At Spirit Reins, we use our therapy horses to help children who have been through trauma recover and gain the skills and experiences they need to lead a healthy and productive life. Your gift allows us to provide the hay, feed, vet services and other care that keeps our four-legged therapy partners healthy. It costs $1,200 per year to take care of a therapy horse.
Read the stories below and choose your favorite therapy horse to care for by clicking the "Yes, I want to sponsor a horse" link below the horses who still need sponsors. Our therapy horses and the chldren and families we serve are so thankful for your support!
Meet the newest addition to the Spirit Reins herd, born on May 23, 2016 to our foster horse, Firefly. When we rescued his mom and sister from a kill pen last fall, we had no idea we would be welcoming a third member of the family so soon. Like so many of the children we serve, Scout and his sister Buttercup unexpectedly lost their mom in August of 2016, only a few months after entering this world. Scout is now under the close supervision of his big sister and the Spirit Reins' staff, who are teaching him the skills he needs to grow big and strong.
Buttercup is one of Spirit Reins' first foster horses. Along with her mom, Firefly, she was rescued from a nearby kill pen when she was only a few months old. Buttercup is one of our clients' favorite horses. She loves to run and play and be cuddled by the kids who come to the ranch. Along with her brother Scout, she tragically lost her mom less than a year after arriving at the ranch.
Joey started life as a wild mustang, roaming free and fending for himself. After being captured, he was rescued and brought home to Spirit Reins. Like many of the children who come to the ranch, Joey didn't trust others and had never been touched by humans. After working with a Spirit Reins client for over a year, he finally let him touch him. Although Joey is still learning to trust other humans, you'll now find Joey running, eating and playing with the rest of the herd. Joey's a perfect example of the mutual benefit Spirit Reins' therapy brings to families and horses.
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Mr. Ben McGee
As one of the only horses born at the ranch Mr. Ben McGee began his work as a therapy horse when he was only a few hours old. While he tries hard to be compliant and gentle, he's been known to have the stubborness and defiance of a typical teenager, making him the perfect horse for our parent trainings.
Before coming to Spirit Reins, Luna lived on a ranch not too far away. One evening, a hungry mountain lion tried to attack Luna and the rest of her herd. To escape, Luna tried to jump out of her stall and sustained a lifelong hip injury. Aside from her hip, Luna is strong and healthy and loves working with clients.
As a PMU foal, Kali never had the experience of her own mother. Despite that, Kali has taken it upon herself to adopt and protect any babies that have come in or been born at Spirit Reins since her arrival. She uses her size and sensitivity to bring up and protect her “Kali babies”. She is very calm with the clients and is occasionally used for Rhythmic Riding.