Meet Our Herd

REINS therapy horses carry precious cargo and we take great care in selecting, evaluating and training them. Our Program Manager first evaluates all horses being considered to join the our herd. The horse’s conformation, movement, and behavior are assessed, as well as their ground manners, ability under saddle, and suitability for riders with disabilities. If the horse is then accepted, he will come to REINS for a 90-day trial period. If the trial period is a success, donation papers are signed and REINS accepts the horse with much gratitude. When a horse becomes ready for retirement the original owner has the right of first refusal. If they waive that right, REINS carefully selects a good home for our retiring Equine.

Our Geldings

Winston

Norwegian Fjord, foaled May 9, 2007

Joined REINS: 2017

Winston (formerly known as Torstien) was born in Canada, and brought to northern California in 2015.  REINS was able to purchase Winston with grant money from the Crevier Foundation, whom have been supporting REINS for several years. Winston has had training in Dressage and has very flashy gaits!   Winston has been one of the fastest horses to jump into the lesson program, and is really making an impact on his eager riders!

Flash

Thoroughbred, foaled 2000

Joined REINS: 2017

Flash is just the opposite of his name, he is slow and steady.  Taking his job seriously he really tries hard to please but following each cue given. With his steady walk and gentle jog, he gives his riders a consistent ride, offering the independence needed for his riders to carry them to the next level while making them feel safe and relaxed. Flash has the kind face of a young child with the wise soul of grandpa, he is going to make a great therapy horse for many years to come.

Prince Charming

American Quarterhorse Pony, foaled in 2002

Joined REINS: 2017

Prince Charming has been a really great addition to our herd this year! His owner Riley generously donated him after a career as a hunter Jumper pony. His family knew he would make a great therapy pony, so when Riley headed off to college, Prince Charming took over the REINS Castle.  Prince sure is Charming all the girls, and taunting all the boys as he teaches our little riders how to steal the show!

Proudly Sponsored by:
Riley Bieker &
National Christian Foundation

Bueller

Belgian Warmblood, foaled in 1998

Joined REINS: 2009

Before life at REINS, Bueller was a jumper, his previous family purchased him because he was just so safe and reliable.  When they were looking at him, a car drove by and backfired.  Bueller didn’t bat an eye and he was sold on the spot!. Before arriving at REINS, he had been living in a stall by himself.  He quickly discovered how fun it is to have other horse buddies to play with.   Now it is not uncommon to see Bueller playing in the pasture with his buddies.  He just loves the herd life and the excitement at REINS.

Proudly Sponsored by:
Cindy & Tammy Martinez
and CA Body Systems

Harrison

Norwegian Fjord, foaled in 1992

Joined REINS: 2006

Harrison Fjord, not to be confused with the actor (though we think they look alike) is a Norwegian Fjord.  Though Fjords were the Viking warhorses, Harry has left his warrior roots behind and prefers to amble quietly along, sneaking carrots when no one is looking.

Harry came to us all the way from Oregon in the middle of the chilly winter (he sure was happy when he saw the sun!)  He fit in right away and started taking some of our biggest riders.  He is one of our hardest working horses and a real character.  His favorite pastime is trying to trick the volunteer leaders into letting him sneak to the carrot boxes before the lesson is over.  (He seems to think he’ll get more carrots this way).

Proudly Sponsored by:
“Friends of Harry” in memory of Diane, Darlene, Jennifer & Tom

Rocky

Quarter Horse, foaled in 1994

Joined REINS: 2008

Rocky has lived a very exciting life.  He dabbled in Eventing, winning the Intro Level championship at Copper Meadows in 2006.  But his favorite job was as a ‘whip’ horse.  This means that he was a foxhunting horse who got to follow the hounds and make sure they stayed in line.

As he got older, Rocky’s joints just couldn’t handle all the high speed antics of foxhunting, so he came to REINS.  From day one it’s been a perfect fit.  Rocky is like a big Labrador retriever in the body of a horse!  His kind heart and compassionate nature make him perfectly suited for therapeutic riding.  Although he is great for beginners, Rocky also knows how to challenge our more advanced equestrians; perfect for every age group!

