Healing Horse Stables is blessed to have several amazing horses to work with our clients. Whether being groomed, rode, or just loved on, each one connects in a special way to the rider. If you would like to sponsor part of the upkeep of one of our horses or would like to become a financial supporter of the Healing Horse Stables family, your donations are appreciated! Donate now or click here for more donation options!
Dakota is the star therapy horse of Healing Horse Stables. He’s a 31 year old Morgan gelding, dark bay in winter and a lighter color when his coat gets lightened in the summer sun. With beginning riders, Dakota is so sensitive to the rider’s balance and needs that he’ll move to stay solid underneath them. He is calm and smart, knows his voice commands and radiates warmth to all–people and horses alike. In the winter, his coat is very thick and fuzzy, and he looks even more like what we always call him: a teddy horse. Yes, he is that cuddly
Buster is an American Quarter Horse in his late teens. He’s a curious gelding who does very well with grooming and on lead. He does best with intermediate riders when he’s not on lead, because he likes to be spunky and have fun! He’s also the top horse in his herd, so he gets his food first, but he’s good friends with his pasture-mates.
Dobby is an American Quarter Horse in his late teens. He is a gentle giant who is great for beginner- intermediate riders. He has some spunky left in him and loves to have attention. He is best friends with Buster and is unhappy when he has to leave him some days.
Blackberry is an American Quarter Horse cross Morgan Horse in his late teens. He is best suited for a more advanced rider who builds a trusting relationship with him. However he is a great choice for ground work and loves to play the Parelli games!
Tucker is an American Quarter Horse who is owned by a U of I college student who volunteers with us. He is a great guy and will challenge you. He is slightly stubborn but loves attention and is always ready to have some ride time and carrots afterwards!
Gwynna is a gorgeous 9 year old palomino Morgan mare. She’s young and full of spirit–curious, sweet, and does want to please–on her own terms. She is a forward ride and loves to jump but slows down for the more beginner riders. She had a foal October 4, 2015 and now has been a reliable mount.
Oreo is our riding instructors paint pony. He is an 13year old Black and White Tobiano Painted Haflinger X Appendix Quarter horse mix. He is a great lesson pony who will take care of the itty bitties as well as speed up for the eager students who want to jump. He is loaned to the program during our instructor’s attendance as a Pre-Vet student at the university. He is a great option for any child as he is well versed in western pleasure, English pressure, Hunter/ Jumpers and Parelli Natural Horsemanship.
Manue is a 12 year old Palomino Morgan gelding. He is the father of Gabriel and lifelong pasture mate to Gwynna. Manue was a stallion for such a long time of his life he still believes he is the boss. He may be a training project for private lessons in the future. He has been ridden by our instructor but is very green. He is a very smart and curious boy and begs for attention from everyone.
We sometimes experience visits from our instructors other horses and ponies, Luna, Happy, and Bonnie. We will be excited to introduce them during Lessons and summer camps in the future!
Our friends who have passed on
Gabriel was an amazing baby but due to a very resistant infection and immune difficulties we lost him this year at the young age of 3 years old. He was started undersaddle before his passing and was one of the best and easiest horses. Some of our clients were able to visit and ride him before his passing. He will dearly be missed as he was such a lovable boy.
Flash was a 28year old Impressive bred American Quarter Horse. Flash has been a tried and true lesson horse during his time here. Flash was diagnosed with an incurable squamous small cell carcinoma last year. He lived out his days being loved on and fed treats and continued to teach little ones how to ride. The cancer took over his body early January 2017 leaving the farm with the hard decision for quality of life. He will always be remembered as the sweet boy that he was.
Knight was a Friesian, a sweet gentleman who was slowly putting on much-needed weight. He was patient and careful on lead and with beginner riders. Sometimes on trail rides he decided he had gone far enough away from the barn and as soon as you would agree with him, he would head calmly and happily back to be with his horse friends.