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.
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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 farthe 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!
AUGUST HORSE OF THE MONTH: SPIRIT
Spirit is a 13.3 hand, 14 year old Pony of the Americas. She came to us when she was 9 after not fitting in at her old home. For us she has been terrific, as she is sensitive, responsive, smooth-gaited, people-oriented and very well trained. She's just a little bossy with the other horses, which is why her previous owner didn't like her. Our herd gives her the space she needs when she's eating, so it works out well. She even has some friends! (They are bossy, too!)
Spirit excels at arena games and trail riding. She is competitive and very brave, but she takes great care of the littlest riders. With experienced riders she loves to show off everything she can do!
Her riders love her and she is adorable at returning that affection. They are sad when they outgrow her, and are always glad to be able to take a short trail ride on her occasionally, even with their feet hanging pretty close to the ground!
Spirit is what we call an "Easy Keeper," which means she has a tendency to gain weight. Because of her pony status and her slow metabolism she has had laminitis in the past. We keep her on a product called "Lamina Mix" that helps reduce inflammation, but it's not cheap. She is one of our horses who requires daily supplements to keep her sound and healthy.
Sponsoring Spirit helps us give her the extra care she needs to thrive. She is one of our younger program horses and we want to make sure we have her for a long time. We sure love her!
To sponsor a horse, please use this button to donate to Horse Warriors™ via PayPal (also accepts all major credit and debit cards)
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.