Meet the Herd 2017-03-09T14:05:26+00:00

Our Herd

Horses are, clearly, the foundation and heart of our services. At CTRC, children and adults continually reach beyond the constraints of their special needs because of the intervention of our remarkable horses. Not only do they provide the therapeutic movement that is critical to our riders’ clinical progress, they provide the unconditional acceptance and bond with our riders that often becomes the motivating catalyst for every area of our riders’ lives.

Prior to joining CTRC’s team, our horses have often had careers as school horses, trail horses, hunters, jumpers, polo, driving, show or pleasure horses but only the most levelheaded horses are suitable for the special demands of working at a therapeutic riding center. CTRC’s “equine therapists” are very carefully selected, evaluated, and trained to become members of a therapeutic team. We have horses of varying sizes, gaits, and temperaments in order to accommodate a wide spectrum of needs.

CTRC maintains a herd of 25+ magnificent “equine therapists”. Both the tangible and intangible gifts our horses give are innumerable and priceless. Each member of our herd is a treasure in a way that is unique to them; each, absolutely, has their own tale to tell. Our horses’ willingness and unlimited hearts have captured the hearts of all of us who know them.

Undeniably, our magnificent horses take very good care of our riders. We in turn, take very good care of our horses. Each horse is treated like family because they are part of the CTRC family.

Our horse management program emphasizes optimal nutrition and an exercise and preventative care regime to maximize health, soundness, productivity, and well-being. Horses are kept on a regular vaccination, de-worming and farrier schedule and we individually evaluate and address nutritional needs. Daily, we turn horses out on 30 irrigated acres of pasture and return them to an individual sheltered run with an automatic waterer. Weekly a “Barn Buddy” volunteer gives their assigned horse special care and extra TLC. Additionally, our horses receive equine massage, chiropractic care and exceptional veterinary care.

MEET THE EXCEPTIONAL HORSES PROVIDING PREMIER EQUINE ASSISTED SERVICES AND THERAPIES AT CTRC

Beasty

BEASTY

Breed: Quarter Horse
Color: Dun
DOB: 3/1/98
Sex: Gelding
Size: 15.2 hands
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Beasty, aka “Imanimpressive Beast”, is a calm sweet boy who came to CTRC from Tennessee. He has worked with 4-H’ers, on a ranch, and as a reining horse. We can’t wait to see all he can teach us at CTRC.

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Beau

BEAU

Breed: Oldenburg
Color: Chestnut
DOB: 1/1/98
Sex: Gelding
Size: 16.1 hands
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Large and lovable, Beau is a friendly horse that aims to please. Prior to coming to CTRC he was a 3rd level dressage horse & competed in jumping. He loves his job but enjoys his downtime & socializing with the herd.

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Buster

BUSTER

Breed: Thoroughbred/Paint
Color: Black
DOB: 5/27/95
Sex: Gelding
Size: 16.2 hands
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Buster is friendly and curious guy who absolutely loves people. He has been trained and shown in dressage and hasn’t lost his love for performing! Buster enjoys working and tries his hardest to please his riders and leaders.

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Carmella

CARMELLA

Breed: Miniature Horse
Color: Sorrel
DOB: 4/1/02
Sex: Mare
Size: 30″
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Carmella is CTRC’s original Mini Trooper. Accompanied by her Mini Troopers Team, Carmella, goes out into the community and acts as an ambassador for the human-animal bond.

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Cashew

CASHEW

Breed: Quarter Horse
Color: Chestnut
DOB: 1/1/99
Sex: Gelding
Size: 15.2 hands
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Cashew is a gentle and level headed horse. He has specialized training in ground work & natural horsemanship and extensively trained on trail obstacle courses. We are very lucky to have him!

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Cheerio

CHEERIO

Breed: Selle Francias/Trakkener
Color: Dark Bay
DOB: 1/1/93
Sex: Gelding
Size: 17 hands
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Cheerio is a big guy with an even bigger heart. He takes everything in stride & loves kids. Most of his past career has as a lesson horses and traveled around CO competing in jumping.

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Choice

CHOICE

Breed: Morgan
Color: Liver Chestnut
DOB: 5/25/91
Sex: Gelding
Size: 14.3 hands
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Choice, aka “S H Topper’s Choice”, came to CO from WY. He is quite social & doesn’t like to miss out on the activity around CTRC. He loves to be included and help out! He even picks up his dish and hands it to you.

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Clyde

CLYDE

Breed: Saddlebred/Quarter Horse
Color: Sorrel
DOB: 5/1/98
Sex: Gelding
Size: 15 hands
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Clyde, is a curious and friendly boy. He has training in Western, English and Liberty & loves to go on trail rides & meet new people. He aims to please and does a great job of taking care of all of his riders.

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Doc

DOC

Breed: Quarter Horse
Color: Dark Brown/Black
DOB: 6/6/96
Sex: Gelding
Size: 15.1 hands
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Doc, aka “Doc’s Diamond Legend” is a patient, level headed guy who loves kids! With training in dressage, western, and Parelli Natural Horsemanship & Doc’s calm stature make him a perfect fit for CTRC.

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Duke

DUKE

Breed: Tennessee Walker/Spotted Saddlebred
Color: Paint
DOB: 5/29/01
Sex: Gelding
Size: 16 hands
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Duke is a super friendly and loving horse. He is a gaited horse that has been trained in western and loves riding on trails! He has an extremely smooth gait and loves people, especially kids.

