Interested in sponsoring one of our Horse Heroes?
~ Chevy owned by KTRA- donated by Katie Leach~
Birthday: Born in June, 2007
1) Before coming to KTRA, Chevy competed in eventing and explored lots of trails with his previous owner
2) Chevy is known for having an outgoing personality and a wild hairdo!
~Lyra is leased to KTRA from Linnea Kestrel~
Birthday: Lyra was born in the year 2008
Breed: Friesian X Welsh
1) Lyra is a very sensitive mare that loves to bond with her riders
2) Lyra is very brave! If there is a bear or cougar on the trail she will be the first to investigate!
~ Nala is owned by KTRA ~
Birthday: Born June 14, 2017
Color: Chestnut with flaxen mane and tail
1) Nala is the youngest horse KTRA has ever purchased with the intent of "training" her to be a Therapeutic Riding horse
2) Nala is named after the female lion cub from the classic Disney movie "The Lion King"
~ Piper is leased to KTRA from the Sparrow Family ~
Birthday: Born May 5th, 2014
Breed: Welsh Pony
1) Before coming to KTRA, Piper had a foal
2) KTRA used to lease Piper from her previous owner, but that owner wanted to sell Piper, so the Sparrow family made the decision to buy Piper for their children and keep her in the Program so that all the other children who ride Piper can continue to enjoy her as well!
~Ularu is leased to KTRA from Ashton Koroscil-LeClair~
Birthday: Born in the year 2001
Breed: Dutch Warmblood
1) Ularu has a unique marking on her face that looks like the head of a horse
2) Upon coming to KTRA we realized that Ularu is a half-brother to Ustinov (Usti)! Usti used to be in our program but "retired" from our program in early 2022.
The Ideal Therapy Horse
Although Therapeutic horses come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and breeds, they tend to share some common characteristics. Most Therapeutic riding (TR) horses fall between 14 hands (the size of a large pony) and 16 hands (the size of the average race horse). A suitable TR horse will typically fall on the “stocky” side, with a short-coupled confirmation. Because some riders can have low muscle tone or difficulty balancing, even gentle work can be taxing on the muscular-skeletal system of these animals. For this reason, a sturdy bearing is important for the long-term comfort and usability. TR horses do not need to be top performers, but they must be sound and possess good, clean gaits in order to produce the type of “three-dimensional” movement (up/down, back/front, side/side) that is associated with Therapeutic benefit.
Offer a Retirement Home
Although their work with KTRA is not physically demanding, our horses are subject to quite the difficult job! For most of their lessons, our horses are lead by a horse leader but also receiving input from the student and the two side helpers. Think about how you can become overwhelmed when receiving 4 different signals of how to do the same thing! The average Therapeutic riding horse can spend about 5 years in a program before reaching burnout. KTRA allows our horses tell us they are ready for retirement in a variety of ways – some physical and some behavioral – it depends on the individual horse.
When a horse is ready for retirement, we begin the task of finding them a qualified home, one where they can spend their days just being a horse.
If you are interested in providing a forever home for our special friends, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org