EQUI-KIDS is home to a beautiful herd of horses who are housed in a 24-stall barn on our 92-acre property. While some of the horses belong to EQUI-KIDS, most are loaned to us by their generous owners. Each week our team of hardworking horses provides riding lessons and other equine-assisted activities to a diverse group of riders. Our programs offer support to individuals with disabilities such as Down syndrome, autism, spina bifida, multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injury, cerebral palsy, amputation, mental and physical disabilities, attention deficit disorder and more.

In order to be Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH) certified, each horse must go through an onboarding process of specialized training and trials, as well as each instructor receiving additional training in order to meet the specific needs of each individual and their specific and unique diagnoses.

Through your generous donations and these special animals, our community is changing. Individuals who may face our world with challenges and fears are finding a place where they are accepted and can begin to see what amazing potential lies within each of them. For interest in supporting our hardworking herd, horse sponsorships are available.

Bodie

Hi, I’m Bodie. I’m a Palomino Paint Gelding and I used to be a trail horse on the beach in North Carolina. I’m named after one of their lighthouses. Like the lighthouse, I stand strong when my riders are not and I steadily show them the way. When I’m not needed in lessons, I like to have fun and kick up my heels with my paddock mate Remi.

Bodie

Hi, I’m Bodie. I’m a Palomino Paint Gelding and I used to be a trail horse on the beach in North Carolina. I’m named after one of their lighthouses. Like the lighthouse, I stand strong when my riders are not and I steadily show them the way. When I’m not needed in lessons, I like to have fun and kick up my heels with my paddock mate Remi.

Braveheart

Hi, my name is Braveheart! My breed is called Paint because of my spotted coloring. After years of service on the mounted patrol there is nothing I haven’t seen or done. I’m a steady fellow always taking special care of my rider.

Braveheart

Hi, my name is Braveheart! My breed is called Paint because of my spotted coloring. After years of service on the mounted patrol there is nothing I haven’t seen or done. I’m a steady fellow always taking special care of my rider.

Cali

Hi, I'm Cali! I'm a Welsh pony. I am a sweet and willing riding partner who likes attention and enjoys being with all my riders. I love working at EQUI-KIDS during the winter months! During the rest of the year, you can find me at Hunt Club Farm.

Cali

Hi, I'm Cali! I'm a Welsh pony. I am a sweet and willing riding partner who likes attention and enjoys being with all my riders. I love working at EQUI-KIDS during the winter months! During the rest of the year, you can find me at Hunt Club Farm.

Fancy

Hi, I’m Fancy. I’m a passive pony which makes me good at my job. I am the resident babysitter for anyone who needs me. I love my job and do it well.

Fancy

Hi, I’m Fancy. I’m a passive pony which makes me good at my job. I am the resident babysitter for anyone who needs me. I love my job and do it well.

Hildy

Hi, I’m Hildy! I’m a Spotted Draft horse. Because of my breed, I’m a big girl with a mellow temperament. I’m a work horse by nature and willing to carry riders of all sizes.

Hildy

Hi, I’m Hildy! I’m a Spotted Draft horse. Because of my breed, I’m a big girl with a mellow temperament. I’m a work horse by nature and willing to carry riders of all sizes.

Honey

Hi, I’m Honey! I’m a Paint horse. I’m a quiet, easygoing fellow who doesn’t get disturbed by much. My temperament makes me easy and fun to ride. All my riders leave with a smile on their face.

Honey

Hi, I’m Honey! I’m a Paint horse. I’m a quiet, easygoing fellow who doesn’t get disturbed by much. My temperament makes me easy and fun to ride. All my riders leave with a smile on their face.

Jellybean

Hi, I’m Jellybean. I’m a cross breed of Welsh and Thoroughbred. I have a quiet disposition and I’m a dedicated riding partner. When I’m in the pasture, I like to have fun. No one will catch me without my halter on.

Jellybean

Hi, I’m Jellybean. I’m a cross breed of Welsh and Thoroughbred. I have a quiet disposition and I’m a dedicated riding partner. When I’m in the pasture, I like to have fun. No one will catch me without my halter on.

Jill

Hi, I'm Jill! I'm a draft mule and former trail horse from North Carolina. I love being the only mule at EQUI-KIDS because everyone wants to ride me.

Jill

Hi, I'm Jill! I'm a draft mule and former trail horse from North Carolina. I love being the only mule at EQUI-KIDS because everyone wants to ride me.

Max

Hi, I’m Max, a Tennessee Walking Horse Bay Gelding. I’m just a good ole boy originally from the Shenandoah Valley in the Blue Ridge Mountains. During my many years of being a police horse with the Virginia Beach Mounted Patrol, I have learned to go with the flow and am all about taking care of my rider. I am so laid back, you can call me anything you’d like, just don’t call me late for dinner.

Max

Hi, I’m Max, a Tennessee Walking Horse Bay Gelding. I’m just a good ole boy originally from the Shenandoah Valley in the Blue Ridge Mountains. During my many years of being a police horse with the Virginia Beach Mounted Patrol, I have learned to go with the flow and am all about taking care of my rider. I am so laid back, you can call me anything you’d like, just don’t call me late for dinner.

Mia

Hi, I’m Mia! I’m a Draft Cross Bay Mare. I am as sweet as I am big. A smoother ride, you will not find! I pride myself on how well I move, not causing any commotion with my rider, even when I trot. In my spare time, I love hanging out with my best friend and paddock mate, Hildy.

Mia

Hi, I’m Mia! I’m a Draft Cross Bay Mare. I am as sweet as I am big. A smoother ride, you will not find! I pride myself on how well I move, not causing any commotion with my rider, even when I trot. In my spare time, I love hanging out with my best friend and paddock mate, Hildy.

Omar

Hi, I’m Omar. My breed is Dutch Warmblood. I was a member of the mounted patrol for many years. Due to my past career, I have patience and confidence in any situation. I try to inspire the same in my riders so that they may have a good time when we are together.

Omar

Hi, I’m Omar. My breed is Dutch Warmblood. I was a member of the mounted patrol for many years. Due to my past career, I have patience and confidence in any situation. I try to inspire the same in my riders so that they may have a good time when we are together.

Remi

Hi, my name is Remi. I am a chestnut colored Welsh pony. I am a friendly and sweet gelding who loves teaching and working with my riders who are learning the finer points of horseback riding. We make beautiful strides together while having fun.

Remi

Hi, my name is Remi. I am a chestnut colored Welsh pony. I am a friendly and sweet gelding who loves teaching and working with my riders who are learning the finer points of horseback riding. We make beautiful strides together while having fun.

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