[Our daughter] has always had a very determined and independent spirit. Riding fosters that feeling and is a testament that she is capable of so many wonderful things!
Willy Wonka is a 21 year old American Racking Horse gelding who came to the program in August 2008. He is a handsome Palomino color with a long flaxen mane and tail and has a heart of gold! Willy is a very friendly, curious and trustworthy fellow. He has an irreplaceable temperament which allows us to put just about any rider on his back for him to smoothly and happily carry. He is the size and build we were looking for so we are grateful to have found him. Plus, everyone just loves his name!
Stormy is Quarter Horse gelding in his mid 20s. Stormy was formerly loaned out to us by his previous owners but then was donated to the program in November 2015. Stormy's smaller build makes him a perfect fit for our riders who require a narrower base. Stormy is very patient and responsive to our riders. He quietly stands still as riders play horseketball or reach for stuffed animals on the posts.
Portrait is a 11 year old Standardbred gelding who came to the program in August 2016. Portrait is a former harness race horse who is now onto his second career as a therapy horse. Portrait is a very sociable, playful and willing guy. He's great for our riders who are learning to be more independent. Portrait's thin build makes him a perfect fit for our riders who require a narrower base. We are so grateful to have him apart of our herd and are hopeful he will have a long career as a four-legged therapist with us!
Romeo is a Quarter Horse gelding in his mid 20s who has been part of our SDTR family since April 2015. He was donated by Mollie Esterson from Singletree Stables in Seaford, Delaware. He was a lesson horse for many years. Romeo is gentle, dependable and a very steady guy. He's wonderful at showing beginner riders they way but also for our riders who are just beginning to take the step to ride independently. He also loves to kick up his heels out in the pasture with his best friend, Stormy!
Lee joined the SDTR family in September 2015. Lee is a big, handsome bay gelding. He is a Clydesdale/Hackney cross and is 16.2 hands tall. Lee is our gentle giant! He was formerly used as a carriage horse and was most often the leader in a team of four. Lee definitely turns heads of humans and horses alike! We are anxious to see how Lee adds to our wonderful line up at SDTR!
Ashley is a Standardbred mare in her mid 20s who came to the program December 2017. Ashley was formerly trained to be a harness race horse but never made it to the competitive racetrack, she then became a momma to several babies. Ashley is very sweet, patient and has a laid back temperament. She is a nice size and build for many of our riders due to her being able to carry more weight upon her back. We feel more than lucky to have this special mare apart of our family!
Nayah is a gray mini mare in her mid 20s. She is worth her weight in gold! Nayah is very sweet and quiet and is wonderful with our littlest riders and visitors, as well as individuals who are not yet comfortable around the larger horses. She instills confidence and brings smiles to everyone that she comes in contact with her. Nayah can be ridden and pulls a carriage plus she loves to be groomed and dressed up. She and Angel are best friends who are inseparable!
Angel is a gray mini mare in her early 20s. Angel is beautiful with a flowing mane, forelock and tail. She is always turns head with her stunning good looks. She is extremely sweet and can be ridden and handled by our youngest riders. Angel enjoys being groomed by our riders and is a perfect size for those who are wheel chair users. She builds confidence in those riders who are first timid around the horses. Her size and quiet temperament puts everyone at ease as they get use to being around horses. Angel loves her best friend Nayah and always wants to be by her side!