For all our horses who have moved on from REINS.
Norwegian Fjord, foaled in 1993
Since he arrived at REINS in 2002, Leif shone as one our most valuable equines. He worked in every variety of lessons that we offer, from independent riding lessons, to back riding, to vaulting, to helping our wheel chair bound riders feel what it is like to walk again. Leif did it all without complaint. His strong, stout body was perfectly adapted to be a therapy horse. Leif loved life here at REINS and we loved having him more than he could ever know! He was a perfect example of the do it all ability of the Norwegian Fjord breed and truly meant to be a therapy horse.
American Paint Horse, foaled in 1995
Rio is a breeding stock paint, whose sire is from the very famous Kings Ranch (think Ford Trucks – Kings Ranch Edition). He was born in Oklahoma on a hunting ranch where they would go out on hunts for 3 days at a time. Apparently, early on Rio let it be known that he did not want to work that hard by stomping his feet and protesting. Rio was brought to California in 1999 where a lady bought him because he looked like her grandfather’s horse. After a few years, Rio moved on to one of our REINS instructor’s families who purchased him for their daughter. Rio’s temperament seemed perfect for a beginner rider, so after extensive training, he became an ideal Pony Club mount. Together Rio and his girl won training level dressage high point of the year at the Poway Valley Riders Association. After she outgrew him, his family knew they wanted to donate him to a therapeutic riding program because it suited his temperament ideally.
Paint Horse, foaled April 2001
Mable is one of our cute little paint ponies that just loves to spend her day teaching little ones how to ride. She has made a career out of teaching lessons, with her past being in Pony Club. Like most of us here at REINS, she has lived in Fallbrook for most of her life. With her stout build and steady gait, she offers her riders a strong base and a confident mount so they can focus on the skills they are learning. Mable is a true therapy horse, she will teach many kiddos how to ride.
Norwegian Fjord, foaled in 1989
We found Mary when we were in need of another Fjord to take on our adult riders. The first place we looked was Nors Ranch in Aguangua. Bitten and Henrik Nors have bred and raised Fjords for years, so we knew we were going to the right place. Though we did purchase Mary, she was actually purchased with grant money set aside just for buying a new therapy horse!
Mary has been a great fit since first arriving. She is a wonderful example of the versatility of the Fjord breed. She totes around little tykes and is strong enough to carry adults as well. We are just so happy and thankful to have her!
Thoroughbred, foaled in 1996
Serena is a former Polo Pony that came from the desert. Because her owner wanted to offer Serena a cooler climate in her older years, REINS became her home. She is the go-get’em kind of girl that will do anything her riders asks her to do. She has a wonderful consistent, calm disposition that offers her riders an ideal riding experience. Although the therapy tools are not really her cup of tea, Serena has the training and patients to teach our independent riders specific riding skills that do not involve playing with toys. Serena’s favourite past time is to play in her water trough on those warm summer days.
Argentinian Polo Horse, foaled April 1, 2003 (April Fool’s Day!)
Foolie is a wonderful mare who was donated by one of our riders, Harry Collins. Harry and Foolie played polo together. In fact, Foolie was Harry’s favorite polo pony as she is so easy to ride and is so kind. Foolie had to have her left eye removed after sustaining an injury during a polo match. After the injury, Foolie was retired from polo, though she continued to work as a ranch and trail horse, traveling between California and Colorado. In an unfortunate turn of events, Harry was injured in a polo accident not long after Foolie. Since Foolie was extremely calm and sensible, and manages well with only one eye, she became a wonderful therapy horse, and joined REINS in 2010. In 2011 she was the Region 11 Therapy Horse of The Year!
Not only was she a terrific therapy horse, but she reminds all of us that we can still help others, regardless of our seeming limitations.
Arabian Cross Pony, foaled in 1995
Retired with Foolie in 2017 on 40 Green Acres in Colorado. Enjoy those greener pastures, Betsy!
Before REINS, Betsy was a successful Hunter/Jumper show pony. She came to us with a long letter of introduction from her previous owner, showing just how well loved she was.
Betsy wasn’t quite sure what to think of REINS when she arrived in 2004. She couldn’t figure out why on earth we would have all those crazy looking things like balls and rings and toys ‘oh my’. But with time and practice, Betsy realized the joy of playing with toys. She was a superstar in the therapy arena, especially for younger riders just learning to ride. She just seemed to know what each child needed. Our instructors could almost let her teach the lesson, she was that good at her job!
Sami, aka Sovereign
Arabian, foaled in 1988
Passed on in 2017. We miss you, sweet boy! We are so happy you got to live a long life doing something that you loved. Thank you for your many years of service!
Pinto Pony born 1992
Tex has retired to his a new home with one of dedicated Volunteers! He’s shares his retirement home with Daisey.
Tex, came to us as a successful show hunter pony. Tex served as a wonderful addition to the REINS heard for almost 10 years.
