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!