Horses

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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.

Our Stable:

Prince

Prince

This Percheron is a wonderful grey gelding. His kind eye captivates all those who handle him. Prince’s 17.3 hand profile does not intimidate his riders; he is truly a gentle giant. Leased from Shea Harris, he fills many needs here at SMILES. His prior jobs ... read on

Tapper

Tapper

An Appaloosa gelding born in 1992 began his mission here at SMILES in 2009. Dun Tap, or Tapper, as we call him around the barn, is a natural; his narrow barrel is an easy ride for tighter riders who cannot sit on a broad horse. In his younger years he had many ... read on

Rose

Rose

Rose was purchased with a grant from Ecolab in 2010. This Percheron- Morgan mare came all the way from Iowa to develop into a therapy horse. This mare has many talents - including driving and pulling farm equipment! She provides a fast walk and a steady trot that ... read on

Bear

Bear

Bear Francisco, known around the barn as "Bear," is a 17.1 hand Hanoverian gelding. His career began at SMILES in 2009 and he quickly became a barn favorite. His kind eye and easy going nature make for a perfect match with the SMILES program. Foaled in ... read on

Bullet

Bullet

Born in 2001, originally named "Paints Dun By Sam" (or Bullet around the barn) came to SMILES in 2012. This gentle gelding loves attention and is an easy mount for his riders to learn on. Dun in color, this paint adds a big splash of color to our barn, and ... read on

Marshmallow

Marshmallow

Arriving at SMILES in 2006, Marshmallow has made quite an impression on our smaller riders. Standing at 13.3 hands tall, this small pinto pony mare gets the job done. She is perfect for our younger riders and those who need a slower moving horse. Marshmallow has ... read on

Norm

Norm

This steady Thoroughbred-Percheron gelding made his debut at SMILES in 2006. Norm is extremely gentle and patient while doing his job carrying bigger riders! Foaled in 1996, this bay fits in and functions well within the therapeutic riding setting. He is trustworthy ... read on

Rodney

Rodney

Rodney has the most endearing face in the whole barn. Ready to work with his riders patiently, Rodney encourages them to work on independent skills. Born in 1999 and standing at 14.3 hands, this Quarter horse gelding packs a host of fun for everyone involved. Rodney ... read on

Brenda

Brenda

Brenda is a registered Shetland pony foaled in 2000. She loves attention and works hard motivating our HEARTS clients. She also works as a mascot at SMILES events drawing many admiring fans to her side. “Shades of Blues Brenda” or Brenda, as we call her, ... read on

Linda

Linda

Linda is a registered miniature horse and her small stature is a perfect match for those participating in the HEARTS program. She encourages self care skills, judgment, sequencing, and strength with the programming she provides. Born in 1999, she will continue to ... read on

Otis

Otis

Otis is a handsome Quarter Horse/Morgan cross gelding who was born in 2001 and came to SMILES from Waterford in 2012. Before coming to SMILES, Otis was used as a competitive trail riding horse. His previous experiences with different obstacles, noises, etc have made ... read on

O'l Dollar

O'l Dollar

Ol' Dollar is a 13 year old registered Paint gelding. With his western stock horse stature, his owner decided to name him after a John Wayne movie horse, Ol' Dollar. He was born May 13, 2004. The day he was purchased by his owner, two five-year-old twins were riding ... read on

Sports Network

Sports Network

Sports Network is a 12 year old black Tennessee Walker gelding. Sport was born in Shelbyville, TN on October 2, 2005. He and Ol' Dollar came as a pair, and what a dynamic duo they have become! Prior to coming to SMILES, Sport was used for trail riding and was ... read on

April

April

"All About April" or April as she's called around the barn, is a 12 year old Paint mare. Before coming to SMILES, April was a trail horse who lived out in Nebraska with her owner. After moving to Wisconsin, April's owner started volunteering at SMILES and ... read on

Django

Django

SMILES is excited to introduce the newest member to our herd. Django (pronounced "Jango") is a 16 year old Off-the-Track Thoroughbred gelding. Before coming to SMILES, this ex-racer was used as a dressage horse, but when his owner had to relocate she ... read on

"He's So Hot"

"He's So Hot"

“He’s So Hot” is a 9 year old Standardbred gelding who was donated to SMILES by Bo and Vicky DeLong. Before coming to SMILES, “He’s So Hot” had an outstanding racing career as a pacer, however his career was cut short early on due ... read on

Junior

Junior

Junior is a 20 year old Thoroughbred gelding and a big sweetheart! Before coming to SMILES, Junior had a career in the Hunter Jumper Discipline, and prior to that he was a race horse. Junior is enjoying his new job here as a therapeutic riding horse and he has made ... read on

Licorice

Licorice

Licorice is a 19 year old black Solid Paint gelding and one of the newer members to the SMILES herd. Licorice came to SMILES from a nice family in Illinois where he was used in the Hunter Jumper Discipline. In this discipline Licorice helped to build new rider's ... read on

Princeton

Princeton

Princeton is a 10 year old Draft Cross gelding and the newest therapy horse at SMILES. This handsome gelding came to SMILES all the way from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and he is well worth the journey to get him here! Before coming to SMILES, Princeton was used ... read on

Rio

Rio

Rio is a 17 year old Quarter Horse gelding who came to SMILES from a local family where he was their first horse. Before coming to SMILES, Rio enjoyed his time exploring different trails and working in the arena. Rio is a pretty white horse that almost has a golden ... read on

Sharon

Sharon

Sharon was purchased from Iowa, along with Rose. She, too,was used to pull a cart and farm equipment. Her short stature and broad base makes her a superb candidate for our program. Sharon’s jet black coat, long mane, and pretty face are a quick eye ... read on

Turtle

Turtle

Turtle is a 19 year old Quarter Horse gelding who came to SMILES in the fall of 2013. Before starting his new job at SMILES, Turtle was used as a lesson horse for a young girl. This gentle gelding is a perfect fit here at SMILES due to his gentle and accepting ... read on