Meet Our Healing Herd

Take a minute to meet each of our horses below. Roll over the arrows below each of their photos to learn more about our horses and if they still need a sponsor like you. Learn more about the criteria for our horses to become a therapy horse here. 
Learn more about how to donate in-kind horse services and supplies, or how to become a 2020-2021 horse sponsor:
Contact Ali Burke via email or call her directly at 541-382-9410.





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Aesir Norwegian Fjord Horse

About Aesir

Aesir

Breed: Norwegian Fjord
Color: Dun
Born: 1997
At Healing Reins Since: 2012
Owned by: Grace and Tim DeBoodt

Sponsored by: Century Insurance Group.

Aesir is beloved for his “class clown” reputation around here: he is mischievous and goofy and loves working with people. His small, strong stature and quick movements make him a great partner for riders who need extra stimulation, and his experience as a carriage horse make him a great choice for hippotherapy clientele.

Annie Welsh Arab Cross Horse

About Annie

Annie

Breed: Welsh Arab Cross
Color: Gray
Born: 2012
At Healing Reins Since: 2020
Owned by: Ann Nicklous Westlund

Sponsored by: Jenny Chesley

Annie is young, vivacious and whip-smart. She is wonderful for hippotherapy clients with her big, fast gaits and quick turns and transitions, and her emotionality makes her a natural choice for EAMH sessions. She is responsive and observant, making her a wonderful partner for those learning about all aspects of horsemanship.

About Axel

Axel

Breed: Norwegian Ford
Color: Dun
Born: 1991
At Healing Reins Since: 2008
Owned by: Maggie McLaughlin

Sponsored by: Dr. Barbara Newman

Axel is a long-time member of the Healing Herd and is still going strong. He especially loves working with young children and helping them ride in a gentle and safe way. He is a great walk/trot horse for the little ones and also enjoys the occasional hippotherapy or EAMH client. He gives his whole heart to his work and is a joy to have at the barn.

Bodie - Quarter Horse Paint Cross

About Bodie

Bodie

Breed: Paint
Color: Bay Tobiano
Born: 2003
At Healing Reins Since: 2020
Owned by: Adam and Dani Nichols

Sponsored by: Gail Hongladarom and Nuan Crowder.

Bodie is a gentle, kind gelding who wants to please people and craves affection. His smooth transitions make him a natural fit for riders working toward independence, while his sweet nature makes him a favorite for beginners. Before coming to Healing Reins, he competed in dressage shows and enjoyed trail rides.

Dakota - Kentucky Mountain Horse

About Dakota

Dakota

Breed: Tennessee Walker
Color: Bay
Born: 2000
At Healing Reins Since: 2020
Owned by: Adam and Dani Nichols

Sponsored by: Brad and Lisa Bailey

Dakota is one of the biggest horses in the herd, but don’t let his size fool you - he’s a teddy bear. He has smooth gaits and a “workhorse” personality that never quits, perfect for our participants who need a little extra courage from their equine partner. He has experience as a trail horse and packhorse, and absolutely loves people.

About Echo

Echo

Breed: Haflinger
Color: Chestnut
Born: 1998
At Healing Reins Since: 2018
Owned by: Leah Bishop

Sponsored by:  Claudia Barnes

Echo is a sensitive mare with high emotionality and a big heart. She is a fast mover with quick gaits and is very responsive to her riders’ cues and feelings. Echo likes to work hard, loves a challenge, and enjoys learning new things. Echo’s small, sturdy stature makes her a nice choice for many of our independent young adults.

Elvis - Hackney Welsh Therapy Horse

About Elvis

Elvis

Breed: Hackney Welsh Cross
Color: Smokey Buckskin
Born: 1999
At Healing Reins Since: 2018
Owned by: Healing Reins Therapeutic Riding Center

Elvis is currently in need of an annual sponsor!

Elvis is aptly named - he is the king! He’s a cautious little guy, and sometimes his shyness can be mistaken for rudeness. Actually, because of his retiring personality, he is a wonderful horse for EAMH clients who might also struggle with confidence or courage. We can learn so much from horses and Elvis is a small but mighty teacher!

Faith - Norwegian Fjord Therapy Horse

About Faith

Faith

Breed: Norwegian Fjord
Color: Dun
Born: 1995
At Healing Reins Since: 2011
Owned by: Healing Reins Therapeutic Riding Center

Sponsored By: Bigfoot Beverages

Faith lives up to her name - she is faithful and steady, the perfect partner for building confidence. She loves her job at Healing Reins and takes great care of her participants. With her eager trot and willing demeanor, Faith is an invaluable member of the herd for riders who are learning about walk/trot transitions and posting diagonals.

fancie - quarter horse therapy

About Fancie

Fancie

Breed: Quarter Horse
Color: Chestnut
Born: 2016
At Healing Reins Since: 2019
Owned by: Healing Reins Therapeutic Riding Center

Fancie is currently in need of an annual sponsor!

Fancie loves people! The youngest member of our herd, she is intelligent, curious and always up for a game. She is unflappable and especially enjoys taking care of little kids in hippotherapy and horsemanship classes. Thanks to her western background and breeding, she has smooth gaits and an easy-going approach to life.

Hammer - draft cross therapy horse

About Hammer

Hammer

Breed: Mustang Draft Cross
Color: Bay
Born: 2002
At Healing Reins Since: 2018
Owned by: Elese Viloria

Hammer is currently in need of an annual sponsor!

