Meet Our Horses

The therapy horse is truly the provider, the caregiver, the friend, the confidant, the magic, the joy, the love. Horses do not laugh when told secrets. They do not shun those who are a little different. With their therapy horse, participants experience true nonjudgmental love and friendship. For many riders this experience is the first such experience of their lives. Many pieces are so critical to a therapeutic riding program, but none more important than having quality therapy horses. Without these wonderful horses, there would be no Equest Center!

Barnaby

Birth Year: 2000
Year Acquired by Equest: 2022
Breed: Belgian
Gender: Gelding
Height: 16.3 hands
Weight: 1600 pounds
Color: Palomino
Markings: Blaze
Donated By: Bridgette Koll

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Benny

Birth Year: 2016
Year Acquired by Equest: 2018
Breed: Miniature Horse
Gender: Gelding
Height: 30 inches
Weight: 250 pounds
Color: Sorrel Pinto
Markings: 3 stockings, sock
Donated By: The Rosloniec Family

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Bubba

Registered Name: RU Ready to Rumble
Birth Year: 2003
Year Acquired by Equest: 2022
Breed: Paint
Gender: Gelding
Height: 15.3 hands
Weight: 1200 pounds
Color: Bay
Markings: Bald face, left and right hind fetlock
Donated By: Megan Krausman & Phil Adams

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Buck

Birth Year: 1997
Year Acquired by Equest: 2017
Breed: Tennessee Walking Horse
Gender: Gelding
Height: 15 hands
Weight: 1000 pounds
Color: Sorrel
Markings: Star, sock
Donated By: Jean Thomsen

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2022 Sponsor: Troy & Allison Wiers

Buddy

Birth Year: 2001
Year Acquired by Equest: 2021
Breed: Tennessee Walking Horse
Gender: Gelding
Height: 15 hands
Weight: 1000 lbs
Color: Black
Markings: None
Donated By: Jennie Huff

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2022 Sponsor: Kevin & Ann Kuske

Champ

Registered Name: Sparky’s Champ
Birth Year: 1999
Year Acquired by Equest: 2018
Breed: Spotted Saddle Horse
Gender: Gelding
Height: 15 hands
Weight: 1000 pounds
Color: Sorrel Pinto
Markings: Blaze, 4 stockings
Donated By: Kathy Dunn

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Cherokee

Birth Year: 2004
Year Acquired by Equest: 2019
Breed: Belgian/Paint Cross
Gender: Mare
Height: 15.2 hands
Weight: 1200 pounds
Color: Sorrel Pinto
Markings: Blaze
Donated By: Becky Belliel

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Cisco

Birth Year: 1989
Year Acquired by Equest: 2010
Breed: Morab
Gender: Gelding
Height: 15 hands
Weight: 1000 pounds
Color: Bay
Markings: Star, stripe, snip, 3 socks
Donated By: Shar and Paul Schroyer

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Clea

Birth Year: 2009
Year Acquired by Equest: 2018
Breed: Shetland/Miniature Cross
Gender: Mare
Height: 11 hands
Weight: 350 pounds
Color: Liver Chestnut Pinto
Markings: None
Donated By: Patrick Mullally

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Dakota

Birth Year: 1987
Year Acquired by Equest: 2005
Breed: Arabian/Quarter Horse Cross
Gender: Mare
Height: 14.2 hands
Weight: 900 pounds
Color: Bay
Markings: Star, stripe, snip, and 2 half pasterns
Donated By: Kristi Bulger

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2022 Sponsor: Chad & Amanda Hoop

Darvey

Registered Name: Cinch Dun Run
Birth Year: 2004
Year Acquired by Equest: 2018
Breed: Quarter Horse
Gender: Gelding
Height: 14.3 hands
Weight: 950 pounds
Color: Dun
Markings: None
Donated By: Lou McDonald

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Elsa

Registered Name: Elsa Mam
Birth Year: 1993
Year Acquired by Equest: 2021
Breed: Haflinger
Gender: Mare
Height: 12.2 hands
Weight: 750 pounds
Color: Chestnut
Markings: Blaze, 2 socks, 2 pasterns
Donated By: Tom Hoebeke

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Flicka

Registered Name: Ivy Stone Micah Marie
Birth Year: 2007
Year Acquired by Equest: 2017
Breed: Miniature Horse
Gender: Mare
Height: 30 inches
Weight: 250 pounds
Color: Bay
Markings: None
Donated By: Sophie Ernsberger and Molly Spica

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2022 Sponsor: David & Jody DeGraw

Flower

Birth Year: 2006
Year Acquired by Equest: 2021
Breed: Grade Pony
Gender: Mare
Height: 12.3 hands
Weight: 750 pounds
Color: Liver Chestnut
Markings: Blaze
Donated By: Tricia Burkley

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Java

Birth Year: 2010
Year Acquired by Equest: 2022
Breed: Standardbred
Gender: Mare
Height: 15 hands
Weight: 1000 pounds
Color: Bay
Markings: None
Donated By: Friends of Equest

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Jinx

Registered Name: Jinx
Birth Year: 2009
Year Acquired by Equest: 2021
Breed: Paint
Gender: Mare
Height: 15 hands
Weight: 1000 pounds
Color: Dark Bay
Markings: 2 socks, 1 high sock, blaze
Donated By: Kevan Esterly and Cala Bradfield

