Meet the Horses

The NMCTR horses are the true heroes of our program. They work incredibly hard, and enrich the lives of all our participants. They contribute to the success of our program every day. We currently work with nine active equine partners, who demonstrate tremendous patience and heart for our participants. We also recognize the contributions of our retired partners, and continue to honor, in loving memory, two horses who changed many lives and will always have a special place in our hearts.

Poncho

Poncho

Poncho, is a 25-year-old veteran of the program at NMCTR. He is an extremely solid and handsome blue roan gelding, and spent most of his career as a trail horse. Poncho is a wise old guy, and takes his time to figure new people out. He absolutely loves working with independent riders, and working as a team with humans. Likes: turn out with his best friend, Yoda, and getting his rear-end scratched; Dislikes: when people are too rough with him, being lunged.

Blue

Blue

Blue is a 24-year-old Quarter Horse mare, and before she came to NMCTR, she worked as a mounted shooting pony. As cute as a button, Blue is very sweet and calm in her stall and when she’s working with a rider, but when she is turned out she loves to run around fast and is always full of energy! Likes: running around in turn out, her best friend Lola; Dislikes: taking her meds.

Lola

Lola

Our beautiful big Lola is a 21-year-old bay Brandenburger mare, and was formally a Grand Prix show jumper in the US and Germany. Lola is a wonderful partner at NMCTR, she is very kind and forgiving, and, despite her size, incredibly gentle! Lola always wants to know what’s going on in the barn, and will come to say hello when folks arrive. Likes: clicker training, turn out with Blue and the other horses; Dislikes: when people are too rough, when there’s no hay left.

Yoda

Yoda

Sponsored By: Shelley P.

Yoda is a 17-year-old Norwegian Fjord gelding. He came to us from a Fjord breeding farm, and had an easy-going life prior to his job at NMCTR. He is our class clown, and is always looking for ways to make us laugh. Yoda is a perfect big clunky boy, and likes when he can go slow and take his time. He loves to show off his monthly new haircut, and his tricks! Likes: his best friend Poncho, going out for walks; Dislikes: being bossed around.

Ginger

Ginger

Ginger is a 22-year-old red roan Quarter Horse mare, formally a roping horse. She was retired from roping due to a minor injury, and absolutely loves her job as an equine partner at NMCTR. Ginger is very sweet and quiet, and loves to be groomed. She teaches all the new volunteers how to halter and lead a horse. Likes: massages, lying down and sunbathing; Dislikes: Sterling drinking out of her water bucket.

PJ (RETIRED)

PJ (RETIRED)

PJ is a 20-year-old liver chestnut Welsh Pony gelding, formally a children's show pony. He helped many children learn how to ride, has taught children to jump, and has been a pony club partner. Don't let his size fool you: he thinks he is a massive. He joined NMCTR as a key member in the School Outreach Program, assisting children from participating schools.

Cisco

Cisco

Cisco is a gorgeous boy, and his distinctive blue/brown eyes are his trademark. He is a registered paint Quarter Horse gelding, and earned his chops as a ranch horse. Cisco is 25, and he is not interested in snuggling – he’d rather teach you how to ride. He loves trail rides, and thinks he is the king of the barn! Likes: messing around with Lola, feeding time; Dislikes: being cuddled.

Sterling

Sterling

Sponsored by: Ryan B

Our distinguished gentleman, Sterling, is a 25-year-old flea bitten grey Missouri Fox Trotter gelding. He has done it all! English and Western riding, reining, dressage, hunter/jumpers, and trail riding. Due to his exceptional training and wonderful gait, he is, rightfully, a favorite at NMCTR. He adores attention and loves to snuggle with volunteers and riders. Likes: snuggles, being groomed; Dislikes: Yoda, being interrupted during breakfast.

Sherman

Sherman

Sherman is an 11-year-old miniature pony bay gelding. Becoming NMCTR's Equine-Assisted Learning pony is his first career. He loves to be groomed and enjoys being led around by children. He hopes to help people overcome fears and attend community events to enlighten the world about NMCTR!

Misty

Misty

Misty is a 15-year-old paint Draft cross mare, and she is best friends with Maina. Misty is a big girl, but she is very gentle and kind, and likes to be painted, and have her mane braided. Misty is a wonderfully smooth horse to ride. In the barn, she is jokester, very bossy to the other horses, and absolutely loves feeding time. Likes: her best friend Maina, anything she can eat; Dislikes: flies, when there’s nothing to eat.

Maina

Maina

Maina is a very striking black Quarter Horse/Arabian cross mare. She is 18, but she has the personality and physicality of a much younger horse. Maina moves beautifully, but most importantly, she is the sweetest, kindest and most patient horse in our barn. She loves connecting with humans, and will happily fall asleep in your arms. Likes: humans, her best friend Misty; Dislikes: not getting enough cuddles, when Ginger steals her feeder

Tosca - IN LOVING MEMORY

Tosca - IN LOVING MEMORY

Tosca was a 30-year-old registered Appaloosa Quarter Horse mare. She is still considered one of the best therapeutic riding horses at NMCTR. Tosca will always be loved by us at NMCTR.

Maggie - IN LOVING MEMORY

Maggie - IN LOVING MEMORY

Maggie was a 22-year-old Dun Grade mare. She had an incredibly sweet disposition and loves attention. Maggie will always be loved by us at NMCTR.

Sponsor a Horse!

Over the course of a year, feed, shavings, routine and emergency veterinary care, and other expenses become quite costly. We are currently looking for horse sponsorships that will fund these expenses, allowing us to provide quality care for our heroes.

Please follow the link in the sidebar above to sponsor one of our horses.