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Fancy

FANCY

Breed: Paint
Color: Sorrel Over
DOB: 3/29/93
Sex: Mare
Size: 15.2 hands
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Not only is Fancy beyond sweet, but she also has some pretty cool moves! Fancy has been used in Western Pleasure, English, Trail Riding, and has even been fox hunting! With all her experience and love of people, she is a great teacher.

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Hobbes

HOBBES

Breed: Oldenburg
Color: Bay
DOB: 3/30/98
Sex: Gelding
Size: 16.1 hands
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Hobbes is a friendly and curious guy who absolutely loves people. Hobbes used to be an eventer & hunter/jumper. Hobbes was brought to CTRC after an old suspensory injury flared up and his owner decided for his own wellbeing that being an equine therapist seemed like the perfect new job.  She was right!

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Joey

JOEY

Breed: Thoroughbred
Color: Bay
DOB: 1/1/00
Sex: Gelding
Size: 16.1 hands
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Believe it or not, Joey used to race when we was younger. He even won a few races before deciding “fast running” wasn’t for him. His calm and friendly demeanor and his slow controlled movement make him a great therapy horse.

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Kitkat

KIT KAT

Breed: Oldenburg
Color: Bay
DOB: 1/1/02
Sex: Mare
Size: 16.2 hands
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Kat is a big friendly horse with a very soft eye. Before coming to CTRC, Kat competed in the higher levels of 3-Day eventing. Kat’s calm temperament and love of people make her a great addition to CTRC.

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Lady

LADY

Breed: Quarter Horse
Color: Sorrel
DOB: 2/11/93
Sex: Mare
Size: 15 hands
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Lady is a pro at trail riding & came to us from Sedalia, CO. Always “a lady” she has a very even tempo in all of her gaits, never rushing or slowing down. Lady is an alpha mare and just as she looks after the herd she looks after her riders.

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Lightning

LIGHTNING

Breed: Mustang
Color: Grey
DOB: 1/1/91
Sex: Gelding
Size: 13.2 hands
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Lightning is mild-mannered, easy going and loves his job, especially working outdoors. Before coming to CTRC, Lightning lived in Berthoud at a Girl Scout camp. Lightning has one blue eye and the dark “medicine hat” over his ears.

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Lilchief

LIL' CHIEF

Breed: Paint/Quarter Horse
Color: Black & White
DOB: 3/15/94
Sex: Gelding
Size: 14.2 hands
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Lil’ Chief is very willing and will always try to do what is asked of him. He has been a western and trail horse and even was in the Martin Luther King, Jr. parade in Texas. One of Lil Chief’s favorite things to do is to play with his buddies in the pasture.

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Lou

LOU

Breed: Dutch Warmblood
/Thoroughbred
Color: Grey
DOB: 1/1/91
Sex: Mare
Size: 16.1 hands
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Lou’s, aka Larimer, previous owner was a rider with CTRC for several years and so Lou stepped right on into her role at CTRC without missing a beat. Always willing to serve, Lou is very calm & respectful to handlers & riders.

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Magic

MAGIC

Breed: Quarter Horse
Color: Red Dun
DOB: 5/12/96
Sex: Gelding
Size: 14.3 hands
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Magic is a very sweet and patient boy. He takes everything in stride and absolutely loves people! Magic competed as a reiner for 15 years!  He has taught many kids how to ride both western and English. Before Magic arrived at CTRC he completed a 100-mile trail ride, just for fun. We are very excited to have him!!!

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Molly

MOLLY

Breed: Quarter Horse
Color: Buckskin Dun
DOB: 4/1/02
Sex: Mare
Size: 15.1 hands
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Mainly Molly, or just Molly, has taught many beginners, children and adults, how to ride dressage, barrel race, and even trail rides. Currently we are teaching her how to be a vaulting horse! She is one talented girl, and we are happy to have her at CTRC!

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Nash

NASH

Breed: Quarter Horse
Color: Bay
DOB: 2/14/98
Sex: Gelding
Size: 15.2 hands
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Nash comes to CTRC after working at Humble Ranch Therapy Center in Steamboat Springs, CO. Nash loved his job so much that once cleared, from two knee surgeries, to go back to work, CTRC was more than happy to give him a job!

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Ozzie

OZZIE

Breed:
Color: Dark Brown
DOB: 3/15/95
Sex: Gelding
Size: 15.3 hands
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Ozzie was a mounted police horse for 6 years, and before that he was a prized roping horse that won a lot of money. When Ozzie was a police horse he was certified every year for police work and even went to the Democratic National Convention.

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Roarke

ROARKE

Breed: Norwegian Fjord
Color: Brown Dun
DOB: 8/15/08
Sex: Gelding
Size: 13.2 hands
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Roarke, aka “Pony-Up Roarke”, was born in Berthoud, Colorado. He is very brave and takes on challenges head on. His love of people makes him a great therapy horse. Roarke is always game for playing with the other horses.

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Saunder

SAUNDER

Breed: Norwegian Ford
Color: Buckskin Dun
DOB:
Sex: Gelding
Size:
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Scarlet

SCARLET

Breed: Miniature Horse
Color: Sorrel
DOB: 6/6/05
Sex: Mare
Size: 27″
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Scarlet is Carmella’s daughter. She is curious, VERY cute and loves to be around people & the center of the action. She is in training to join Carmella as a Mini Trooper.

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Slurpee

SLURPEE

Breed: Percheron/Paint
Color: Gray
DOB: 7/11/93
Sex: Gelding
Size: 15.3 hands
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Slurpee is a big gentle horse with an easy going attitude. He was part of the herd at Sombrero Ranches for many years. His unique name comes from the 7-11 brand on his hip. When Slurpee is not being ridden he enjoys taking a nap in the sun.

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