Our Miracle Workers: Meet the HALTER Horses
Our horses give temporary legs to children with mobility challenges. They help strengthen muscles weakened by cerebral palsy. They teach children how to control their behaviors. And our horses create laughter and joy!
Being a therapy horse is an incredibly special job, requiring patience, tolerance, good health, and wonderful manners. This is not a job for just any horse. Our horses (and ponies), are all geldings (neutered males) and most have had careers prior to joining our herd. Some have carried their riders along the trails, others have won blue ribbons in the show ring, and some of our newer horses were racing harness horses. Our horses go through a rigorous evaluation period prior to being accepted. Many of our horses are on long -term free leases to HALTER but will retire back with their owners, and HALTER owns a few horses.
Our horses require daily feeding, care of their feet every six weeks, and routine health care, including shots, twice each year. Routine expenses for the herd are usually about $25,000 per year. Contact Nancy Paschall if you are interested in sponsoring a therapy horse!
I am a 10 year old Palomino Paint gelding. I am learning quickly and have really excelled in my first experiences in class. I love being loved on by the kids and am excited to continue growing in my role as a HALTER horse!
I am a 16 year old Pony who loves eating and sneaking out of any open gate, so watch out! I lived at Stono Ferry Farm on John's Island where I was a lesson pony. As you can see, I was born to teach! Best thing about HALTER is not only the riders, but also my good friend Bobby!
I’m a Halfinger horse. Like my buddy Rascal, I’m 15, but I’m the only draft horse here at HALTER. I get to work with the riders who need a solid foundation and a very stable level of support. I am super strong – I can easily carry twice as much weight as Rascal – and I’m best known for my beautiful mane and tail.
I am a Kentucky Mountain horse (gaited). I'm 9 years old. My owner lives in Virginia and bought me specifically to be a therapy horse. I worked in another program since I was five, and I'm really glad to be back working with kids and making them smile!
I am a very handsome Quarter Horse gelding who lives up to his name. I have a beautiful “red” coat, mane and tail. I have a very calm and quiet personality and one of the smoothest trots in the herd! I excel in class with a wide variety of riders and am a very steady mount for riders moving up from a pony to a larger horse. I will be moving to Columbia, SC soon!
I am a 16 year old Tennessee Walking Horse that is an experienced pro! I came from an awesome program in Virginia and HALTER’s riders have loved my big moving walk and my very special, smooth gait. I am very friendly and love to cuddle with the handlers while I am getting ready for class.
I may only be 13 hands tall, but I run this herd and make sure everyone is in their place. I’m everyone’s favorite “skunky pony” and I have a talent for doing tricks! Many smaller riders learn to trot thanks to my help, including those working towards independent riding. When I need to be, I am just the right challenge!
I am a big, tall Quarter Horse gelding who loves napping in the sun and hanging out with my best friend, Buck. Even though I am tall, I am so sweet and gentle that I can connect with even the smallest rider. I am one of the newest horses in the program and I am really learning to love my job and make friends in my herd!
My full name is actually Matthew, but I go by Mattie. I’m 23 and I came to HALTER from Columbia, S.C. My specialty is being a calm, gentle partner for my riders. I make deep connections with my riders and I love to bring them joy, whether that’s through laps around the arena or some bonding time on the ground.
My friends call me Racer. I am a retired Standardbred race horse.
I’ve ran over 250 races in my lifetime. I am from Johnsonville, SC where I used to live with my owner Erika Pardee- Murry. My favorite things are carrots and rolling in the dirt.