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Joey

Birth Year: 2001
Year Acquired by Equest: 2015
Breed: Grade Pinto
Gender: Gelding
Height: 14 hands
Weight: 800 pounds
Color: Sorrel Pinto
Markings: Bald face, under lip, 2 belly spots, 2 socks, stocking
Donated By: Terri McCarthy

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Lady

Birth Year: 1999
Year Acquired by Equest: 2017
Breed: Appaloosa
Gender: Mare
Height: 16 hands
Weight: 1000 lbs
Color: Red Roan
Markings: None
Donated By: Lori Kaptein

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Legend

Birth Year: 1996
Year Acquired by Equest: 2019
Breed: Grade Pony
Gender: Gelding
Height: 12 hands
Weight: 600 pounds
Color: Bay Pinto
Markings: Stripe, snip
Donated By: Payton Holtz

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Magic

Registered Name: Gentry’s Magical MD
Birth Year: 1999
Year Acquired by Equest: 2006
Breed: Miniature Horse
Gender: Mare
Height: 34 inches
Weight: 300 pounds
Color: Sorrel Pinto
Markings: Medicine Hat, blue eyes
Donated By: Michael Passero and Lindsey Davidson

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Makayla

Registered Name: Sugar Pants Makayla
Birth Year: 1998
Year Acquired by Equest: 2003
Breed: Miniature Horse
Gender: Mare
Height: 35 inches
Weight: 300 pounds
Color: Chocolate Dun
Markings: None
Donated By: Colleen Haisma

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Millie

Birth Year: 2015
Year Acquired by Equest: 2021
Breed: Percheron/Morgan Cross
Gender: Mare
Height: 16.2 hands
Weight: 1250 pounds
Color: Chestnut
Markings: None
Donated By: Friends of Equest

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Ollie

Birth Year: 1998
Year Acquired by Equest: 2021
Breed: Morgan
Gender: Gelding
Height: 15 hands
Weight: 1000 pounds
Color: Chestnut
Markings: Star
Owned By: Angelica Sawyer

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Patty

Birth Year: 1989
Year Acquired by Equest: 2014
Breed: Haflinger
Gender: Mare
Height: 13 hands
Weight: 900 pounds
Color: Pal0mino
Markings: Blaze
Donated By: Aimee Risner

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2022 Sponsor: Michael Cardenas

Peppy

Registered Name: Glacier Petite
Birth Year: 1996
Year Acquired by Equest: 2021
Breed: Paint
Gender: Mare
Height: 14 hands
Weight: 1000 pounds
Color: Bay/Over0
Markings: Bald face, 4 high socks
Donated By: Keith Stutzman

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2022 Sponsor: Patrick & Allyson Dean

Razz

Registered Name: Rasputin
Birth Year: 2003
Year Acquired by Equest: 2016
Breed: Hanoverian
Gender: Gelding
Height: 16.3 hands
Weight: 1200 pounds
Color: Bay
Markings: Star, pastern, 2 socks
Donated By: Olivia Lorence

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Sandee

Birth Year: 1999
Year Acquired by Equest: 2011
Breed: Quarter Horse/Appaloosa Cross
Gender: Mare
Height: 14.3 hands
Weight: 1000 pounds
Color: Buckskin
Markings: Star, stripe, snip, half pastern
Donated By: Cindy Meyer

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Scooter

Birth Year: 1999
Year Acquired by Equest: 2018
Breed: Quarter Horse
Gender: Gelding
Height: 14.3 hands
Weight: 900 pounds
Color: Sorrel
Markings: Star, stripe, snip
Donated By: Nichol Handwerk

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Shorty

Birth Year: 1997
Year Acquired by Equest: 2022
Breed: Quarter Horse
Gender: Gelding
Height: 14.2 hands
Weight: 1000 lbs
Color: Chestnut
Markings: Blaze, 4 white socks to knees
Donated By: Lorene Puthoff

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2023 Sponsor: Rinck Heule

Silver

Birth Year: 2019
Year Acquired by Equest: 2022
Breed: Miniature Horse
Gender: Gelding
Height: 34 inches
Weight: 350 lbs
Color: Grey Pinto
Markings: Snip
Donated By: The Tubergen Family

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2022 Sponsor: Kirk & Katie Johnson

Sodapop

Birth Year: 2009
Year Acquired by Equest: 2021
Breed: Paint/Draft Cross
Gender: Gelding
Height: 15.3 hands
Weight: 1200 lbs
Color: Chestnut
Markings: Blaze
Donated By: Melissa Freedman

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Stormy

Registered Name: Stormy
Birth Year: 2000
Year Acquired by Equest: 2021
Breed: Quarter Horse
Gender: Mare
Height: 15 hands
Weight: 1000 pounds
Color: Bay
Markings: Bald face
Donated By: Kevan Esterly and Cala Bradfield

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Tucker

Birth Year: 2009
Year Acquired by Equest: 2018
Breed: Belgian/Haflinger Cross
Gender: Gelding
Height: 14.2 hands
Weight: 1000 pounds
Color: Chestnut
Markings: Blaze, 2 socks
Owned By: Angelica Sawyer

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Yogi

Registered Name: Smokey Buras
Birth Year: 2001
Year Acquired by Equest: 2020
Breed: Thoroughbred
Gender: Gelding
Height: 16 hands
Weight: 1000 pounds
Color: Bay
Markings: Star, sock
Donated By: Olga Patrick

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