"Ask Sara" Blog

December 28, 2016

When you walk through the barn of Southern Reins Center for Equine Therapy, you will find horses of all shapes and sizes. There are many factors that must be considered when selecting an appropriate therapy horse; from past experience to gait, and even personality. In this post I will be focusing on our trial period and how size and soundness pertain to the selection process.

At Southern Reins each horse goes through a 90-day trial period before they officially become a part of our therapy horse team. We look for horses sound of body and mind, as this can be a very mentally and physically demanding job.

First and most importantly, I allow them plenty of time to settle into their new surroundings and the herd they will be turned out with. How a horse gets along with the members of the herd is very important. If they are stressed out or unhappy for any reason, it will absolutely carry over into their other daily activities. We have multiple large paddocks that allow us to group the horses...

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