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Meet The Horses

Black and White Pintabian

I’ve been at Rolling Hills as long as I can remember. I’ve had many different people work with me through my youth which has prepared me for my new job as a therapy horse. I’m a fun loving guy that gets bored easily. I love to be moving, playing with something or being entertained by the people in my life. I have a really big walk and trot which keeps my riders entertained and helps build core strength and balance quickly.

The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why. ~Mark Twain

I’m sponsored by Rolling Hills Boarding Stable and John and Paula Manual.

Blue Roan Quarter Horse

I’ve spent most of my life cutting cows and going out on the trail. I’m a vital part of the RAD equine family since I’m the perfect horse for riders moving towards independence. I listen to light cues from them and respond quickly but I’m still forgiving and understanding if they get confused when asking me to do something. I always keep my cool which allows me to be a great show horse for our independent riders. I’m excellent at games and western dressage too.

For one to fly, one only needs to take the reins. ~Melissa James

I’m sponsored by Shea Realty.

Spotted Saddle Horse

I have the gentlest of souls, my specialty is mirroring emotion. When I was younger I wasn’t treated very well under saddle. I’ve come a long way since then, and realize that even though I’ve been through a lot, I can still help people. People learn a whole different way to bond with horses by working on the ground with me. I’m very sensitive to how you feel and react. Everyone who works with me learns to understand their emotions and body language by the way I respond to them.

Nothing is impossible, the world itself says ‘I’m possible’! ~Audrey Hepburn

I’m sponsored by Patti and Robert Whisler.

Bay American Morgan Horse

My best trait is my ability to make people laugh. I love to play games! Soccer, carry the cone, eat the hula hoop/cone/mailbox are among some of my favorites. I started out doing saddle seat and western pleasure when I was younger. I was even Reserve National Champion in Hunter Pleasure! Now I’m learning dressage and a little jumping. I enjoy sharing the knowledge I’ve gained in the show ring to help advance my riders.

In the middle of a difficulty lies an opportunity. ~Albert Einstein

I’m sponsored by Lynn Elliott.

Miniature Donkey

I may be small but I am mighty! I was rescued by RAD to become a therapy donkey and I’M A NATURAL! My favorite thing in the world is spending time with people. (I think I might be one but everyone thinks I’m a donkey). I have big plans for my future and have come up with some new ways I can reach out to the special folks that come out to visit with me.

We could never learn to be brave and patient if there were only joy in the world. ~Helen Keller
I’m sponsored by La Finquita Winery!

Chestnut Quarter Pony

I was born into the life of a therapy horse; as a special needs rider herself, my loving mom taught me to be her therapy horse. She raised from a foal, gently and patiently teaching me how to listen to light que’s, travel smoothly for my riders, and to be fearlessly brave in all situations. I’ve been a trail horse, gone camping and even ridden down Main Street in Ramona! Now, I’m sharing what I’ve learned with my riders, I’m perfect for young riders learning to control their horse as well as more independent riders that would like to canter, I’ve got endless energy and willingness to help.

I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do. ~Edward Everett Hale

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Bay Warmblood

My younger years were spent jumping and doing dressage, I was a fancy pants show horse before coming to RAD. I not only did shows but thoroughly enjoy trail rides, specially rides that involve water! I’m the largest therapy horse here but I’m super calm and level headed for all of my riders from lead line to independent, little kids to adults. I am the all around horse!

Do your little bit of good where you are; for it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world. ~ Desmond Tutu

Bay Quarab

My life has been dedicated to teaching riders, young and old how to ride. I was a beloved lesson horse for years before getting my loving family. They realized I wasn’t ready for retirement and decided to share me with RAD. I love getting to take care of my riders, teaching them how to grow in confidence and skill (even if I have a bit of sass when doing it). I’m as steady as they come and don’t know how to do anything but support my riders by providing what they need.

I never teach my pupils, I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they learn. ~ Albert Einstein

Black and White Paint

I’ve done a little bit of everything with my mom, but my favorite is trail rides! I’m lucky that the next stage in my life has taken me to RAD, my mom decided she could share me with others since I have so much to offer. I have great ground manners and can be led around by just about anyone. I’m super comfy to ride and like to listen to my riders and do whatever they ask. I can be slow and careful for young, timid riders or I can pick up the pace for riders looking to advance their skills.

Nothing is so strong as gentleness. Nothing is so gentle as real strength. ~ Ralph W. Sockman

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