Aesir

Breed: Norwegian Fjord

Color: Dun

Born: 1997

Owned by Grace & Tim Deboodt

At Healing Reins since: 2012

Sponsored by: Century Insurance Group

Aesir brings not only his strength, stamina, and high work ethic to Healing Reins, but also his big heart and good nature.  Aesir is an active horse, and his movement provides a perfect “dynamic platform” for clients in need of muscle activation and sensory input and integration.

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Axel

Breed: Norwegian Fjord

Color: Dun

Born: 1991

Owned by Maggie McLaughlin

At Healing Reins since: 2008

Sponsored by: Dr. Barbara Newman

Axel is strong, committed, and eager to serve. “Grandfather” Axel’s loving nature and small but sturdy build make him particularly well suited to working with children in our physical, occupational, and speech and language program (hippotherapy).

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Bella

Breed: Belgian/Quarter Horse

Color: Bay

Born: 2006

Owned by Healing Reins

At Healing Reins since: 2018

Sponsored by: The Cofer Family

Bella is a more recent and welcomed addition to our herd. Bella is hardy, dedicated, and keen to work with teens who are recovering from abuse and substance dependency. Bella’s move to Healing Reins was made possible in part by a generous donation from one of our long-time volunteers – thank you!

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Echo

Breed: Haflinger

Color: Chestnut

Owned by Leah Bishop

At Healing Reins since: 2018

Sponsored by:  Claudia Barnes

A newer addition to our herd, Echo is a beautiful Haflinger with a luxuriant mane and tail who loves to have her forelock braided – both for fashion and function. She loves attention and nickers at everyone, just so they know she is there. She is proving herself to be an extremely versatile, all-around horse.

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Elvis

Breed: Hackney/Welsh

Color: Smokey Buckskin

Born: 2003

Owned by Healing Reins Therapeutic Riding Center

At Healing Reins since 2017

Sponsored by: Michel & Marian Boileau

Elvis is our hard-working, super-friendly therapy pony who has tons of charisma and star power. When not helping children through his skill-building activity blanket – custom made by a volunteer – Elvis serves as our Healing Reins equine ambassador.

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Faith

Breed: Norwegian Fjord

Color: Dun

Born: 1995

Owned by Healing Reins Therapeutic Riding Center

At Healing Reins since: 2011

Sponsored by: Bigfoot Beverages

Faith is a former OHSET champion. Faith is now a go-to horse for teens from Rimrock Trails who are part of our Taking the Reins program.

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Gunner

Breed: Arabian

Color: Gray

Born: 1993

Owned by Lynn Honey

At Healing Reins since: 2016

Sponsored by: Todd & Lori Coulter

Gunner is one of our friendliest and most social steeds who very much wants to do good by those with whom he bonds. His temperament and narrow frame make him a stand-out in our pediatric physical, occupational and speech and language therapy program, also known as Hippotherapy.

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Hammer

Breed: Draft Cross

Color: Bay

Born: 2002

Owned by Elese Viloria

At Healing Reins since: 2018

Sponsored by:  Bend Garbage & Recycling

With his Mustang heritage, Hammer is an energetic and handsome horse known for providing positive feedback to his riders. He brings a stellar sense of pride, honed during his years as a jumper and show horse, to his work at Healing Reins. Because Hammer is a large and strong horse, he is particularly suited to work with teens whose high energy levels match his own.

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Harmonie

Breed: Haflinger

Color: Chestnut

Born: 1995

Owned by Chris Lowell & Katie Kessel

At Healing Reins since: 2014

Sponsored by: Brad & Lisa Bailey

Due to her good nature, exceptional stability, and compassionate service, Harmonie is well-loved by the staff, volunteers and riders at Healing Reins. She works equally well across all programs, but her intuitive sense of others’ emotional states make her especially suited to our mental health and Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy programs.

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Jingo

Breed: Quarter Horse

Color: Smokey Buckskin

Born:  1999

Owned by Kaitlin Campbell

At Healing Reins since: 2018

Sponsored by: Faith Run Farms

Jingo is kind and patient, steady and caring. He is a smooth-walking, straight-talking former team champion with tons of heart and loads of humility. Now the champion of Healing Reins, Jingo is a true compass in our mental health work with teens, who rely on his confidence to help build their own.

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Joker

Breed: Quarter Horse

Color: Palomino

Born: 1992

Owned by Patty Dusterhoff

At Healing Reins since: 2016

Sponsored by: Nuan Crowder & Gail Hongladarom

Joker is notable as an “all-around” horse. Joker performs with exceptional skill and style across a range of clients and programs. He excels in our pediatric physical, occupational, and speech and language program, on the Sensory Integration Trail, and in mental health and Equine-Assisted Learning (EAL) work with teens. We couldn’t ask for more!