Hammer is large-framed and strong-willed- a perfect match for riders who need a big, confident partner. Because of his background in show-jumping, Hammer is fearless and unflappable. His confidence means he enjoys taking care of fearful or uncertain participants, and challenging riders who may need a little extra oomph.

About Ike

Ike

Breed: Paint
Color: Bay Tobiano
Born: 2003
At Healing Reins Since: 2019
Owned by: David and Shery Mays

Sponsored By: Dawn Cofer

Ike is a big guy who looks to his participant for leadership, making him a great horse to learn from. He is steady and quiet and truly wants a partnership with his human team, making him invaluable as a teacher. Before coming to Healing Reins, Ike was a trail horse and, with his big trot and equally big heart, we love having him!

About Jingo

Jingo

Breed: Quarter Horse
Color: Smokey Buckskin
Born: 1999
At Healing Reins Since: 2016
Owned by: Kaitlin Campbell

Jingo is currently in need of an annual sponsor!

Jingo is happy to work with anyone and is amiable and good-natured in any job. From his background as an OHSET horse, he is well-trained and fearless, and he brings a gravitas and stability to any situation. His easy-going gait and kind personality makes him perfect for riders who need practice feeling comfortable on larger horses.

Kitty - Paint Therapeutic Horse

About Kitty

Kitty

Breed: Paint
Color: Chestnut Overo
Born: 1998
At Healing Reins Since: 2018
Owned by: Jim & Becky Rozewski

Kitty is currently in need of an annual sponsor!

Kitty has a big personality and a stellar work ethic, with easy-going gaits and a knack for sassy honesty.  With a background as a trail horse, she is brave and strong-willed, bringing that whole-heartedness to her work. She makes her riders work for their independence but rewards them with a wonderful ride once they’ve earned her trust.

Laci - Clydesdale therapy horse

About Laci

Laci

Breed: Clydesdale
Color: Black
Born: 2004
At Healing Reins Since: 2020
Owned by: Connie Hegele of Lone Pine Clydesdales

Sponsored by:

Laci is a sweet, gentle, curious mare who enjoys spending time with people. Her big, floaty gaits make her a wonderfully smooth ride. Before coming here Laci was both an exceptional carriage horse and a loving broodmare. It’s thanks to these experiences that Laci is able to use her quiet confidence to partner with our participants.

Maleah - Quarter Horse

About Maleah

Maleah

Breed: Quarter Horse
Color: Buckskin
Born: 2001
At Healing Reins Since: 2012
Owned by: Dorothy Forsyth

Sponsored By: Jim and Pam Steinke

Maleah’s favorite thing about life is her work: she does it with all of her heart. She can be choosy with her affection but she loves to please and partner with people. Maleah has smooth, steady transitions and long consistent movement, which make her a natural choice for riders who are learning to move from one gait to the next.

QD - therapy horse

About QD

QD

Breed: Paint
Color: Chestnut
Born: 2000
At Healing Reins Since: 2018
Owned by: Jeff and Dawn Curl

QD is currently in need of an annual sponsor!

QD has tons of experience as an OHSET horse, and she brings her intelligence and self-assurance to her work at Healing Reins. Because of her mellow, unflappable nature and propulsive movement, she’s popular in hippotherapy sessions as well as with anyone who is in need of a supportive and affirming equine partner.

Raz - Kentucky Mountain Therapy Horse

About Raz

Raz

Breed: Kentucky Mountain Horse
Color: Gray
Born: 1999
At Healing Reins Since: 2017
Owned by: Dean and Kate Bolinger

Sponsored By: Brian and Linda Opdycke

Raz is a goofy, relaxed guy with a quirky personality and a loyal heart. He’s gaited, so his jog is a great option for riders who need a smooth ride or struggle with the bigger movement of some of our other horses. He is also a great option for those want to try a canter for the first time. He’s honest, affectionate, and loves people!

Smokey - Therapy Paint Horse

About Smokey

Smokey

Breed: Paint
Color: Black Tobiano
Born: 1997
At Healing Reins Since: 2016
Owned by: Tom Lasswell

Sponsored By: Lou and Betty Capozzi

Smokey is strong, steady and a natural fit for our services. He has a great work ethic, takes wonderful care of his riders and helps the participants who work with him to gain confidence. Smokey’s former job as a trail horse has given him great stamina and surety, and he loves teaching participants to trust him and trust themselves.

About Tino

Tino

Breed: Morgan
Color: Bay
Born: 2003
At Healing Reins Since: 2019
Owned by: Lynae Ireland

Sponsored By: Ed and Beth Irish

Tino is a firecracker of a horse who is an indispensable member of the herd. With his powerful movement and small stature, he’s a natural fit for hippotherapy clients, while his vivacity makes him popular with teenage participants, who sense in him a kindred spirit. He enjoys teaching his participants, and does so with enthusiasm.

About Toby

Toby

Breed: Quarter Horse
Color: Dun
Born: 1994
At Healing Reins Since: 2007
Owned by: Christina Bates

Toby is currently in need of an annual sponsor!

Toby is one of the longest-standing members of the Healing Herd, and is exactly what every young rider needs: a generous, watchful and kind mentor horse. With more than a decade of experience as a therapy horse, he excels in all of our services. Toby’s slow-moving, easy-going spirit makes him a barn favorite and he loves affection.

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