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Our Herd

Tres

Location: Kathy's Place

Tres is a 23-year-old quarter horse gelding (male) that Kathy has had the privilege of having in her life for over 16 years. He is quite a character and is very playful!  After his career with Kathy in the competitive arena he retired due to some minor arthritis. While he was always loved, cared for and exercised he didn't really have a 'job' for a number of years. He then became one of our star equines when we decided to begin Therapeutic Riding classes in 2018. He still does an occasional riding lesson, but has found a new way to shine in his role as an equine therapist! He seems to know just how to help people navigate their way to a more peaceful, confident way of 'being'.  

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Fun Fact:

A couple of Tres's favorite tricks?  

He loves to 'smile' and 'play soccer'!

Snazee

Location: Kathy's Place

Kathy bought Snazee as an 18 month old, sight-unseen from Texas. Her first trailer experience was being hauled from Texas to Marysville! She is now 17 years old and is an Appendix Quarterhorse. Kathy trained her (with the help of many others) and became her barrel horse when Tres retired. She stopped racing when COVID came around and has now been focused on working with Courageous Connections participants. She is thoughtful and kind in all her interactions with the people. She also has quite an independent attitude that can sometimes try Kathy’s patience but she is truly a blessing to those she picks to work with, and she really does ‘pick’! 
 

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Fun Fact:

Snazee LOVES to run and won a few awards throughout her running career.

Zoe 

Location: Kathy's Place

Zoe is a 23-year-old paint horse mare that has been in Avery's life for two decades. She has always been a relaxed and gentle soul, even when Avery was first learning to ride and through years of competition. Now largely retired, Zoe spends most of her time bossing around the rest of Avery's herd. When she's not keeping other horses in line, she's out on miles of trails or taking care of everyone she comes in contact with as an equine therapist.

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Fun Fact:

With her laid-back attitude, Zoe loves being loved on and showing off her flashy spots at the slowest walk possible!

Scarlett

Location: Alpine Ridge

Scarlett is a 17-year old Quarter horse mare at Alpine Ridge and lives in the same pasture as Mason. She not only works with us, but also gives riding lessons and is very patient and friendly with everyone. Scarlett loves to be groomed and led through our obstacle courses and makes all of our participants feel comfortable and capable when they work with her. We are lucky to be able to have her in our classes.

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Fun Fact:

Scarlett wears boots! She has sensitive front hooves and wears special boots sometimes to protect her feet.

Mason

Location: Alpine Ridge

Mason is a 20-year old Thouroughbred gelding that Lori rescued several years ago. Although we aren’t sure of his story before he came to live at Alpine Ridge, he has a variety of marks on his body that would indicate his life hasn’t been an easy one. He was so uncomfortable being ridden, that Lori decided that she was going to retire him as a riding horse. Mason is incredibly kind and gentle with our participants-possibly because of his own history or just because of his sweet nature. He seems so happy when we bring him out of his pasture to come to in and work with us in the arena.

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Fun Fact:

Mason is a rock star in terms of being calm no matter what is going on in class!

Merrylegs

Location: Alpine Ridge

Merrylegs is a 16-year old mini who lives in a beautiful pasture at Alpine Ridge with her best friend, a full size horse named Molly. Merrylegs is the perfect horse for our participants who are small in stature because they can actually reach her back when they are grooming her! She is so much fun to work with and we especially like taking her off her lead line and asking her to follow her participants through the obstacle course at liberty. 

Merrylegs, a Courageous Connections mini in a meadow of yellow flowers.

Fun Fact:

Merrylegs was a reserve world champion in driving!

 

Ode 

Location: Alpine Ridge

Ode is a 20 year old brown and white mini who came to live at Alpine Ridge in January 2021. We don't know much about Ode's history, but we do know that H.O.M.E. rescued him from what would have been a very unfortunate end to his life. He loves his new home and his friend Delilah. He is currently in training for our classes and we hope that by spring, he will be ready to take into the community for Mini Visits with Seniors.

Fun Fact:

Ode arrived with Delilah and is very bonded to her!  When he gets excited he runs in circles! 

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Delilah

Location: Alpine Ridge

Delilah is a 4 year old mini mare who came to Alpine with Ode in January 2021. She was pregnant when she arrived, but sadly, lost her baby.  Coincidently, Lori heard of a young mini baby who had lost his mama. She brought the two together and Delilah became Malachi's foster mom. She nursed and mothered him until he was old enough to go back to his home, healthy and happy. Delilah is a very friendly and exuberant horse! We will be training both she and Ode during the winter to be ready for classes and visits.

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Fun Fact:

Delilah is very sweet and kind.  She is like a magnet for almost any human that crosses her path.