AHEAD With Horses
Los Angeles Center for Developmental Therapeutic Vaulting
Hendrix is the newest addition to the AWH herd of therapy horses. He is a 13 year-old Clydesdale-Thoroughbred cross who stands 16.3 hands tall. He loves people, treats, and will do tricks ( so far he knows how to smile and to bow). Make sure to say hi the next time you are at the barn.
Moira, a stunning all white Irish Draught (pronounced draft) comes to us all the way from Ireland! Well, she made a pit stop first with a young lady who owned her for many years and so generously donated her to us once she left for college. She is 16 hands making her a great match for some of our bigger kids and for our students that need to ride with an Instructor. Moira loves everyone, especially little children and babies. She’s also quite fond of candy canes. She got her second name from the SUNAIR Children’s Foundation who has been sponsoring her. As of April 2022 Moira is now retired from lessons.
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!
You might say Berit is the most unique looking horse in our barn. That’s because she’s a Norwegian Fjord, one of the oldest breeds of horses: tan with a main and tail that is both black and white. Berit was a brood mare (she had babies), and also worked as a therapy horse at another facility besides being someone’s trail horse and companion. We’re so glad she found her way to AWH and fit right in! A true social butterfly, Berit loves to say hi to people when they walk past and is always looking to meet new volunteers.
Justin, a Pony of America (P.O.A.), started with us 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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