Do you have a horse that you think would make a good addition to the Healing Reins Herd?
We are always on the lookout for the ideal therapy horse here at Healing Reins. The equine members of our team are hugely important to us and are chosen very carefully. The ideal therapy horse is sound and safe, unflappable, and has a been-there-done-that attitude.
Being a therapy horse at Healing Reins is not an easy job. It is incredibly demanding both physically and emotionally. We take special care to ensure that any horse who joins our team is able to meet the demands of the job. Our herd members have had careers in dressage, high school equestrian team, 4H, trail riding, ranch work, and more. Miles and experience add up to the quiet, assured horses our participants need.
We do not typically buy horses or accept donated horses- when they retire, we want to be able to send horses back to their owner for a nice life of leisure in their golden years.
Each equine considered for our herd must meet the following requirements:
Training and Personality
Be well trained both under saddle and in hand
Have impeccable ground manners
Behaves and handles consistently working with a large number of people
Able to be handled safely and successfully by people with minimal horse experience
Requires minimal maintenance regarding training and schooling
Be comfortable with sudden noises, loud noises, and positional changes
Be free of vices such as biting, kicking, bucking, pulling back, or rearing
Currently being ridden multiple times a week
Worked consistently for a minimum of 60 days prior to inquiry date
Be able to carry heavy, unbalanced, and low muscle tone riders
Able to handle working a minimum of 10 1-hour lessons each week
Health and Wellbeing
Be able to pass a pre-purchase exam that includes a flex test, soundness exam at the walk, trot, and canter, and neurological test.
Have no pre-existing conditions that require extensive maintenance
Does not need extensive care for maintaining weight, health, and fitness
Be up to date on vaccinations, dentals, deworming, and farrier work
Be able to live outside with other horses
Preferably over 10 years old
If you think your horse would enjoy being part of the Healing Herd, fill out the form below.