Horses and humans have been partners throughout history, as we developed our methods of hunting, farming, transportation and mail delivery. They have offered entertainment and supported us in battle.
Today, horses continue to partner with humans in their special relationships, befriending, entertaining and changing lives for those with special needs.
The SMILES horses come from diverse backgrounds and previous careers. They come in all shapes and sizes, from all breeds and disciplines. What they have in common is a patient and tolerant nature, and a sound mind and body, and they each offer a unique opportunity to the clients at SMILES.
Please take a moment and meet the special horses at SMILES.
"All About April" or April as she's called around the barn, is a 12 year old Paint mare.
Del (e.g. 'He’s So Hot') is a 9 year old Standardbred gelding who was donated to SMILES by Bo and Vicky DeLong.
Linda is a registered miniature horse and her small stature is a perfect match for those participating in the HEARTS program.
This Percheron is a wonderful grey gelding.
Sharon was purchased from Iowa, along with Rose.
Brenda is a registered Shetland pony foaled in 2000.
Django (pronounced "Jango") is a 16 year old Off-the-Track Thoroughbred gelding.
Junior is a 20 year old Thoroughbred gelding and a big sweetheart!
Arriving at SMILES in 2006, Marshmallow has made quite an impression on our smaller riders.
Rio is a 17 year old Quarter Horse gelding who came to SMILES from a local family where he was their first horse.
Sports Network is a 12 year old black Tennessee Walker gelding.
Born in 2001, originally named "Paints Dun By Sam" (or Bullet around the barn) came to SMILES in 2012.
Ol' Dollar is a 13 year old registered Paint gelding.
Licorice is a 19 year old black Solid Paint gelding and one of the newer members to the SMILES' herd.
This steady Thoroughbred-Percheron gelding made his debut at SMILES in 2006.
Rodney has the most endearing face in the whole barn.
An Appaloosa gelding born in 1992 began his mission here at SMILES in 2009.
Otis is a handsome Quarter Horse/Morgan cross gelding who was born in 2001 and came to SMILES from Waterford in 2012.
Rose was purchased with a grant from Ecolab in 2010.
Turtle is a 19 year old Quarter Horse gelding who came to SMILES in the fall of 2013.