Finn

Norwegian Fjord Horse, foaled May 2, 2002

Joined REINS: 2014

Proudly Sponsored by:  Kandis Pinamonti

Finn is one of our several registered Norwegian Fjord Horses at REINS.  His playful attitude and endless energy adds a spicy new dynamic to the gelding pasture.  He is built stout, and durable, perfect for a therapy horse!  Always eager to move, Finn keeps his riders alert and engaged during their lessons to ensure they get the most out of their ride.  From balls to bubbles this horse is ready to play!! On his free time, keeping the pasture alive and active is his main mission. He is always ready for another horse to join in his games!

 

Proudly Sponsored by:
Kandis Pinamonti

Cinnamon

Hafflinger, foaled in 1997

Joined REINS: January 2017

Cinnamon is a cute little pony that loves to talk! He always wants to know what is happening on the ranch, and has something to say about it.  He is definitely the little man with the big personality and yet there is not a mean bone in his body.  He is quickly learning the ropes around REINS, he just can’t wait to figure everything out and get to work!

Konah

Norwegian Fjord and Percheron cross, foaled in 2008

Joined REINS: July 2012

Konah is our slow and steady big baby Huey.  He just loves to play with whatever toys are out in the pasture, from the water hose to the feed buckets.  Although he is mister playful in the pasture, Konah is the solid steady horse that can carry our biggest or newest riders.  He is the master of slow and slower, but will occasionally step on the gas if the rider encourages him enough.  When he first came to REINS, Konah had barely any training, but over time and with a bit of work he has become a wonderful horse.  Because Konah came to us at such a young age, we hope to have him around for years to come!

 

Cisco

Arabian and Paint cross, foaled in 2001

Joined REINS: 2016

Cisco Kid is just that, a kid!  He is one of the most playful little guys that REINS has ever seen.  His colorful personality matches his flashy colorful coat, and his sassy little tail matches his sassy little attitude.  Even though he is pretty energetic, when a little tyke gets on his back he drops his head and baby sits his kiddos.  We know this fun horse is going to spend many years showing our riders around our therapy ring.  “Let’s GO Cisco!” is his favorite phrase to hear!

 

Chuy

Arabian, foaled in 2003

Joined REINS: 2018

Chuy is a special little horse that has a level head and steady gait.  Although he used to be a very fast little barrel racer, he is happy to stay at a gentle jog for his new riders. He has wonderful manners and is an easy lead for our volunteers. Chuy is the perfect horse to teach our young riders how to ride independently, and learn to trust.  His “up-for-anything” attitude helps to keep his lessons interesting and engaging. We look forward to many years with Mr. Chuy!

 

Our Mares

Misha

Norwegian Fjord, foaled in 2004

Joined REINS: 2017

Misha and her friend Daisy both found a home at REINS when another therapy center relocated and needed to find a new home for them.  As our largest Fjord mare, Misha will have some big shoes to fill as a heavy lifter around here. She has definitely found her spot in the pasture with the girls, as she spends most of her day following Clover and Chloe around on their quest to find every scrap of food left over from the last meal. With her kind eye and brute strength, Misha will offer a confident ride for her students.

Daisy

Pony of Ameica, foaled in 1997

Joined REINS: 2017

Daisy and her friend Misha both found a home at REINS when another therapy center relocated and needed them to find a new career together. Daisy instantly proved herself as a trustworthy therapy pony the moment we brought her into the arena, and began to take new lessons within a week of arriving to REINS.   She has proven to be a versatile pony that can take any kiddo from beginner to novice.  She has had years of experience, and it shows each time a new rider takes the reins.  Her confidence is much greater than her size, and she is definitely pulling her weight around here!

