Our equine partners are the most valuable assets in both our traditional and therapeutic programs. We strive to provide them the most comprehensive care and consideration both physically and emotionally. Many of our horses have come from difficult or rescue circumstances themselves and as part of our rescue program we try to re-train our rescue horses into the riding programs if at all possible. If you would like to support our operations by sponsoring an equine, please click the donate button below.
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Cheveyo is the patriarch of our herd. At 24 years old he knows his job and does does it well. Cheveyo means “spirit warrior”, when watching how Cheveyo interacts with the most vulnerable of students it is clear that he lives up to his name. Cheveyo was once a great Paso Fino show horse and spent most of his life in a barn where he was used for breeding. Cheveyo came to West Coast Ecuestre as a donation from a school, where he was living as a pet. Cheveyo was not ready for retirement and has been enjoying his role as a therapy horse for the past 3 years. He is still very spirited and has a cheeky side and loves to put some of our more advanced students to the test.
Josie has been with West Coast Ecuestre since we started our very first pony rides in 2015. Josie is a 13 year old, sassy, little Paso Fino mix. She has a comfortable gaited trot, rocking horse canter and perfect manners under the saddle. Josie primarily works our traditional riding club and is a great transition horse for our newest riders as they begin to work off-lead for the first time. Her reliability under saddles gives them lots of confidence. She is great for our younger beginner riders and small adults and is a popular favorite among many of our newer students. Most recently she even took some of our rodeo kids around their first barrels and poles!
Spirit wins a lots of our beauty contests around here and as you can tell this gorgeous mare is a crowd favorite. Spirit is a 15 year old ex barrel racer. She came to us in 2016 when her owner decided to retire her from her barrel career. Normally an ex-racer may not have the personality for a therapy horse but Spirit has proven that this is her calling. Spirit is the ideal therapy horse, she has a sweet, motherly temperament and demonstrates such a caring patience with our students. She will stand completely still while children brush her and has such a sensitivity and softness towards individuals struggling with physical disabilities.
Romeo was found abandoned and emaciated, tied to the end of a rope which was embedded into his back legs. Luckily his rescuer found him in time and took him back to her farm where he was nursed back to the best of health. At 6 years old Romeo was ready to begin some training and it became clear that he had a wonderful personality and disposition suitable for therapy riding. A year ago West Coast Ecuestre took Romeo in and began his schooling to become the next therapy horse. He has progressed wonderfully and is being used for horsemanship and pony rides for our younger students.
KTJ (“Katie”) is a 9-year-old dark bay thoroughbred mare, rescued from the racetrack here in Puerto Rico by Caribbean Thoroughbred Aftercare and Hacienda Siesta Alegre just as she was going to be killed because she was not winning races (making $ for her owner). She has been an integral part of our herd for the past 6 years and she is an elegant and trustworthy horse, with excellent ground manners and very soft under saddle. With a leader, she is the perfect mount for larger riders of any age and she is also a wonderful horse under saddle for our more advanced independent riders. She is an extremely sensitive horse who adapts to and provides therapeutic interaction with those suffering from trauma, abuse and neglect.
(“Choco” for short) is a 16-year-old Criollo gelding who was rescued from abuse and neglect 11 years ago. Over the years he has become a top-notch therapy horse – perfectly patient and easy-going for beginners, but able to challenge intermediate and advanced riders. Choco always knows what someone is feeling and provides gentle but effective therapeutic insights to people who need to work on communication, leadership, and emotional issues.
Zip is a 16-year-old quarter horse gelding and is leased to WCE by Marie Ramos. He is exceptionally beautiful, is easy-going and loves human attention, grooming and scratching. Under saddle his gaits are very smooth and he is always looking to please his human partner.
Sprocket is a 6-year-old Paso Fino gelding and the newest addition to our herd. He was rescued after Hurricane Maria when he was found abandoned and close to death from dehydration and malnutrition. In the past four months he has become healthy and happy and we have found him to be a very mellow little guy with a personality that just wants to please and be close to humans who are kind to him. Sproket is still in training and will start out working in our Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Learning classes.