Horses and Riders


HickoryHi! My name is Hickory.  I am a quarter horse and I am the leader of the group here at the stables.  It’s not an easy job but someone has to do it!  I like to eat grass and grain and LOVE alfalfa!  I’m in excellent shape as you can tell by my figure.  I love my horse family but I really love when people are around and when they ride me. It’s the best part of my day!  I hope you will come out and see me.  If you’d like you could brush my coat, pet me or ride me.  I love when people are on my back and I can show them what a smart horse I am.  I’ve had very good trainers in my life and I can tell what my rider wants by the way they touch me.  (I also know a lot of spoken human words.)  What I’m best at is knowing what you want by the slightest touch.  Don’t worry if you’re nervous because many people are.  I, and the rest of the horses here, are very gentle.  We know people love us and we want people to know we love them too!  I hope to see you soon.



SittaHello, my name is Sitta, pronounced (Sit-tah).  I am an Egyptian Arabian.  I stand 14.2 hands high.  My age?  It doesn’t matter!  Although I am the most “mature” in the group here at the stables, most people think I’m around 12.  My ancestors originated in the Arabian Peninsula and we are the oldest breed in the world!  Arabians have a distinctive head shape and we naturally hold our tail high.  My breed is the most recognizable too.  Because of my lineage I am naturally very versatile.  I can do almost anything people want.  I love the herd I belong to.  We are all different yet very similar.  We look out for each other.  Hickory thinks she’s the boss!  I let her think it….but I have the most experience and I love to learn new things. The people at the stables keep bringing in new items to make sure we are comfortable with them and they also make the strangest noises trying to scare us.  Really, if they only knew we are trying so hard not to laugh at them!  That’s okay though because they are really good people and they take excellent care of us.  I hope you can come out to the stables and see me.



spiritHello Everyone!  I am called Spirit.  I am very kind and gentle and that is why they chose me to join the family here at the Center.  I am a Tennessee Walker and I’m all black from head to hoof with beautiful almond shaped eyes!  They take really good care of me here.  I LOVE it when they brush my coat and could stand there ALL day while they do that.  It relaxes me and sometimes I find myself wanting to fall asleep!  I also like it when people ride me.  Since I am a TW I am not only tall but I have a different type of gait.  You should come out and ride one of the other horses then me and see if you can tell the difference?!  Maybe before we ride you can brush me?  And then of course after we ride you could brush me?  I overheard people talking about mud baths and how it helps the skin so I like to help out by giving myself a mud bath every so often, then I get a real bath and get brushed and brushed….Wow!  My coat really shines then. See you soon!


diabloHi, my name is Diablo! BJL Good Impression” is my full name.  Diablo is so much shorter and yet everyone seems to just call me “D”.  I am one of the few boys right now! I get bossed around a lot by all of these “ladies” aka mares.  They don’t give me much room to move. They can be very pushy when it’s feeding time! I actually belong to Hope, she is such a lovely girl! She could have had any horse she wanted and she picked me!!  I think it was my beautiful markings and my piebald face, not to mention my many, talents. There are not a lot of horses that look like me.  Legend is that a horse with my markings brings good luck to the rider!  (If these “ladies” only knew what they had!)  I am so spoiled by Hope and her family. They come and take care of me and love me so much! Hope and I are best friends!   I have learned all kinds of new things at the Center so not only Hope and her family can ride me but others come and enjoy the therapy I provide.

Hasta la vista!  ~Diablo



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