HORSES & PONIES
Our horses and ponies are hand-picked for their gentle nature and joy in working with children and young adults. All of our equine partners are specifically trained to work with young people who have special needs. Our horses and all other animals involved in our programs are treated with respect and receive outstanding care and affection from our staff, trained volunteers, veterinarians and alternative caregivers. Without the collective support of our caregivers and donors, we would not have the wonderful animals needed to help our students in their therapeutic riding and other related activities.
DOB: 1986 - retired in 2010
Doc was one of the first of two Icelandic horses to come to Berryfield Farm. He was selected to be a Friends For Tomorrow therapy horse because he is perfect to work with children - he is small, strong, calm, and friendly. Doc is now retired from the program but still enjoys visits and love from the children, staff, and volunteers who continue to celebrate the many years he spent making a difference in so many lives.
DOB: May 6, 1993
Color: Red Dun
Dayton's registered name is Ogmundur fra Ketilsstooum. He is very good at the tolt, a gait unique to the Icelandic breed. Dayton has learned to pull a cart, and has been a part of many local 4th of July Parades. Dayton is a handsome horse with the heart to match.
DOB: May 2, 2005
Breed: Gypsy Vanner
Katie is a therapeutic riding horse that dabbles in dressage. She has a beautiful flowing mane and white feathers (long hairs around her ankles) to match. Many say that the marking on her left shoulder looks like North America.
DOB: October 9, 1990
Ohio has had many jobs at our farm - from dressage show pony to carriage driving champion to therapeutic mount. He is best friends with Doc who he shares a turnout with. Everyone knows his name as he has it branded on his back - well - atleaset it looks like his name, OH10. If you're lucky, he may show you how he can smile!
Romeo - retired in 2015
Breed: Quarter Horse
Romeo made us all laugh with his playfulness - he always wanted to play with the toys before the students. He was a successful reining horse for many years with his previous owner and he is now enjoying his time in the field of Virginia. He was great at teaching our more advanced students to post and ride independently. His coat shimmers like copper when he stands in the sunshine. He is very friendly and will often nicker when called.
DOB: January, 1996
Breed: Thoroughbred Cross
Shyann, or Annie as some of us have affectionately nicknamed her has a petite frame and is a wonderful mount for our smaller riders. Annie is experienced and mature, which makes her an exceptionally patient teacher. She stands beautifully for extended periods of time for grooming in our Pony Partners and mounted game play in Therapeutic Horseback riding programs. She is a wonderful teacher at the walk for our beginner students who are developing their basic skills like steering, and at the trot for our more advanced riders developing their posting rhythm and diagonals.
DOB: February 3, 2000
Color: Red Roan
Breed: Quarter Horse
When not at FFT, Sparky works at a summer camp in Hudson, where he has been being adored by hundreds of children. His quiet nature and sweet face make him a favorite with children and adults. His rhythmic trot is perfect for new riders. His registered name is Sparky's Two-Eyed Leo.
DOB: March 10, 1999
Color: Blue Dun
Thor grew up in a herd of Icelandic horeses and spent his time giving trail rides to riders needing special care. He is especially cute because of his full forelock. Thor is patient and kind with the students and volunteers and loves to snuggle.