders and parents who enjoy their company and their unique personalities.
Our therapy horses are chosen for their quiet and generous personalities and their smooth and therapeutic gaits. They are intuitive, nurturing and each equine therapist is very special to all involved the program. Most have lived active and productive lives before joining the therapy program.
We currently have ten fantastic therapy horses:
Buck | Rupert | Orion | Teddy | Finn| Joy | Pasqualina | Rain | Hailey | Inga
Buck & Rupert – They’re almost as wide as they are tall! These Fjords are strong, gentle in nature, and willing work horses. They are under 14HH which makes them ideal Therapeutic Equine Therapists. In order to tell one from the other, Rupert has been given a Mullet Mane hair cut and Buck has a mane hair cut that looks like a piano keyboard. Buck & Rupert are in their 20s and very much enjoy each other’s company.
Rupert is partially sponsored by Payment Source Canada
Teddy Bear – (Teddy) We just can’t seem to have too many of these Fjords. Soon we’ll have enough for our own drill team! Teddy is a 13.1HH Welsh/Fjord Gelding born in 1997 whom we purchased in November 2003. PC: Jade Stone Photography
Sponsored by Rotary Club of Haney
Finn – A 14.2hh Andalusian/Paint gelding, born in 2003. He’s a lovely horse for our independent riders, as he takes very good care of them. We are grateful to free lease Finn. PC: Jade Stone Photography
Sponsored by Helen Dickie
Almond Joy – Joy is a 12.1hh Welsh pony mare, born in 1998 whom we purchased in 2015. She’s a wonderful dependable pony loved by many of our riders. She is trained to ride & drive, a pony of many talents. PC: Jade Stone Photography.
Partially Sponsored By: Northern Lights Learning Center
Pasqualina – A sensitive gentle giant mare who we are grateful to free lease. She has a fantastic walk and a lovely smooth trot. She’s kind and gentle with her riders, the perfect therapy horse.
Rain – A sweet and gentle soul. Rain was born in 2012 and is a Morgan/Haflinger mare. We are hopeful for her future as not only a therapy horse, but also as a Para Dressage mount.
Sponsored By Explorer Software Inc
Hailey – A very kind hearted Trakehner mare who adds much value to our program. She was born in 1998, competed as a Para Dressage horse for many years and started her career at NFTRA in 2017. We are grateful to free lease this mare.
Inga – Another Norwegian Fjord! She arrived at NFTRA in November 2018, and we are delighted to have her. She is a female version of Rupert, with the same kind manner and gentleness about her. She adores attention.
Sponsored by N.W. & L G. Rayner
NFTRA Therapy Horse Criteria:
- Preferably 7-18 years of age
- Gelding or mare
- Show or pony club experience preferred. With our limited time & resources, we do not have the ability to train a horse from the ground up, we will only provide training specific to therapeutic needs
- Comfortable in arena and on trail
- Have current veterinary records available
- Be up-to-date on all vaccines and worming
- Serviceable sound
- Have been shod or trimmed ten (10) days prior or less
- Displays even temperament and predictability
- Can be ridden and led with people on both sides
- Obeys voice commands in all gaits
- Lunges through all gaits going both directions
- Is able to accept strange noises on and around them
- Performs smooth transitions being led, lunged and ridden
- Accepts special therapy equipment
- Can work independently with riders, as well as with assistance
- Respects people on ground around them
We cannot accept horses that have chronic health issues such as hock problems, back pain, loss of vision, etc. or behaviors that bear a potential danger to our program.
NFTRA’s Vision is a respectful workplace for all members at our facility. This included horses, riders, volunteers, staff AND our environment. Thank-you for trusting us with your beloved herd member
If you have a suitable horse please contact our Program Manager
firstname.lastname@example.org or 604-462-7786