These amazing horses are greatly valued "staff members". They are carefully selected for specific purposes, based on criteria such as temperament (e.g., quiet, not timid or spooky); past history and degree of training; walking and trotting characteristics (e.g., length of stride, upward motion, side-to-side motion, rhythm, pace, smoothness)
Sully was named after the heroic pilot, Sully Sullenberger, who safely landed a passenger plane on the Hudson River. This horse is like Sully because he also is calm, level-headed, wise, and reserved.
Sully is a 12 year-old, red sorrel, American Quarter Horse. His previous owner rode him down busy streets, on the trails, and in horse competitions. He has a very smooth walk and trot, which makes him very fun to ride. He loves peppermints!
"Hazel" is a 37-inch-tall, 5-year-old miniature horse. Her color is red-dun with a dorsal stripe. Her mellow, respectful temperament makes her a wonderful part of the team. She can be safely groomed and lead by children, the elderly, and those who are not mobile. She is tall enough to be ridden and driven, and she is great at jumping over obstacles. She is learning showmanship patterns to compete against the big horses.
Chance is a Tennessee Walking Horse who is in his 20's. He has lived on the ranch for most of his life, ridden by his owner, Mary Buell, on the trails. He is very familiar with the area, which makes him dependable and quiet. What a great temperament he has! And, he has a super smooth walk that is very comfortable. He prefers not to be in retirement, and is most happy helping at the center.
We were fortunate to acquire "Sea Biscuit" with a grant generously given by St. Peter's by the Sea Presbyterian Church of Palos Verdes. Sea Biscuit is an "Equicizer" --- a mechanical full-sized horse that can carry 500 lbs. He is for use to build core strength, flexibility, balance, and confidence. He is a welcome asset to the volunteer program for practicing mounting and dismounting procedures. Some clients may never ride a real horse, so Sea Biscuit and our miniature horse can be used for a full session of ground activities.
Ajax was graciously offered for use in the program by Sarah Collins. An American Quarter Horse, he is a great all-around horse for just about any level of rider. He was a former Canadian Mountie horse and he is about as honest as they come. He is kind soul!
Ralph is truly "bomb-proof." Not much personality, though. That is because he is a fiberglass horse. Ralph helps us teach grooming, haltering, leg wrapping, body parts, and safety principles. He is fun for the students to decorate for all the different holidays. Believe it or not, other horses actually get attached to Ralph!