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.
Our “gentle giant” Montana is always a crowd favorite. At 15.2 hands Montana is the largest of our herd and we are always being asked about her impressive look. Despite her size she is kind and wise, and has a beautiful gait at the trot and canter. Montana specializes in handling our larger clients who might not be able to ride a smaller horse and is in hunter jumper training for our riding club. Her quiet and calm nature make her a great school horse and she is adapts to our more sensitive riders quickly and accurately.
Pancho came to the WCE team in the summer of 2017 after being rehomed from a rescue situation. In 2014 DAR of Rincon rescued Pancho from severe malnutrition and nursed him back to health. He was adopted by a kind family, but they found after time they did not have the time to give Pancho what he needed. This ex roping and cow horse needed a job! Pancho loves to work, whether it is for horsemanship and pony rides or for therapeutic lessons. Pancho can turn up the heat as well and is a promising barrel racing and pole bending horse for our riding club kids.
Sweet Tula was rescued in the spring of 2017 from a severe case of mistreatment and malnourishment. When she came into our possession we were warned that she was “crazy” and would never be able to be handled. Even approaching her to halter her or bathe her was a challenge. Over time, working with trusting volunteers and instructors, Tula has been rehabilitated and is turning into a gorgeous horse. She is still wary of strangers, but with the continued focus of our dear volunteer Leslie, Tula has been given the love she deserves and she has a bright future ahead.