Bailey (RIP Bailey - July 3, 2020)
Hello, my name is Bailey. I am a QH/Clyde Morgan. I came live at PRANCE in 1999, and learned to be a therapy horse. A true lady never tells her age but I will let you in on the secret - I am about 26 years old. I am used for riders who need the Wispa lift to mount me from their wheel chair. I am the "go to" horse for new riders, nervous riders and new volunteers, I've done it all. I love to have the wind in my mane, even in the winter. This is the best place to be. I even have a nice house to live in. Come see my place some time. It's really something and I love it!
Hi, I'm Buck, and I'm an Appaloosa! I love my girlfriends Diva and Dee, the Carrot lady and all my riders. I came to PRANCE in 2014 and have worked hard to fit in. It's true, I prefer the mares and don't like to share a paddock with the other boys but that's okay, I am a bit of a ladies man! Can you believe, someone even made a miniature version of me so that they could cuddle with me at home? Thanks for making me feel so special despite my funny haircut. I love being here!
Dee (RIP DEE - March 16, 2020)
Hi, my name is Dee. I'm an Appalosa, 20 years old. I had a change of career aspirations so I have found a wonderful new place to work at PRANCE. I love to work you see as I was in the show ring for many years. My professional name is Principle Deesire and I made a real impact in the show circuit for many years but you know, that's hard work. I love working with all the riders and volunteers here and my paddock mates are fun too but really, I excel at being given a job that I can accomplish well and proudly. My human friend Carol takes especially good care of me. We may not earn ribbons in our retirement but we earn smiles and hugs and that's the best!
Hello, I'm a little quarter horse/morgan mare, 18 years old, that came to PRANCE in 2013. I'm the driving horse. Yes, you'll see me gently leading the cart around the property with my special drivers aboard in our driving program. My human friend Elvin tacks me up and gives me the commands I know so well and together we help the drivers learn. Though I do get a little confused as to what to do when I have a saddle on I went back to school with a nice man named Hugh who helped me understand again what I'm supposed to do. I love the riders here and I do worry about them. I just have to stop walking if I know they're upset and rely on my human leader to tell me it's okay. I always want to know it's okay. I am so glad my owner, Liz decided this is where I was going to live.
Hi! My name is Dolly and I am a 15 year-old Haflinger. I am a truly gentle soul who helps people heal and takes good care of my riders. I am very clever and have a little bit of attitude sometimes but I'll be your loyalist friend if you communicate with me and don't try to control me. You can trust me, I am happy to meet you!
Hello, my name is Lexi. I'm a QH/Percheron, 9 years old. I'm so new to this therapeutic riding thing that I'm still trying to figure out what it all means. I arrived in the very early spring of 2017. Oh, did I mention I hate anything with wheels? Makes me really weird to watch them. Well, I am actually getting used to them. Right, yes, I'm to be learning and I am really, I am. There's just so much to do here. So many great people and great riders. See I'm a big girl and everyone thinks I'm so tough but I'm not, I can be a bit of a fraidy cat. I'm getting to explore the barn, all the paddocks, the trails, the fields, wow! This place is awesome. I can't wait to get to work like the rest of my new friends. I am loving it here.
Hello, my name is Sienna. I am a Canadian/Draft horse cross. I am 21 years old and I came to live at PRANCE in 2003. I love my job with the adults and children who ride me in the therapeutic riding program. Kerstin Essmann is my sponsor, and special human friend. She provides me with the love and care I need to stay happy and healthy for the therapeutic programs. I may be a large girl but really I'm a princess and love to have my beautiful mane and tail brushed so it shines in the sun. I love to work hard and want my riders to work hard too so I may push them a little bit. I know a lot, I've done a lot of things in my life. Just ask and you'll see what I can do!
Hello humans. I am Simon. I am a thoroughbred, 18 years old. I am very well educated and have actually been to university if you would like to know. I am a schooling horse that is capable of leaping tall heights with confident riders on my back. I do love the riders here at PRANCE, they are so interesting and I love to help new riders get confident. I have lots of confidence you see. I am very comfortable around large machinery and all the activities of the barn. I've moved to the country here and I'm not so sure about those things called wild turkeys or deer. But I'm smart so I'll figure them out.
Hello, my name is Tippy, and I am a Paint Pony, 21 years old. I came to live at PRANCE and joined the program in 2005. I have learned my new job well, and love to work during the therapy classes. My special volunteer is Margy, I'll do anything for her. I trust just about everyone and I like to go for walks in the bush with my friends, and I also enjoy a good ride in the indoor arena!!!
Hello my name is Woody. I’m a registered Quarter Horse gelding. My registered name is "Starbilts Sexy Sorel”. I have been a part of the PRANCE program since 2002. I’m now 24 years old and still going strong. I enjoy hanging out with my buddy Louise who takes me for rides outside and in the arena. I enjoying working with the program, I can feel the riders smile on my back even though I can’t see their faces. I am quiet and content with my paddock mate McJake and love the fall colours at the farm.
Hi! My name is Kaya and I am a pony. I share a paddock with the biggest horse at the farm, Sienna. She is my protector and pal. My best human friends are Barry Triller and Joan Dankert. They have supported me and made sure I received everything I need to enjoy life at PRANCE. I've just been here since fall 2018 but everyone has made me feel so welcome and I am told, I am quite the cutie!
My name is Charlie Brown and my mom Lauren is letting me spend some time at PRANCE to serve as a therapy horse. While it is all new to me, with my good looks and confidence, I am fitting right in! I may be very handsome but I don't let it go to my head!
My name is Lucy and I am a pretty girl. I've only been here a couple of years but thanks to my "mom" Dianne, I have come a long way in my learning. I love going on trail rides and hanging out with my paddock buddies Lexi and Dolly. One of the youngest in the PRANCE herd, I am looking forward to a long career as a therapeutic riding horse!