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Judy

Breed: Haflinger

Color: Chestnut

Born: 2003

Owned by Carla Will & Brylee Dickey

At Healing Reins since: 2018

Sponsored by: Angell Legacy Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation

Like so many of us in Central Oregon, Judy came from California. There, she was a hunter/jumper who, given her Haflinger size, helped young riders learn to jump. At Healing Reins, she’s known as a kind-hearted horse who is especially attentive to her riders. Here, she helps children learn to walk, jump and climb stairs; strengthen muscles; improve balance; and experience joy!

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Our daughter is non-verbal, but she’s learned to communicate with her horse, Aesir, by giving him commands. Thank you for supporting Healing Reins in honor of her and Aesir’s special bond.

I love Axel. He’s my favorite. I wish I had Mohawk hair like his.

These last few months, working with Bella, I have FINALLY found a respite from the “real world”—I’ve found peace and something to look forward to. Working with my trainer Jess, my volunteers Bill and Justin, and my horse Bella, make it worth me getting through life until my next lesson.

Axel, who is usually quite stoic, reached his head around and laid his chin on the veteran’s shoulder. That demonstration of compassion from Axel deeply touched the veteran and formed a bond between the two of them. From then on, they were a team.

Kitty

Breed: Paint

Color: Chestnut/White

Born: 1998

Owned by Jim and Becky Rozewski

At Healing Reins since: 2018

Sponsored by: Jim & Becky Rozewski

Kitty is a beautiful and kind horse. Kitty attracts the attention of our visitors and has fast formed attachments to our riders and volunteers. Though independent and appreciative of her own quiet time and space, Kitty responds and attends to our wide variety of client needs. We’re thrilled to count Kitty as a member of our therapy horse herd!

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Maleah

Breed: Quarter Horse

Color: Buckskin

Born: 2001

Owned by Dorothy Forsyth

At Healing Reins since: 2012

Sponsored by: Jim & Pam Steinke

With her experience as a reining horse, Maleah is easy to steer and so is especially suited to working with individuals who have suffered a stroke. She is very responsive, even to those who can only ride one-handed. Her bouncy but rhythmic trot helps riders to learn and practice posting, which builds not only their strength, but also their confidence.

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QD

Breed: Quarter Horse

Color: Chestnut

Born: 2000

Owned by Jeff & Dawn Curl

At Healing Reins since: 2018

Sponsored by: The Joseph M. Schenck Foundation

QD’s larger frame and stature make her a good fit for our sturdier teens and adults. Her easy-going nature and even temperament make her especially responsive to vulnerable youth in crisis who need safe and authentic connection, appropriate boundaries, and the calm that comes from being in the present moment.

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Raz

Breed: Kentucky Mountain Horse

Color: Gray

Born: 1999

Owned by Kate & Dean Bolinger

At Healing Reins since: 2018

Sponsored by:  BendBroadband

Raz is one of the few gaited horses in our herd (gaited horses have been selectively bred to achieve smooth-to-ride, ambling gaits). As such, he enables our clients—particularly those who use wheelchairs— to experience a different kind of movement. Raz has a reputation as a very social horse. This serves him well in his work with groups of adolescents, teens and young adults from Rimrock Trails, Cascade Crest Transitions, and New Leaf Academy.

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Smokey

Breed: Paint

Color: Black and white

Born: 1997

Owned by JoAnne & Tom Weinmann

At Healing Reins since: 2016

Sponsored by: Lou and Betty Capozzi

Smokey is all about reliability, adaptability, and versatility. This, combined with his constant good nature and strong work ethic, make him a cornerstone of our herd.

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Tino

Breed: Morgan

Color: Bay

Born: 2003

Owned by Stephen & Lynae Ireland

At Healing Reins since: 2019

Sponsored by:  Ed & Beth Irish

Tino is fast becoming a favorite and already is a go-to horse for Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy. Working with clients and Healing Reins’ mental health counselors, he provides a safe and bounded space in which clients can become aware of, express, and process their feelings, be they related to trauma, abuse, addiction, grief, anxiety or depression.

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Toby

Breed: Quarter Horse

Color: Dun

Born: 1994

Owned by Christina Bates

At Healing Reins since: 2007

Sponsored by: Bill & Gila Taylor

Toby is one of the longest-serving members of our herd, having been with Healing Reins for 11 years. He is known for his smooth movement, relaxed nature, and his ability to put at ease clients who are fearful or anxious. Toby loves his work at Healing Reins and as of yet, he refuses to retire.

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