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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

Line Back Dun Quarter Pony

I have a long history of helping little ones learn the ropes when it comes to horses. From getting painted at pony parties to lead line lessons, you name it, I’ve done it. I always take care of my rider whether they need slow and steady for full support, a large engaging walk for those seeking sensory input or something in-between. In true pony fashion, I have a lot of personality, if you’re really lucky you’ll get to hear me blow a raspberry while I’m hanging out at the cross ties.

There are only two emotions that belong in the saddle; one is a sense of humor, and the other is patience. ~John Lyons

German Riding Pony

I have a lot in common with my namesake, I’ve got the frizzy hair, I’m really smart, and I’m all business. Whether it’s advancing young independent riders to the next level or going slow with little ones on lead, I’m up to any challenge, and I will do it better than anyone else. I was imported from Germany and the plan was to be a broodmare. Luckily that didn’t pan out and I found my forever person who brought me to RAD.

Horses lend us the wings we lack. ~Pam Brown

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

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

Chestnut Quarter Horse

After growing up in the cold of Colorado, I learned from a young age that I prefer the warm weather of Southern California. I’m a big ole western girl. I’m the been there done that trail horse; I’ve done cowboy challenges, some reining and competed in english and western equitation. I’m as steady as they come. You can launch fireworks off my back and I won’t care. I enjoy bonding with my riders and sharing moments of pure joy with them. Whether it’s playing games, practicing my western jog or helping my riders win at shows, I’m the best all-around horse.

There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man. ~ Sir Winston Churchill

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

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

Dark Bay Thoroughbred

I’m a youngster around the ranch but I’m always excited to see what’s going on. I came to RAD after my retirement from the track (I wasn’t very fast). I’ve still got a little too much race horse in me to be in mounted therapy lessons but I have other things I can teach people. I’m getting really good at round penning and I love clicker training days! I also love to play chase, getting to jump on the big ball and gentle nose rubs. I’m in training to become a 3 day event horse but I’ve found my home at RAD and I know with my calm temperament and sweet nature, someday I will make the cut for mounted lessons (it just may be a while).

Sometimes our light goes out, but it is blown again into instant flame by an encounter with another human being. ~Albert Schweitzer

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

Bay Quarter/Draft Cross

Few horses have experienced the exciting life I’ve been fortunate to be a part of, it’s top secret, I can’t talk about it (but if you ask the right person at RAD, they may let it slip). What I can say is that I’ve had some pretty fun and wild experiences in my past, I loved that life! But it’s time to move on, my experience has given me a solid foundation to become an amazing therapy horse. I’m gentle, kind and LOVE people. In fact I love to just hang out with people. I have a smooth walk that is great for confidence building, especially for those who may be intimidated or for riders who physically can’t handle too much movement. I’m excited to be retiring into the slow paced life of caring for others and enjoying the little things.

Our wounds are often the openings into the best and most beautiful parts of us. ~ David Richo

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