MEET THE HORSES
Our horses are selected for soundness, temperament, willingness and attitude. Many of our horses are in service to us through a long-term, “in-kind” lease program. We use a respectful approach to working with them, honoring that they, too, are sentient beings, with feelings, emotions and defined social structures learned from and maintained by living freely together in a herd.
Horses and students are matched in terms of personality and ability. Most students choose to keep their same horses throughout their years in the program, however they have the opportunity to trade up periodically if they desire. Students enjoy swapping horses with their friends to get another perspective on relationship building, and the annual Gymkhana is structured so that students have to ride different horses in each event to level the playing field.
All of our horses are gentle, responsive and safe for young people to both ride and work with on the ground. We have a number of Quarter Horses and Mustangs on a regular basis, but have had many different breeds in our herd over the years, all of whom have been wonderful assets to learning.
Welsh Tennessee Walker
TRIBUTES TO THE HERD
“The best herd I have ever been around or had the privilege to work with.
I have been around some great horses, but never such a large group of great horses.”
“Excellent! Your horses are the most wonderful individuals with personality,
patience and generosity as well as individuality.”
“Outstanding. I have seen horses from programs all over the country and these are by far
the best trained and conscious ones I’ve seen.”
S P O N S O R S
Our Horses Love Aunties and Uncles!
Having your very own Horse Warriors™ “Baby” is a feel-good way to help continue the work we do here. Tuition only covers 16% of our operating costs, and excellent stewardship of our horses is a large part of our budget. This is the "Forever Home" for all of our horses, and as they age upward they require additional supplements and care.
When you sponsor a horse we keep you updated on all of his or her needs and activities. You will receive a personalized photo of “your” horse, along with a small circlet of tail strands gathered from routine grooming. You are also welcome to come visit and have some special time at the Diamondfly with “your” horse – grooming, spending time together in the pasture and sharing a carrot or two.
Each month we feature one of our herd members as our “Horse of the Month,” with photos and stories about the horses
and their work here at Horse Warriors™. There are many wonderful tales of their activities and how they help all the many participants in our programs.
Sponsorships are $250 per horse. If you would like to sponsor a horse please fill out the form and either mail us a check, or pay through our PayPal link here. Thank you!
MARCH HORSE OF THE MONTH: GRAINNE
Grainne is an Angel. She is a 22 year old Nokota and she has been with us most of her life. There isn't a horse in the herd who has given more to our programs than Grainne. She has brought her dear, sweet heart into every aspect of what we do, from arenas, to trails, to fundraisers, to the Town Square.
If you ask our students who the very best horse in the herd is, they will tell you it's Grainne. She has brought many of our older riders all the way through the program, from their introduction to horses when they were just 6 years old, to winning Gymkhana events for them in their teens. She is a foundation of Horse Warriors™.
When we got her she had a black mane and tail and black legs. As she's aged she's turned completely white. Her age is catching up with her now, which is why she is hoping for a sponsor to keep her feeling comfortable.
Her metabolism has changed and she needs daily doses of Pergolide for her Cushing's. Her digestive system is tender, so she gets an herbal supplement called Tummeze. She has arthritis in her hocks so she is also on Previcox to make it easier to walk. Her work load is now just being an easel for creative horse painting, and carrying small children in their lessons. She is a wonderful model for mane and tail braiding, she is so kind she helps people get over their fear of horses, and she holds a space for safety among the herd members. She is their Wise Woman out in the pastures.
We hope you will consider sponsoring such a treasure. She has many more years of life with us in her new roles. We just want her to be comfortable every day - thank you!
One of our volunteers and instructors created a video about Horse Warriors™ for a marketing project at college. Check out Crystal Ozga's video and learn more about our amazing herd.