our horses

Our horses understand the importance of their jobs. Not all horses have the mindset for this difficult work. We select our horses using an extensive evaluation process to determine who has the temperament and skills.

Our horse evaluation includes:  paces of gaits as well as performance in areas such as quick unexpected dismounts, sensitivity to sound, motion and touch. In addition to the standard walk/trot horses, flat-shod Tennessee Walking Horses are also used because of their special gait. Like any other working horse, we give them needed diversions and R&R time to keep them happy and challenged.

Ellie May

Our Horse Ellie May at Rhythm of the Rein, Therapeutic Horsemanship in Marshfield

BREED: Bay Paint Mare

JOB: Therapeutic Riding and Hippotherapy

LIKES: Tail scratches, treats and trail rides

DISLIKES: The girth

STRENGTHS: Ellie May is happy to stand forever patient for mounts and dismounts and active trot for added engagement of the rider. She is a fantastic teacher and the first choice for volunteer training. She will always notify the instructor if a rider isn’t centered correctly.

Mojo

Our Horse Moho at Rhythm of the Rein, Therapeutic Horsemanship in Marshfield

BREED: Bay Quarter Horse Gelding

JOB: Therapeutic Riding and Hippotherapy

LIKES: Brushing, carrots and anything done at a slow walk

DISLIKES: Apples and being asked to move fast

STRENGTHS: Mojo is super sweet and calm which makes him the perfect horse to build a rider’s confidence. He will happily stand all day for brushing, is a perfect model to demonstrate wrapping and braiding and will let kids climb all over him. Looking for a nice slow, steady trot? Then look no further than Mr. “Slow” MoJo!

Shiloh

Our Horse Shiloh at Rhythm of the Rein, Therapeutic Horsemanship in Marshfield Vermont

BREED: Spotted Tennessee Walking Horse Mare

JOB: Adaptive Driving, Therapeutic Riding and Hippotherapy

LIKES: Driving, trail riding and neck scratches

DISLIKES: Biting bugs!

STRENGTHS: Shiloh is a sweetheart to work with, easy going and able to learn new things quickly. As a “gated horse”, she has a smooth stride that is easier for some riders to sit to. She is also willing and able to step up the tempo a bit for those who like a bit of speed with a nice running walk.

Ladyhawk

Rhythm of the Rein, Therapeutic Horsemanship in Marshfield Vermont

BREED: Paint Quarter Horse Mare

JOB: Therapeutic Riding and Hippotherapy

LIKES: Her bestie Bonnie, spa days, carrots and walking around with her riders

DISLIKES: Apples and her ears being brushed

STRENGTHS: Ladyhawk will stand all day for loving and attention as well as having an amazing walk to canter transition for advanced riders. She is calm and cool under saddle and is perfect for smaller riders. She is honest and teaches each rider how to correctly use their seat and leg in transitions.

Max

Rhythm of the Rein, Therapeutic Horsemanship in Marshfield Vermont

BREED: Bay Quarter Horse Gelding

JOB: Therapeutic Riding and Hippotherapy

LIKES: Trail rides, snacks and western riding

DISLIKES: Ground pole work

STRENGTHS: Max is larger than most of our horses and can support larger, adult riders, especially ones who need a bit more confidence. He is amazing on trail rides, can go English or Western style and his trot is nice and slow which makes it very comfortable to sit or post to. 

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