AHEAD With Horses
Los Angeles Center for Developmental Therapeutic Vaulting
Splendido, aka Splendi, is a German Warmblood who was born in Germany on 4/23/2003, so he was 20 when he came to us in November 2023. He is about 16.1 hands and chestnut in color with a big white blaze on his face. Splendi used to be a show jumper in his previous life. Splendi loves attention, and loves food! If you have something yummy in your hand, watch out or he might try and steal it.
Stitch is an older gelding, his estimated age was around 27 or 28 when he came to us in September 2023. He is grade, which is the term they use for horses for a mutt. In his previous life he worked as a trail horse, a lesson horse, and for the past few years prior to us, he belonged to one person who gave him lots of love and attention. In his older age, he had trouble going on the trails around Griffith Park with all of the hills, and so he came to us. Stitch is a “been there, done that” kind of guy that doesn’t let many things bother him. He is a dark bay, which means he has a brown body with a black mane and tail.
Maverick joined our herd in April 2023. He is a Connemara pony / Fjord cross that has a birthday of 3/29/05. He is a true dunn with a dorsal stripe that goes all the way down his back. Maverick used to be a 3-day eventer horse, which means he did dressage, jumping, and cross country. His show name was “Top Gun”. He belonged to a family who had him for about 10 years, and the daughter who rode him shared his birthday. As she was preparing to go off to college, they wanted to make sure Maverick would have something to keep him busy and they knew we would give him as much love and attention as they did.
Jackpot, who joined our herd in March 2023, is a “grade” horse, meaning he is like a “mutt” in the dog world. We do not know his exact age, but we are guessing around 23. He is around 15 hands.
Jackpot worked in a lesson program for about 10 years, and was supposedly used on movie sets before that. He got his name because when his previous owner got him, she knew she hit the Jackpot. He has always taken very good care of his riders.
Mare joined us in May 2022. She is a quarter horse whose birthday is 3/8/97. She likes to work and be around her horsey friends. (She does not like when everyone else goes out and she gets left behind.) She is a mommy who had 2 babies when she was younger. She is about 15 hands tall.
Cassini arrived at our barn in 2015. He is an Oldenburg Hanoverian, born in Germany–with a passport to prove it! Cassini is a 16.2 hands bay horse, with a brown body, a black mane and tail, 4 white socks on his feet, and a white blaze on his nose. He loves to stick out his tongue and make funny faces. He also likes to nibble on his lead line or any rope that is nearby. He is very sociable and loves attention!
Justin, a Pony of America (P.O.A.), started with us in 2004 when he was only 10 years old, making him our most experienced horse. He is what we call sorrel: reddish brown in color with a flaxen (blonde) mane and tail, and has a white star on his forehead. While Justin is typically well-behaved, he also likes to play with the new volunteers and enjoys his time in the sun between lessons. Justin can be a picky eater, unless you try and give it to someone else first…then he definitely wants it!
Minty is a Halflinger pony around 30 years old that is owned by her owner Happy. Minty lives in Sullivan Canyon and generously donates her time to work with AWH at our mobile program site. Minty is a palomino that is known for her Barbie good looks with her gorgeously thick and long blonde mane and tail. Minty is very calm and loves when people bring her treats, however she is on a special diet and can only have lettuce, celery (which she doesn’t like) and peanuts.
Ride. Smile. Grow.
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