Each of our therapy horses has a unique personality, as you’ll read below. We’ve come to believe that people will pick the horse that they truly need, and in turn our clients are able to engage in an honest, non-judgmental relationship with their horse. The skills learned in developing that relationship can then be easily translated to developing relationships with people.
Learn more about each of our therapy horses below.
Moses is a Draft/Quarter Horse gelding. Moses was previously used in Ohio University’s equestrian program and came to our program in 2015. Moses is an extrovert and loves to be around people and other horses. Moses’ broad back and smooth gaits are beneficial for clients with physical disabilities. Moses is the “class clown” of the group and knows how to make people laugh. Moses is often playful and mischievous, whether opening his own stall door or chewing on your jacket zipper. He loves to trail ride and typically stops to grab a bite of grass or leaves as he goes.
Adam, also known as the “gentle giant” of the barn, is a bay Thoroughbred gelding. While many are intimidated by Adam’s large size, he can quickly gain one’s trust and confidence with his gentle nature. Honesty is Adam’s virtue as he supports clients in exploring and experiencing authentic connection within relationships. Adam is quite the athlete and enjoys having a job. He also enjoys galloping around the pasture, reliving his glory days as a racehorse and eventer. Adam is a great confidence builder for children and adults alike; he constantly proves to people that they can overcome challenges and achieve their goals! Adam came to us from a wonderful friend who wanted his retirement to be productive and helpful to others.
Carbon is a Quarter Horse gelding. Carbon is one of the most gentle horses in the barn, but don’t let his easy-going demeanor fool you! Carbon was once a fierce competitor in the show ring and he has won his owner many blue ribbons in his competitive days! Now Carbon thrives on the love and attention of the children and adults that visit One Heart Stables. Instead of winning ribbons, Carbon now wins over the hearts of any person that he interacts with. Carbon is leased to One Heart Stables by his current owner, who knew that his kind demeanor and big heart could help heal the hearts that walk through our barn doors.
Blue is a gray Quarter Horse gelding. Many people love Blue because, contrary to his name, he is a beautiful light gray color! Blue is the true definition of “slow and steady wins the race” and can often be found napping in his stall. Blue is more introverted in nature, but he loves to get attention and be pampered. Blue has a kind soul and is a good match for children or adults who may be intimidated by horses due to their size or temperament. Blue came to One Heart Stables from an anonymous donor who knew that Blue’s gentle spirit was a great fit for our therapy program.
Caramel is the smallest therapy horse in the barn. He is often described as “small but mighty” because he is brave, energetic, and enjoys going for long trail rides. Caramel has helped many people learn to trust horses through his gentle yet spirited personality. He has the patience of a saint and is a great match for the young horse enthusiast. Caramel loves all of the attention that he receives and is exceptionally happy when munching on a carrot or apple.
Sunny is a Paint mare. Many people think that Sunny is beautiful because of her unique colored mane and tail and bright blue eyes. In 2014, Sunny was given to a teenage girl who really needed a horse in her life; now an adult, Sunny’s owner generously decided to put Sunny into our therapy program so that Sunny can give to others the help that she received from this special horse. Sunny is now a sensitive “therapist” with our clients. She is kind, gentle, and gives 100% while working with her clients.
Destiny is a Clydesdale/Thoroughbred Cross mare and the newest addition to the One Heart Stables family. She is kind, a good listener and aims to please. She worked for several years in a lesson program, with students ranging from 10 to 63 years old riding her in English, Western and her personal favorite—bareback. Destiny considers horses her four-legged family members, and people her two-legged ones. She will easily steal your heart (and your treats) with her big kind eyes, her horsey hugs and her earnest greetings. Destiny joins the One Heart Family on a lease from her current owner and friend, who is very excited to share her dream horse with us.
Corey is a Quarter Horse gelding. He loves people and other horses and usually becomes a fast friend to anyone that interacts with him. He is steady, gentle, and trustworthy, making him a great asset to the therapy program. Many people feel drawn to Corey because of his beautiful black coloring. Before living at One Heart Stables, Corey was used in a riding lesson program. Corey was donated by a caring friend who knew that Corey’s sweet nature would help people feel loved and safe in the barn.