The H.E.L.P. Herd
About Our Herd
H.E.L.P.’s horses are carefully screened for health, training, and temperament before they are accepted into the program. Once they have been screened, horses undergo a 90-day trail period to determine if they are a good candidate for the program, after which they are either officially adopted to live and work at H.E.L.P. or returned to their owners.
We care for our family of horses in the best way possible. Not only do they get their feed, farrier, and medical needs met, they enjoy a high quality of life on H.E.L.P.’s 20-acre facility.
Horse Retirement Information
If you have the heart, time, and dedication to provide a loving home for one of the H.E.L.P. herd who is looking for a retirement home, please contact the Director for more information.
Bubbles is the smallest member of the H.E.L.P. herd, as a young 8yo small white pony. In his former life, Bubbles participated in multiple outreach programs including a daycare center. Here at H.E.L.P. he works with our equine facilitated learning clients and participates in local parades, fundraising events, and has visited the Texas School for the Deaf.
Jake is a 17-year-old, beautiful black bay Percheron-Cross who came to H.E.L.P. in April 2010 with his buddy, Rooster. He has a sweet personality and is eager to please. At 16.1 hands, he is the tallest of our horses. While Jake's height makes him quite intimidating, he is truly a gentle giant.
Khoko is a 14 y/o Arabian whose registered name is Khokopelli. He was donated to H.E.L.P. in 2017, along with his half brother Piphy, by a the Bruce family who were touched by therapeutic riding when their son used to ride our sweet Regal. Khoko helps our advanced riders learn the finer points of riding and partnering with the horse. Khoko and Piphy are the dynamic duo of H.E.L.P. complementing our clients each in their own way.
Mistee was donated to H.E.L.P. in 2015 by Erin Snyder and her daughter. She is a registered American Quarter Horse whose full name is Miss Tee Dee Bar. Mistee is 23 years old now, but she doesn't know it. Her forward and smooth gait helps riders at the walk and trot work on their riding skills. She’s sensitive to her rider/volunteers and knows just how much patience they need from her.
Nelly is a 14 y/o Oldenburg Warmblood who was donated in November 2018 by Janet Roe. She comes from a background in dressage, a very refined style of riding. Nelly, however, prefers the trails to dressage making her a great fit in the H.E.L.P. program. Her larger stature and calm nature makes her a perfect fit for a range of clients.
Piphy is a 15 y/o Arabian horse whose registered name is Epiphanie. He was donated to H.E.L.P. in 2017, along with his half brother Khoko, by the Bruce family who were touched by therapeutic riding when their son used to ride our sweet Regal. Piphy loves all of his clients dearly and is very engaged with the work he does here at H.E.L.P. His smaller stature and handsome looks make for a great introduction to first time horse clients and volunteers!
Regal was donated to H.E.L.P. in September 2002 by Kay Smith. He is a registered American Quarter Horse whose full name is Lucky’s Regal Cresent. He’s our “steady Eddy” with a solid stance to hold any unbalanced rider. He has the patience of a saint! Regal loves his riders and the H.E.L.P. herd but is now looking for a retirement home where he can graze, sunbathe, and roll in the dirt with some buddies.
Regal is currently sponsored by Debbie and Paul Trylko.
Our handsome boy Rico is a 16yo Quarter Horse who joined H.E.L.P. in November 2018. He was a family horse in his former life, which makes him a great fit for our clients. Rico is naturally a very sweet and nurturing horse. He has the unique ability to adjust his personality and ride to whatever his client needs during their lesson.
Rooster joined H.E.L.P. in April 2010 with his buddy, Jake, from the Mohr family. He is a 19-year-old Quarter Horse / Appaloosa Cross with a gorgeous copper coat that shines like a penny! Friends of a H.E.L.P. rider understood the difference horses make in our riders’ lives, so they worked to have them rehabilitated and trained to be horses suitable for therapeutic riding and then donated them to H.E.L.P.. Rooster loves to play with the jolly ball and get hugs from his riders.
Jack & Tess
Jack and Tess are the great herd protectors at H.E.L.P.. As progress closes in around us, coyotes are common visitors at night. Jack and Tess run them out of the field as part of their natural instincts. Jack also thinks of himself as the official welcoming committee. He will let out a very loud bray to welcome you to his home! Fun Fact: Tess, our 19-year-old donkey, is actually the mother of Jack, the 9 year old.