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.
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:
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