Each Bright Horizons horse has been carefully evaluated prior to being selected to join our program. In 2011 our herd increased to 6 horses (plus one in-training) and we expect to have 7 horses in 2012.
What Makes a Good Therapy Horse
A combination of horse expertise, familiarity with the unique demands of the equine therapy environment, and the standards set forth by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.) help determine which horses will make for good therapy horses. Bright Horizons also evaluates the individual gait, physique and size of each potential program horse so as to be able to provide a variety of riders with a variety of different riding experiences.
If you're Interested in Donating a Horse
Bright Horizons is always interested in identifying great horses that might be a great fit for our program. To learn more about our current, and anticipated needs, please contact us.
Sweetie is a 9 year old Red Dun Quarter Horse mare that came to BHTRC in October of 2009. She is a very patient horse during mounting in the ramp. She enjoys working with people and has a very strong work ethic. Sweetie has a very interesting background which includes time spent as a pack horse in the mountains and experience as a rodeo court horse. She has also had a foal (baby horse). Sweetie enjoys playing outside and eating carrots. Sweetie is owned by Bright Horizons.
Elska is a 19 year Dun Norwegian Fjord mare that came to BHTRC in May of 2010. She and her best friend Juli are the two newest additions to the herd. Elska was a previous EAAT horse on the east coast before becoming a carriage driving horse. She has traveled with her driving partner Julie all over the Pacific Northwest competing at combined driving competitions. Elska big heart and sweet temperament! We are so excited to have this special mare in the program. Elska is owned by Bright Horizons.
Juli is a 12 year old Dun Norwegian Fjord mare that came to BHTRC in May 2010. She and her best friend Elska came to BHTRC from Eastern Oregon. Juli has a teddy bear personality and is very attentive to riders. Juli enjoy spending time with her best friend Elska in the pasture! We are looking forward to using her special skills in the program.
13 yr old Red Roan Appaloosa Gelding. Louie is a real people's horse and loves the attention his riders give him. Louie is leased to BHTRC by Donica Doty.
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24 yr Old Bay AQHA Gelding – 15.2 hands. Walt has done it all – 4-H, showing, gaming and is a great addition to our herd. Walt is leased to BHTRC by Rachel Morgan. View larger photo.
23 yr old Chestnut AQHA Mare – 14.2 hands. Tucker is a very sweet girl and favorite with our riders. Tucker is leased to BHTRC by Rachel Morgan.
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5 yr old Gypsy Cob/Halflinger cross. Wynn is a "Therapy Horse in Training" with great aspirations to be an all around.