Ridin’ High activities and therapies are centered around interaction with our therapy horses. Therapy horses have to be sound, tolerant, people-oriented, healthy, and quiet. The requirements are stringent and only about 1 in 10 horses qualifies for this important job!
All of the horses at Ridin’ High have been through extensive testing and training to ensure that they will be a great fit for our riders. Upon retirement, they are placed in carefully selected and screened lifetime homes.
In return for their contribution to the lives of our riders, our horses are extremely well-loved and taken care of at a high level. They receive individualized nutrition plans, healthcare/dental, regular vet/farrier work, and even massage therapy! When not in use, they spend their days in pastures with their horse friends. Best of all, they are loved and appreciated by the riders, staff, and volunteers. To sponsor or donate a horse, please contact us.
Meet the Herd
I’m a chestnut Welsh pony…and I’m telling you, don’t believe the myth that ‘chestnut mares’ are too independent! OK, I definitely have a strong personality, but I’ve also been at Ridin’ High as a therapy horse longer than almost anyone else here…which I think proves that I’m an incredibly versatile and useful therapy horse. In fact, at a ‘solid’ (as we girls like to say) 14 hands, I can carry a lot of riders. When I’m not working, you can usually find me hanging out under the huge tree in my pasture.
For 2022, I’ve been sponsored in memory of Gary Mullins (selected by Cam, one of our riders and Gary’s grandson)-THANKS!
Everyone says that my pleasant temperament is perfect for therapy work (I’m humble and unassuming, so I can’t comment on that). However, I do know that I’m being used as a ‘confidence builder’ for many riders and that nothing really fazes me. I don’t trot (I am a walking horse, after all!) but riders like my smooth running walk and splashy colors.
For 2022, I’ve been sponsored by Cindy Brombach–THANKS!
I’m a Percheron draft horse, but please don’t be intimidated by my size. I’m known as the ‘gentle giant’ around here and try hard to live up to that name. Truth be told, I’m a tad bit lazy and actually prefer to use as little energy as possible in lessons. However, the Ridin’ High instructors have recently discovered that I’m pretty good at trotting outside on trails…so I think my secret’s out!
For 2022, I’ve been sponsored by Cathy Scott–THANKS!!
Have you ever heard the saying, “therapy horses are born, not made?” Well, that’s certainly true for me. I’m equally comfortable being used by independent riders as well as for those who need a leader and sidewalkers. I’m technically on a ‘free lease’ to Ridin’ High from my owner, Gail. I’m not sure exactly what that means, but do know that I have a great life at Ridin’ High and am a well-loved favorite.
For 2022, I’ve been sponsored by Petra Ketterl in honor of her granddaughter, Kayla–THANKS!
If you’ve been following therapy programs for a while, you know that my breed (Gypsy Vanners) are very popular as therapy horses due to their quiet temperaments and ‘sturdy’ body type. (I’m pretty sure we’re used because of our good looks, too.) Right now I’m mainly used for independent riders, and the Ridin’ High staff is training me for more advanced work. I’m also pretty great at being painted…the staff says that it’s my ‘superpower.’
For 2022, I’ve been sponsored by Paul and Jeannie Jett–THANKS!
I’m a registered bay Quarter Horse mare and traveled all the way from Nashville to join the Ridin’ High herd. Even though I’m relatively new to the program, people already really seem to appreciate my quiet temperament, previous training, and good looks (if I do say so myself!). Right now I’m technically ‘on trial,’ but the staff is hoping I’ll be able to help with lessons for a wide variety of riders.
For 2022, I’ve been sponsored by Barbara Ashton–THANKS!
I’ve recently joined the program on long-term lease, thanks to the generosity of Kayla (my owner). Even though I’m only 6 years old, I have the perfect therapy horse temperament–at least, that’s what everyone says! I’ve got to say that I’m great at calmly helping beginning riders learn to walk and trot on their own; I can also be used for riders with more physical limitations. Best of all, I’m well-behaved and take everything in stride.
For 2022, I’ve been sponsored by Randy & Lisa Rigg–THANKS!
I’m a relatively new arrival at Ridin’ High. Before coming here, I was used for lessons for children, trail riding, and have even being in a parade or two. I’m on ‘free lease’ from a very busy family, who felt that my skill set and temperament would be great for Ridin’ High riders…and they were right! I’ve made the transition to being a therapy horse and am now used for several lessons each week.
For 2022 I’ve been sponsored by George & Anita Valentine in honor of their grandson, Harlan Ray Valentine–THANKS!
I have a background as a competitive show horse in the Quarter Horse world, but am now working hard at figuring out how to be a therapy horse! Everyone likes my calm manner and good looks.
For 2022, I’ve been partially sponsored by Patricia Lane–THANKS!
OK, so I’m sort of small at only 11 hands tall (that’s 44″ in non-horse speak) but have a personality that’s bigger than the entire outdoors! I’m also fairly new at Ridin’ High, but have been busy helping out in the Pony Partners Program as well as in lessons for the smaller riders. I’m excited about working with the little people who come to Ridin’ High, because after all–they have big personalities, too!
For a portion of 2022, I’ve been sponsored by Mollie! Thank you! (Note: For the remainder of the years, I could use another partial-year sponsorship of $200 or $400.)
Help Our Horses
To sponsor (or partially sponsor) one of our horses, contact our office by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (423-585-0331). Horse sponsorships are $800/year, which includes hay, grain, hoof trimming, routine vet work, and care. Partial sponsorships (for $200, $400, $600) are also available. We also accept donations of hay, grain, and horse care items. We are looking for horse sponsors! Horses can be sponsored by individuals, businesses, clubs, or organizations. They can also be sponsored anonymously in ‘honor’ or memory of a loved one.
We have also established a ‘veterinarian / medication / supplemental feed’ fund to pay for non-routine costs, such as special medications and treatments to help maintain our horses’ soundness and comfort. For example, some of our horses required special medications, feed, shoeing, and supplements. If you’re interested in donating to this fund, indicate it on your check…for online donations, indicate this fund in your comments. Thanks!
Our horses are extremely important to us and we follow horse industry (and PATH) standards in providing their care. We have earned the “Guardian” status by Equus Foundation, which indicates we follow best practices in caring for our horses. Only six centers in the southeast have achieved this distinction. Consider joining us to help us continue to provide excellent care for our horses!