Horses Horses Horses
...three ranch dogs...two barn cats...and a couple of goats...
"God's Gift on the Hoof"
The core of our therapeutic team is our extensive herd of healthy, well-trained and sound horses, all of whom have gone through a thorough screening process prior to coming to Due West TRC.
 
Biscuits
Our youngest Quarter Horse herd member proves blondes have more fun and our riders agree! Her age belies her wisdom as she is able to carry some of our most involved riders safely.

Carter

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Dirham
Centavo
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This darling Quarter Horse gelding retired from a successful barrel racing career to become one of our most popular mounts. He's valued for his unflappable attitude. Graciously donated by the Tholen family.
We hit the jackpot when Heartland Therapeutic Riding donated this treasure to us. She is a very consistent and quiet-minded Quarter Horse.
Derby
Thank you to Shaleen Grabill for donating this Arab Welsh cross gelding to us. One of our newest members is also one of our most popular. The barn kids race to the lesson board to see which lucky one gets to ride him.
Fluffy
A sorrel Appaloosa with some attitude!  This girl is a blast to ride and has a great sense of humor!  She is great with children that have emotional disturbances.  She teaches patience and humility.
Gator
Mary's retired show horse. This sorrel Quarter Horse gelding won on the open and Quarter Horse circuits in many events until it was time for retirement.  His willing nature and people-loving personality tend to make everyone forget any troubles they have!
Harry
Thank you to the Kemble family for this talented, friendly Paint gelding. His level of training in multiple disciplines makes him irreplaceable, especially with our more independent riders.
Jane
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This beautiful, black Quarter Horse mare was a gift from Don and Sherry Brown. Jane is very tuned in to our riders with socio-emotional diagnoses. Jane is very quiet and patient. 
Kirk
Kirk is a Quarter Horse gelding. He is a former show horse who left the show arena to grace our arena. He is one of the most willing horses we have.
Nike

Mack

A poster child for the noble Thoroughbred breed, this dark bay mare oozes class!  She is a wise, kind model of a mare. She considers it an honor to carry her riders through their paces.
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Moon
Dorothy McKee has loaned us this amazing Appaloosa gelding.  His past training has made him invaluable in our program.  He loves to be spoiled!
Prince
Our handsome, bay Thoroughbred boy likes nothing more than to come out of the pasture and into the arena for a lesson. His friendly personality is noticeable in his preference for humans over horses.
RJ
This Gypsy Vanner gelding is a supreme therapy horse.  His very gentle nature and smooth gaits make it easy for him to carry any rider. His flashy color and puppy-dog personality make him a favorite!
Quiz
Sister
In the dictionary next to the word "sweet" is a picture of Quiz, our handsome Paint gelding. He is truly the sweetheart of the herd and a favorite among our riders.
Our striking black and white tobiano Paint mare is a true testament to faith.  She had an abusive past when she came to Mary and now trusts unconditionally.  She can be counted on to give her rider a fun lesson.
SQ
We are blessed to have acquired this darling Quarter Horse mare.  She adapts quickly to any level of rider and is so versatile. This girl is all business!
Stormy
Thank you to the Ashberger family for their donation of this grey Welsh Pony gelding.  He is very tolerant and a wonderful mount for our younger students.
Waffles
Twisty
A pint-sized Pinto Pony with a heart of gold!  She will win you over at first sight with her sweet personality and adorable size!  She takes our youngest riders around the arena and out on the trails with grace and charm.
A western pleasure champion at the highest national levels, a foot injury brought this Quarter Horse mare to our barn.  She enjoys her new career as a therapeutic horse and loves to teach her riders how to trot.

Winnie

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Casey - retired
Whiskers - retired
Our loud-colored Appaloosa gelding has been with us the longest.  He had a successful show jumping career before becoming our trustworthy lesson horse.  His big movement and ground covering strides make our riders feel like they’re flying!
Casey came to us from the Blake family. She was everyone's first choice of mount until medical issues forced her retirement. She is our most vocal herd member and keeps track of everyone.

Zoom - retired

Bio coming soon!​​

In Memoriam

Here at Due West TRC, our horses are just as much a part of our "barn family" as our riders. We celebrate them for the joy and laughter they give us through their individual talents and personalities. We also mourn them when a member of this beloved herd passes on. Over the last six years, five of these beautiful creatures left us for Heaven's pasture. We will always love and miss them. We will always be grateful to them. 

Fagan
Tender
This sorrel Quarter Horse mare was the foundation on which Due West TRC was built. Her smooth gaits and calm demeanor made any rider feel confident. She insisted on accuracy from her riders and hundreds got their start on the back of this great mare.
Never in a hurry, Fagan gave our more timid riders the confidence they needed to ride. Fuzzy and sweet, our littlest riders adored him.
Jeffery
Smokey
A flashy, black Paint mare with a blaze and four white stockings, Smokey was a treasure and Tender's right-hand girl. She was the perfect size for our younger riders and was as honest as they come. Her riders always got 100% from this little girl.
A sharp, handsome Paint horse with World Titles under his belt. He was an exceptionally honest guy with a patient, willing attitude. His talent as a show horse was only shadowed by his talent as a therapy horse.

Ginger

She was our herd matriarch and donated to us by Sarah Rizzo. She was a darling little Quarter Horse with a big heart. Ginger loved attention and never put a hoof wrong.
 

OUR OTHER FURRY KIDS

One trip to Due West Ranch and you will have undoubtedly met the ranch dogs. Murphy is the playful black lab who loves going for a swim in the pond just as much as she loves hanging out in the barn.  Cowboy and Kale are the tag-team Australian Shepherds who love attention and skritches behind their ears. And then there's Angelo, our "horse goat." Mary and Bill had the winning bid for him at our inaugural Cowboys & Angels auction in May of 2015. He made himself at home with the herd and they quickly adopted him as one of their own. Carmine, the friendly goat, arrived on the scene in 2016!