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Meet Our Horses

Meet our herd!  Every horse was hand-picked for TRI to make sure we can meet the needs of our participants. Each horse has its own unique job here at TRI!

Interested in sponsoring the care of a horse? Donating $450 a month or $5,000 a year to our general fund will make you a sponsor for a horse of your choice. Each horse at TRI gets special treatment including, farrier, veterinary and chiropractic care, along with the regular cost of feed and housing for them. Your donation will help us to continue to provide top of the line care. Look below at each horse to see who still needs a sponsor for 2024!  If you are interested in sponsoring a horse, please reach out to our development team at


Billie Rae

Sponsored by Kara Matson & Family

Name: Arizona

Age: 24

Years at TRI: 8

Name: Arizona

Age: 24

Years at TRI: 8

Name: Arizona

Age: 24

Years at TRI: 8

Name: Billie Rae

Age: 24

Years at TRI: 10

Billie Rae is a fan favorite and was named the official PATH Region 4 Horse of the Year for 2024! A fun fact about Billie: her fave treats are Frosted Mini Wheats



Sponsored by

Andy & Danette Chance

Name: Chance

Age: 31

Years at TRI: 4

Chance is our oldest horse! He would never let you know though, he's still young at heart and has a lot of years left in him! 



Sponsored by

Tim & Nancy Houtz

Name: Poncho

Age: 27

Years at TRI: 4

Loveable Poncho has quickly become our most requested guy! The horse who really has "slow and steady" down, his smooth gaits and kind nature make him the perfect horse for TRI and our students!



Sponsored by

Dan & Lisa Lape

Name: Coupe

Age: 19

Years at TRI: 3

Coupe is a big horse with a big heart. He is large enough to accommodate our adult riders, but has a soft spot for the younger riders. His quiet patience makes him a great horse to learn independence on.

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Currently looking for a sponsor! 

Name: Wynonna

Age: 19

Years at TRI: 3

Wynonna's large, engaging movement and wide base provide crucial support for our adult riders. Her incredible empathy shines through as she instantly connects with participants in our counseling programs.


Robert Emmett

Sponsored by

Phil & Jean Wagner

Name: Robert Emmett

Age: 4

Years at TRI: New this year!

Robert has been a true gem since joining our family, bringing joy to everyone he meets. Robert's determination and steady demeanor make him a star in our program. 



Sponsored by

Kirk & Anita Watkins

Name: Emmy

Age: 15

Years at TRI: 1

Emmy's sweet personality makes her ideal for our Equine-Assisted Learning and Counseling programs. Plus, her short stature and wide base offer ample support to our riders



Currently looking for a sponsor! 

Name: Arizona

Age: 26

Years at TRI: 10

Arizona has been there and done that. After 10 years of service, Arizona now enjoys semi-retirement, only being in a few lessons a week with our most independent riders.



Currently looking for a sponsor! 

Name: Cobalt


Age: 9

Years at TRI: 1

Cobalt's sensitive nature enables our riders to make significant progress in their horsemanship goals, while his patience makes him the perfect partner for those needing to build confidence.



Sponsored by the Jackson Family

Name: Buster

Age: 26

Years at TRI: New this year!

Buster is the newest member of our herd. With his gentle demeanor and smooth gait, he has quickly become a favorite among our students--a joy to all who ride with him!

Donate or Lease a Horse

Do you have a lead on a good horse or have a horse you’d like to donate? View our criteria for potential horses.

A TRI horse carries precious cargo, and we take great care in selecting, evaluating and training each and every one of them.

Our Equine Manager initially evaluates all horses being considered to join the TRI Team.

If you would like to donate or lease a horse to our program, required criteria for your horse includes, but is not limited to:

  • Ideal age ranges from 8 to 22 years old.

  • 14.2 – 16.1 hands

  • Must be able to hold at least 200lbs comfortably

  • Preference for horses of stocky build

  • Must be physically and behaviorally sound with no injuries or vices

  • Must be able to walk, trot and canter. Horses must already be in semi-consistent work

  • Must be slow, smooth, patient, calm, and quiet

  • Excellent ground manners

  • We DO NOT accept: horses with visual impairments, stallions, horses with significant gait defects, or horses that are not sound at the walk, trot & canter


Because of our commitment to our students and the subsequent high standards for our horses, the Therapeutic Riding Institute is typically only able to approve and accept an average of one in 10 horses generously presented to us as a donation. If interested in donating/leasing please click below.


Your support makes our services possible! 

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