Our horses give temporary legs to children with mobility challenges. They help strengthen muscles weakened by cerebral palsy. They teach children how to control their behaviors. They help children learn how to trust. And our horses create laughter and joy!
Being a therapy horse is an incredibly special job, requiring patience, tolerance, good health, and wonderful manners. This is not a job for just any horse. Our horses (and ponies) are all geldings (neutered males) and most have had careers prior to joining our herd. Some have carried their riders along the trails, others have won blue ribbons in the show ring. Our horses go through a rigorous evaluation period prior to being accepted. Many of our horses are on long-term free leases to HALTER but will retire back with their owners, and HALTER owns a few horses.
Our horses require daily feeding, care of their feet every six weeks, and routine health care, including shots, twice each year. Routine expenses for the herd are usually about $25,000 per year. Contact Nancy Paschall if you are interested in sponsoring a therapy horse!
Meet Our Horses
I am a paint pony who came to HALTER from Charleston because I was allergic to sand fleas. I am 22 years old and my size is good for beginning riders or those who need extra help.
I am 22 years old and excel at standing very still so our most challenged riders can take their time getting mounted. I am a Halflinger, bred to work in the mines but also great at carrying riders who need support from their sidewalkers.
I am a 14 year old Appaloosa gelding. I came to HALTER in November 2020. I have a little trouble seeing out of one eye, but that does not keep me from doing my job and carrying my riders safely.
I am a black Kentucky Mountain gaited horse. I am 12 years old and started as a therapy horse as a 4 year old. My smooth running walk and broad back are perfect for those who need to work on balance.
I am a 17 year old gray Percheron Arab cross. I am easy to lead and love to step out with riders who like a lively walk.
I am a 13 year old Paint Tennessee Walking Horse and I have blue eyes. I have a smooth gait and am enjoying my new job after a career as a show horse. I am from Virginia and from the same farm as Mick.
I am a 20 year old bay large pony who came to HALTER in July 2021. My gentle nature and large brown eyes make me a favorite of both riders and volunteers. I enjoy naps in the sun.
I am a 17 year old quarter horse gelding. I came to HALTER in 2023. I have a shiny black coat and a friendly attitude. I have a relaxed walk and a big trot.
I am a 22 year old quarter horse cross who arrived at HALTER in June of 2022 after a career as a trail horse. My small size and steady pace make me a great starter horse for young riders
I am a 10 year old Kentucky Mountain gaited horse. I have a fun and playful personality. I am very good with sensory seeking kids because I get it. I am sensory seeking, too.
I am a 16 year old quarter horse from Cassat, SC. I used to show and fox hunt, but I like my new job at HALTER. I like kids and the volunteers are so nice to me.