Norwegian Fjord born in 1990
Passed on in August of 2015 to walk in the Norwegian grass pastures in the sky.
Kiejl was one of our dependable Norwegian Fjords. Kiejl worked hard carrying some of our youngest and oldest riders on his broad, able back.
He had a lot going on behind his long forelock and was a great therapy horse at REINS for over 9 years. We will miss him!
Arabian born in 1979
Passed on in 2010. We miss you Mickey!
Mickey was one of REINS veteran horses. Pre-REINS, Mickey was a successful show horse, competing in the hunter/jumper circuit. Mickey was the first horse for many of our riders. He loved his job.
Mickey always had a smile on his face (partly because he needed braces as child and never got them) and warmed the hearts of our kiddos every day.
Irish Thoroughbred born in 1988
Passed on in 2010 to gallop the green grass of heaven.
Highland started at REINS in 2002. In his pre-REINS life, Highland was an Eventer, which means he competed in three English disciplines, Dressage, Cross-Country and Stadium Jumping (comparable to a triathlete).
Highland was a steady boy. He was at REINS only a few short weeks when he helped with the REINS Fun Day Horse Show. He gained such a band of followers that they even formed the ‘Highland Syndicate’, a group dedicated to his sponsorship. But the Syndicate doesn’t stop there! Many in the group volunteer and made sure he was kept groomed, fat and happy. While all the horses here are special, Highland had a special charm that drew people to him.
Quarter Horse born in 1980
Passed on in 2010. Miss you buddy!
Bailey was at REINS since 2000!! In his previous life he was a show horse and very well trained. As such, Bailey definitely knew the ropes and knew how to take care of his riders in style.
Bailey was quite the gentleman and showed it by his quiet manner and slow gentle gaits. If he were human, he would have been one of those men that all the ladies went for. In his younger days he would definitely have been the track and field star and had a cheerleader on his arm. Even in his older years, with his salt and pepper hair, he still attracted the ladies. His can do attitude made him a favorite horse for many of our riders.
Retired in 2010. He is living his retirement living in a pasture flirting with the younger ladies. Rick is enjoying his retirement and loving life!
Quarter Horse born in 1982
Rick started at REINS in 2006. Pre-REINS he was a fiery rodeo horse. In his later years he settled into the quiet life of a therapeutic riding pony, though he still couldn’t focus if there was a crowd—the noise reminded him of his rip snorting glory days!
Rick was rock solid and a great guy. He was one of those horses with a heart of gold that shines right through his amber eyes.
Norwegian Fjord born in 1989
Passed on in 2010. Heaven is better with her there!
Erica was one of our oldest mares and a veteran here at REINS. She had been with REINS since 1994! Erica had her own set of challenges. She came to us because of foot problems. Through a lot of hard work and TLC, Erica was nursed back to health and became one of our most integral horses.
Erica was the first horse for many of our riders and helped many on their way to achieving their dreams. She was truly an example of what REINS is all about.
Thoroughbred Born in 1986
Passed on in 2010, now galloping in heaven with Bailey and Highland.
In his late twenties, Scottie was mostly retired, saving his energy for some of his favorite students. Scottie began at REINS in 2003. Interestingly, Scottie was originally Debbie’s daughter’s jumping horse. He then passed on to another rider, Jordyn, before coming to REINS. Scottie was a total jock and funny boy.
There were doubts as to whether a big fancy show horse could do therapeutic riding, but Scottie was fantastic. He plugged along and took care of our riders with a dopey smile on his face.
Shetland Pony -we never new his age- well over 30!
Joined REINS 2006
Poncho was the smallest member of the REINS herd. Before joining REINS he was a barrel pony. (He was very fast when he wanted to be).
He has been so important for many of our riders, being their first horse. Some were a little too little to ride other horses, others a little too intimidated. Poncho took care of them all. He loved his life here and loved to be pampered. If he had been human, one could imagine him wearing a tweed smoking jacket, putting his feet up at night on a velvet chaise, and indulging in a good pipe. That’s how we picture him now.
Haflinger Mare born around 1990.
Passed March 25, 2015
Cassie, aka Cassandra, aka Malibu Barbie, was a wonderful addition to REINS. Cassie was actually a children’s lesson and show pony for the past 10 years. All those years of teaching lessons gave her a head-start on being a therapy horse. Cassie was here to work out her ‘retirement’ days. We are so thankful her owner, Jennifer, let us borrow this wonderful horse.
Pony of the Americas born in 1993
Retired in June 2014 to a wonderful home in Valley Center, CA where she will get to munch on all the carrots a horse could dream about!!!
Grand is a POA or Pony of the Americas. Pony of the Americas have been bred to be ideal kid horses, so naturally Grand is a perfect therapeutic riding horse. She came to REINS from Temecula where she worked at a summer camp for girls. Moving into therapeutic riding lessons was an easy transition.
Before her work as a therapy pony and camp horse, Grand was a successful show pony. So, Grand is really a ‘grand champion!’