A very special group of trained therapeutic riding horses assist us with our program. These horses are sensitive to their riders and try to make adjustments to ensure a comfortable ride, whatever difficulties the rider may be having.
Fawn is an 18 year old palomino Arabian cross. She is considered a pony, and loves her job working with the smaller kids.
She is easily recognizable if you look for her misshaped left ear.
Harley is a 20 year old Fjord Morgan Cross. He is easily the most versatile horse we have at Valley, from students having their first lesson, to students learning to canter off lead.
If not in the arena, you can always find Harley out in the field rocking his very stylish mohawk. If you listen carefully, you can hear him sucking on his tongue. See if he sticks out his tongue when he gets a treat.
Julia is an 18 year old Morgan quarter horse cross. She is a barn favourite.
She’s always happy to see you whether you’ve brought treats or are just looking for some cuddles.
Nickers is a 21 year old quarter horse gelding. He is a reliable, steady Eddy, and truly loves his job working with the kids.
You can easily spot Nickers by the brand on his left side, an S and a heart, standing for Sweet-heart.
Nickers’ favourite activity is grazing out in the field with his best friends, and he loves getting treats after his lessons.
Pasqualina, also known as Pasq, is a 17 year old Percheron cross. She is the biggest mare we have at Valley, standing at 16 hands.
She loves all kind of treats, and will eat them up in one bite.
Rosie is a 19 year old paint mare. She loves everybody she meets and her motto is always “the more the merrier.”
Salee is our resident retired horse, although she still enjoys an occasional grooming lesson. Salee has put in many years at Valley and is enjoying her well-earned relaxing retirement.
T.C. or Tardy’s Choice
T.C. is a 25 year old quarter horse, and is Valley’s newest team member.
T.C. has a “been there done that” attitude and is fitting into the program nicely.
Titan is a 19-year-old standard bred, who has had a long racing career. He is now a welcome member of our team of horses.
Tobi comes from a jumping background and is semi retired, used for many of our independent riders. He is a gentle giant who loves human attention and lots of cuddles. He loves to nap whenever his new neighbour Peaches takes her daily naps.
Whatson is one of our biggest horses, with one of the sweetest temperaments. He has a puppy dog personality, and frequently finds a way to become a volunteer and student favourite.
Valley Therapeutic Equestrian Association has a team of horses who are selected for their suitability for therapeutic work with clients who are not necessarily “horse people.” In an EGT session horses are regarded as equal partners in the therapeutic process and are treated with dignity and respect as per the National Association of Equine Facilitated Wellness.