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Our Dearly Missed Horse Friends

Szanghi - Retired Nov. 2020

Birthday:  June 22, 1993

Breed:  Arabian

Gender:  Gelding

Color:  Liver Chestnut

Height:  14.3hh

Created “I Did It!” Moments:  2009 - 2020


Szanghi was donated to TEC by Joy and Becca Stemm.  He is an experienced trail and lesson horse, and a veteran show horse in Western and Dressage.  His exceptional training made him a favorite for those who needed a light-handed, responsive horse that would do just about anything asked of him.  He was our go-to-horse for riders who were learning to ride independently and perfect for riders who needed the gentle sway of his body to relax tight muscles.  His highly intuitive and sensitive demeanor was ideal for veterans and active military members dealing with PTSD.   He’s also a charmer and brings a smile to most anyone who meets him.

Contact the Barn Manager

Contact: Jennifer Cook

Phone/Text:  (269) 362-1931


Alex - Retired April 2020

Garth Horse

Birthday:  January 1, 2014

Breed:  Hafinger Breed

Gender:  Gelding

Color:  Palomino

Height:  14hh

Created “I Did It!” Moments:  2016 - 2020


Alex was leased to the Therapeutic Equestrian Center from Charity Hackett.  He came to the barn as an experienced trail and lesson pony.  His good looks and charm made him an instant favorite.  His body type was perfect for carrying larger riders.  With his steady and quiet nature, he made it an easy ride for adults and children.  His goofy, lazy personality made riders smile. 

Thunder - Retired Nov. 2018

Birthday:  January 1, 1996

Breed:  Paint/Quarter

Gender:  Gelding

Color:  Bay Tobiano

Height:  15.1hh

Created “I Did It!” Moments:  2016 - 2018


Thunder was leased to TEC from Colleen McNamara.  He came to the barn as an experienced trail horse and ex-barrel racing competitor.  From the day he arrived, Thunder knew what he needed to do for our riders.  With his exceptional temperament and gentle soul, he was well suited for therapy work.  His calmness and steady nature made him great for being led by someone in a wheelchair or helping a rider learn to ride independently.  He dids well with riders of all ages.

Tori - Retired Nov. 2018

Birthday:  January 1, 1992

Breed:  Arabian Cross

Gender:  Mare

Color:  Chestnut

Height:  13.2hh

Created “I Did It!” Moments:  2008 - 2018


Tori came to TEC, along with Garth from Vandalia, Ohio.  She was an experienced trail, lesson, and camp pony.  Tori was our sweet girl who helped many of our “little ones” get started in therapeutic riding.  She was a perfect lady for the smallest riders, patient for those nervous of horses, great with those working from wheelchairs, and easy to work with in all forms.  Her bouncy trot was a favorite of many as they giggled around the arena.

Bess - Retired Sept. 2018

Birthday:  January 1, 1994

Breed:  Percheron-Standardbred

Gender:  Mare

Color:  Dark Bay

Height:  15.2hh

Created “I Did It!” Moments Since:  2016 - 2018


Bess was donated to TEC by Marjorie Godines.  She is an experienced driving horse with many miles and hours all over the state.  She even traveled to Florida with her owner for a short period.  Her excitement about working outside is infectious and challenged our riders with patience and focus for trail rides.  She was always eager and willing to work with any level of rider in the arena.

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