Bonny

Gypsy Vanner, foaled January 1, 2008

Joined REINS: 2017

We are so excited to have selected Bonnie after winning a GypsyGift contest made possible by Lexlin Ranch.  Bonnie was originally imported from the United Kingdom, to Lexlin Ranch in Rockwood, Tennessee.  After her time as a brood mare, Bonnie was elected to be part of the Gypsy Gift program.  REINS friends and family followers worked so hard to win the contest, and after a long 2 months of voting on Facebook, we chose Bonnie! She has traveled far to get here and seems to be settling in well. Gypsy Vanners are uniquely suited to be great therapy horses, and we know that she will be able to serve our students and our program for many years to come! Thank you for being part of the REINS team!

Proudly Sponsored by:
Eileen Fagan

Sara

Norwegian Fjord, foaled May 28, 2003  

Joined REINS:  2017

Sara is one of REINS’ 8 Norwegian Fjords! She is actually a cousin of our oldest Fjords, Leif and Erica (now in greener pastures)! We know she will give us many, many years of good service as REINS is in her blood! She has a steady stride, and strong back, offering a wonderful seat to many of our little tikes.  Although she isn’t as robust as a few of our Fjords, Sara will definitely find her niche with our smaller students that like to ride backwards, sideways, and sleeping Indian (laying over the barrel of the horse on the rider’s tummy). We love Sara, and look forward to having her for many years.

Lena

Quarter Horse, foaled 1993  

Joined REINS:  2018

Lena is a beautiful little Quarter Horse that spent a lot of her life as a cattle pony.  Her owner is a longtime REINS volunteer, and knows the type of horse we need here.  She would often talk about her horse Lena who she said was just a wonderful baby sitter, and she was right! Lena came in with an air of confidence that put both the riders and staff at ease.  She popped into lessons a week after being here, because she showed us that she was totally comfortable with her surroundings.  She is eager to please, and keeps a relaxed demeanor throughout the entire lesson.

Kvika

Icelandic Horse, foaled June 6, 1996 

Joined REINS:  March 2010

Kvika (pronounced Veeka) is an Icelandic horse.  Kvika was actually donated by the grandmother of one of our students.  Kvika is a perfect fit for our program as she, like all Icelandic horses, has an exceptionally calm nature and is short and strong.   Though only 12 hands high, Kvika can actually carry a full grown man!  One of the best parts of Kvika though, is riding her ‘tolt’.  A tolt is a natural gait of the icelandic breed.  It is an exceptionally smooth four beat gait, much like the running walk of a Tenessee Walking Horse.  Because Kvika’s tolt is smooth and easy to ride, some of our students who cannot bear the bounce of a regular trot can still enjoy going fast by riding Kvika’s tolt!

Clover

Icelandic and Welsh Mountain Pony cross, foaled in 2000

Joined REINS: February 2013

She has the personality of a feisty little puppy! While she is great for toting around our little tots, she is also very good with our kiddos learning to steer independently.  She keeps us all on our toes with her spunky demeanor, and vivacious attitude!

When we first started introducing Clover to all of our therapy tools, such as the basketball hoop, poles, and rings, she would just turn her head a look at us like she had seen it all before. Even when we introduced her to the herd, it was such a smooth transition that it seemed as though she already knew everybody. Clover is a wonderful addition to our program, and I am so glad that she has fit in so well.   She has so much to offer our little riders, and we are so blessed to have her here with us!

Proudly Sponsored by:
Jackie Tait

Chloe-Louise

Quarter Horse/ Pony, foaled in 2001

Joined REINS: 2015

Chloe Louise is ever so curious about the world around her. Keeping her ears perked and eyes aware she knows exactly what is happening down here at REINS.  Although she is just beginning her career as a therapy horse, she is excited to learn and eager to please.  Once she knows what we are asking of her, she accepts her duties caring for our special riders.  Daisy, her best friend, has been showing her the ropes around the REINS pasture.  Not wanting to disrupt the other mares, Chloe is okay staying on the back burner and trying not to rock the boat.  We love our little ponies here at REINS, I know Chloe Louise will add a wonderful new dynamic to our therapy herd!